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How to Check Internet Speed in DOS Mode

With so much information speeding through the Internet, having a sluggish connection on your business computer can be absolutely disastrous. If for some reason you can’t access a speed analysis service any other way, you can always use the DOS-style Command Prompt to check your connection and make sure that you’re getting the fastest Internet speeds advertised by your Internet Service Provider, or ISP.

  1. Close all currently active programs, especially those which connect to the Internet or otherwise transmit data online.

2. Press the “Start” button and the “R” key at the same time to open the Run window.

3. Type “cmd” (without quotations) in the Run window’s dialog box and press the “Enter” key to open the Command Prompt.

4. Type the word “ping” followed by any Web address, like “” (omit the quotations). Allow the program a few moments to test the speed and display estimates on the minimum, maximum and average time it takes to send the signal and get a response, measured in milliseconds.


  • This method is somewhat superior in measuring connection speed compared to online resources. This is because simply using a Web browser to visit a speed test page requires your computer to access the various graphics, text and other data on the website just to display the page. This results in a minor speed dip, which can hamper otherwise useful results compared to the pure send-and-receive response test of the Command Prompt’s ping feature.


  • Results from this test may be hampered by a slow connection on the receiving side of your ping. For best results, try several websites that should have reasonably reliable response times.