Measuring something, anything, typically gives you a result that applies to a specific case. Like a car, it will consume gasoline or electricity differently when you are driving in a city or a highway, or during or outside the rush hour.
The same applies to Internet connectivity. When you use an app to actively measure your connectivity speed, it will give you a result that applies to that specific location and point on time. The result might differ if you measure 5 minutes later or move by 50 meters.
Thus, in order to get a good understanding of your connectivity, whether it is your mobile provider or home WIFI and broadband, you would need to measure pretty much all the time.
Pressing a button to measure periodically or having some app that would measure automatically like every hour in the background would give more data. The unfortunate downsides are:
The Netradar technology, and app, were developed to solve these issues in common Internet measurements. The fundamental research stemmed from Aalto University to answer the below requests:
How to develop a measurement methodology that:
After three years of research and testing, the outcome is the Netradar technology that is at the heart of our Aalto University-based start-up.
The Netradar app is developed for consumers as a simple, yet extremely powerful, tool to constantly monitor the quality of the internet connectivity without draining your data plan, nor your battery power. The Netradar cellular & Wi-Fi performance app analyse your connectivity every time your apps need to transfer data. The app builds your own network usage profile and maintains a map of our personal network quality.
When you just want to know the current speed of your network connection or you want to have a mean to check if some of your app are not performing well or streaming services are slow. For those cases, the Netradar app also has a button you can push to test your network. Although you don’t need to press the button to get constant knowledge of the quality of your connectivity.