CIRA makes recommendations on how to get the best results.
The most important is to connect your computer directly to the modem/router using an Ethernet cable. Wi-Fi networks are notoriously unreliable for doing Internet testing for a number of reasons, particularly the higher the connection speeds you have and will be challenged to provide the accuracy available from a direct connection to the modem.
We also recommend disconnecting other users and devices, do not run other applications when doing a test, and use a trusted browser like Google Chrome. If you insist on using a Wi-Fi connection, use a modem with a minimum Technical Standard of 802.11a or g for connections up to 20 Mbps, 802.11n for connections up to 100 Mbps, 802.11ac for connections up to 200 Mbps and 802.11ax for connections up to 2 Gbps.
IPT is primarily testing Canada’s Internet to locate unserved and underserved areas across Canada, identify areas where better Internet is still needed and to track upgraded Internet services to make sure that they deliver what is promised.
IPT test servers are designed to test most internet speeds available around 1-3Gbps, but really, any speed above 100 Mbps is sufficient for most users and should not require any focus or funding to be improved until all Canadians have access to the Universal Service Objective of 50/10Mbps. Given that the majority of rural Canada does not have access to the USO, we have a long way to go.
If your internet speed is very fast you may sometime see less accurate results since the servers share bandwidth between tests. Even with the 10Gbps capacity to our servers, it only takes a few people with high bandwidth testing to create a bottleneck. As such the servers may, from time-to-time, refuse to test higher bandwidth connections in order to protect against this issue.
We have upgraded all IPT test sites to 10Gbps capacity to be able to support the majority of testing conditions, but this will not change the basic capabilities of the test and its servers as we search for and confirm areas that need improved connectivity.