Test CenturyLink Internet Speed

Use our tool to test your speed & learn more about your CenturyLink Internet service!

The internet speed you experience depends on multiple factors―the number of devices connected simultaneously, the capabilities of your device(s), time of day when you connect to the internet, the performance of your equipment e.g. modem/router etc. For this reason it is recommended you run a speed test more than once, over a day or two―and assess the results to get a fairly accurate average.

Once you know what is the actual speed you’re getting, you’ll be able to determine how to make it faster. If the results reveal it is your internet needs that have scaled up, call us at 855-349-9310―and discover how you can move to a higher CenturyLink Internet speed tier.

CenturyLink Internet Plans & Prices

Check the Faster Options

CenturyLink primarily delivers its broadband service via a DSL based network, but use of innovative technologies and introduction of Fiber to the Loop, enhances the overall performance of the connection―making it superior to traditional DSL. And, CenturyLink Fiber, which is rapidly increasing its network reach, offers one of the best gigabit service plans in the nationwide market.

Whichever of the 2 broadband types you maybe connected through, and whichever CenturyLink Internet plan you upgrade to, you get unlimited data and stay free from annual contracts. Take a look at the range of available speed tiers. Speed offerings from CenturyLink however vary with location, so we recommend you call at 855-349-9310 to determine the best speed available in your area.

Internet-Only Plans Max. Download Speeds Price
  • CenturyLink Simply Unlimited Internet
  • Get the fastest internet speed available at your location (max speed is up to 100 Mbps).
  • 15 Mbps
  • 20 Mbps
  • 40ꟷ80 Mbps
  • 100 Mbps
  • $50/mo.
  • Paperless billing required. Taxes and fees apply.
  • CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit
  • Speed may not be available in your area. Maximum download/upload speed of up to 940 Mbps via a wired connection.
940 Mbps
  • $70/mo.
  • Paperless billing required. Taxes and fees apply.

Cities with the Fastest CenturyLink Speeds

CenturyLink Fiber is a future-proof and fool-proof choice really!

According to the company, its fiber internet is currently available in about 50% service locations, and is due to be introduced in many more markets across CenturyLink’s 16-state service footprint. The cities which depict the fastest speeds are the ones covered by the CenturyLink Fiber network.

Here is a listing of cities where you can expect to experience the fastest CenturyLink Internet speeds over a 99.9% reliable Fiber network!

Boulder, CO Ocala/The Villages, FL Denver, CO
Omaha, NE Columbia, MO Portland, OR
Cape Coral, FL Platteville, WI Fort Myers, FL
Pocatello, ID Idaho Falls, ID Phoenix, AZ
Jefferson City, MO Seattle-Tacoma, WA La Crosse, WI
St. Paul, MN Las Vegas, NV Springfield, MO
Minneapolis, MN Tucson, AZ Orlando, FL
Salt Lake City, UT

Check for Faster CenturyLink Speeds in Your ZIP Code

CenturyLink Internet service types, and available speeds vary with your location ꟷ depending on network infrastructure and capacity. What does not however change is the quality of the CenturyLink service and the value of your subscription.

Make it easier to look for a faster CenturyLink Internet plan that fits your increased usage!

Call 855-349-9310

El Número de Teléfono Español 844-527-5629

Or enter your ZIP Code to find faster CenturyLink speeds in your neighborhood!

Check if you are getting the speed you are paying for!

“Test my internet speed for CenturyLink”

How Fast an Internet Connection Do You Really Need?

Internet usage varies from one household to another, depending on the number of users, connected devices, and the type of usage. The FCC benchmark for high-speed internet i.e. 25 Mbps for downloads and 3 Mbps for uploads is a fairly decent estimate, and supports a couple of users without a snag ꟷ you can rely on it for activities like music & video streaming as well as causal online gaming.

Although most everyday activities over the internet do not need a lot of speed, the connection can slow down when multiple users and a devices are engaged in a variety of activities at the same time. And, this is where knowing the minimum speed recommendation for an activity can help you understand how fast your home internet connection must be.

