This is great to use on older devices, or just as a less resource intensive alternative to in-browser testing, while maintaining the regular Ookla testing methods. This involves a very small download and easy setup on Windows, while the other operating systems require a few extra steps (instructions are provided for these other systems on the Ookla page, however).
Preparing for a test (Windows):
- Proceed to download from https://www.speedtest.net/apps/cli.
- Extract files to a new folder.
- Open the new folder and type “cmd” in the address bar.
Once you have the program open in the Command Line you want to type in "speedtest -s 5469" and hit enter. This will run a test to the MyRepublic Speedtest server and give you a nice little readout of the results, along with a shareable results URL:
Alternate servers you may want to try to also, if you'd like to test to more than one location (or if the first test is showing low):
- speedtest -s 5469 (MyRepublic server)
- speedtest -s 18474 (Stuff Fibre server)
- speedtest -s 12932 (Feenix server)
- speedtest -s 28463 (Chorus Labs server)
- speedtest -s 2025 (PrimoWireless server)
Advanced extra - Creating an a single-click test program:
Optionally you can create an empty text file on your desktop and rename it to SpeedTest.bat and then edit the program in Notepad and enter the below text (For the second line cd "%location%" please change %location% to whichever address the speedtest files have been extracted to, such as "C:\Users\Administrator\Downloads\ookla-speedtest-1.0.0-win64").
speedtest -s 5469
echo Test complete, please see result above. Press enter to exit.
pause > nul
Once saved it will quickly and easily run a speedtest anytime you double-click the file.