Prior to having fiber internet, most customers never bothered running internet speed tests. What’s the point on dial-up or satellite?

Now a speed test will be your broadband badge of honor, giving you bragging rights about the amazing speeds you experience through your Midwest Connections fiber service.

Running a speed test is a quick and easy process; all you need is an Ethernet cable and a laptop or desktop. First, make sure all devices (besides the one you’re using to test) are turned off as anything connecting to the internet through Ethernet or Wi-Fi will result in an inaccurate speed test. You also need to determine which procedure to follow. If you’re using our router, follow the Calix 844 steps. Using your own router? Follow the Calix 716 steps.

Calix 844 Procedure:

  1. Plug the Ethernet cable into any of the four yellow ports on the back of the ONT (shown).
  2. Plug the other end into the Ethernet port on your laptop or desktop.
  3. Open your internet browser (Safari, Chrome, Explorer, etc.) and type in speedtest.net.
  4. Click Begin Test.
  5. Make note of your speeds.

Calix 716 Procedure:

  1. Unplug the Ethernet cable connected to your personal router, and plug it into the Ethernet port on your laptop or desktop.
  2. Open your internet browser (Safari, Chrome, Explorer, etc.) and type in speedtest.net.
  3. Click Begin Test.
  4. Make note of your speeds.

On either test, if your results are drastically different than the plan to which you subscribed, call us at 844-493-4237 so we can troubleshoot.

If you don’t have access to a laptop or desktop, you can run a speed test from a wireless device. However, this test will likely result in lower speeds than what you’re subscribing to. Here are links for the Apple Speedtest and the Android Speedtest.

Happy speed-testing!