Internet Speed No. of Supported Users
25 Mbps 1-2
100 Mbps 3-4
200 Mbps 4-5
500 Mbps 5+
1,000 Mbps 5+
Everyday Online Activities Minimum Download Speed Requirement
  • Checking email
  • Browsing the web
1-5 Mbps
  • Streaming HD content
5-25 Mbps
  • Streaming 4K content
  • Competitive online gaming
40-100 Mbps
  • Streaming 4K content
  • Competitive online gaming
  • Downloading very large files
200 Mbps
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What Can You Do with CenturyLink Internet Speeds?

CenturyLink

Simply Unlimited Internet

20 Mbps

Is your internet consumption modest? Do you mostly connect to in-home WiFi to save on mobile data?

Browse faster & get to your email quicker ― for a couple of shy users of the internet this is a decent speed.

CenturyLink

Simply Unlimited Internet

40-100 Mbps

Are you a small family that is not too big on the internet?

Shop online, pay your bills, access news and entertainment, or get online for work and school ― CenturyLink keeps you connected over a 99.9% reliable network.

CenturyLink

Fiber Gigabit

For big families in ultra-connected smart homes, this is a godsend!

Stream video in 4K, boost your online gaming, enjoy fast backups to the Cloud, connect your smart home appliances and security devices ― this is the ideal match for all speed-hungry households!

How to Get an Accurate Result from Your CenturyLink Internet Speed Test?

Several factors could affect the performance of your CenturyLink Internet due to which the speed may show up as slow when you test it out. It could be the time of the day, background processes eating up on the bandwidth, an excessive number of connected devices, or another variable.

That is why it is necessary to not draw any conclusions after running an internet speed test on your CenturyLink connection only once. Run it multiple times at various times of the day and take care of the following aspects:

Restart Your Modem/Router & Connected Devices

The most standard trick to set technical glitches right!

Reboot your internet equipment and also the device you’ll be running the CenturyLink Internet speed test on. Let the hardware take a brief pause, get rid of any temporary bugs, and start afresh!

Remember WiFi is Slower Than a Wired Connection!

WiFi speeds cannot be as fast as wired. And if you’ve ever noticed, speed claims are usually accompanied by a disclaimer that says advertised speed estimates are based on a wired connection.

So when you run a speed test to compare with what you expect to receive, run it on a wired connection. Use the latest gen Ethernet cable (Cat5e, 6, 7 or 8) to connect your device to the modem directly.

Pause Your Internet Activities

Close down webpages and applications on your computer or another device(s) before you start the test ― including any music & video streaming platforms, software patch downloads, or file uploads.

Limit the Number of Connected Devices

Disconnect any devices not actively engaged in online tasks ― its preferable to not have devices idling on your home network as you run your CenturyLink speed test ― smartphones, TVs, tablets, and wireless cameras ― all fall in the category.

Pick the Closest Server

A good speed test should make the right pick automatically. But technology is vulnerable to imperfection. And often for rural locations, the wrong server gets picked. Beware of this and use the opportunity to pick the one closest to you.

Clear Your Browser Cache

Its best to clear your browser cache before you run a speed test ― especially if you’re doing it more than once. This way you’ll eliminate any chunky files left behind by the preceding test.

FAQs About CenturyLink

CenturyLink Internet speeds depend on the service type as well as network infrastructure and capacity in any given location. CenturyLink strives to offer the fastest speed available at your address. Simply Unlimited Internet plans offer up to 100 Mbps for downloads over a DSL-based network. And CenturyLink Fiber delivers up to 940 Mbps for downloads and uploads. To check CenturyLink speed availability in your area call at 855-349-9310.

You can take the CenturyLink Internet speed test and get a fairly accurate result that helps you understand whether you need to upgrade to a higher speed tier to fulfill increased internet needs or there is an issue with your connection.

If you want to check availability of CenturyLink Internet offers at your address, call 855-349-9310 anytime.