We have three main test clients: the Whitebox, the Smartphone App and the Web-browser Speed Test.
We most commonly test your internet performance by asking you to install a Whitebox which has all of our measurements tucked away inside. It acts as an Ethernet bridge and reports on a range of key metrics such as download speed, upload speed, latency, and packet loss. This hardware-based approach is what gives our measurements unrivalled accuracy because the Whitebox is unaffected by other factors within the home, like your PC.
The Meqyas internet performance tests run independently of your internet usage. So when you're not using the internet, or are using the internet below a minimum threshold, the Whitebox will zap these scheduled tests to our network of test servers and record how long and what journey your data takes for them to be zapped back. You can check out our Whitebox Briefing Note for more info on the subject.
Our iOS and Android Smartphone Apps measure mobile broadband performance and the measurements have been built to the same specification as those used in the Whiteboxes. These tests run in the background when you're not using your phone. You can also check your data in real-time, as well as your historical results, and easily share them via social media and email.
The web-based application also includes the same metrics as the Whitebox and Smartphone App, but they're designed to run in a web browser on your computer. Unlike other web-based speed tests, our web-based test uses pure HTML5 and therefore does not rely on Java or Flash. This allows it to operate in all modern desktop and mobile browsers, as well as many embedded browsers (e.g. in set-top boxes or TVs).