Ads and accuracy


Ads do not affect an internet speed test.



  1. Introduction
  2. Method of measurement
  3. Speed tests to test
  4. The measurements
  5. Conclusions


It is sometimes suspected that advertisements may interfere with the measurement of your internet speed. In this test we investigate whether this is the case for Ookla's Speedtest.


Method of measurement

For this test, we use a normal browser (Chrome) and a secure browser (Brave) and run Ookla's Speedtest 5 times.

Both browsers use almost the same version.

The About Chrome screen for version 122.0.6261.94 (Official Build) (64-bit) The Chrome version is: 122.0.6261.94 (Official Build) (64-bit)

The About Brave screen for version 1.63.169 Chromium: 122.0.6261.111 (Official Build) (64-bit) The Brave version is: 1.63.169 Chromium: 122.0.6261.111 (Official Build) (64-bit)

Because we had already found in the past that the browser used has no influence on your internet speed, we now assume that the browser used indeed has no influence.


Speed tests to test

For this test we only test Ookla's Speedtest.


The measurements

With an advertised download speed of 100 Mbps, we measure the following:

  1. Brave: 100.06, 100.88, 100.94, 100.95 and 100.92 Mbps
  2. Chrome: 100.97, 101.15, 101.08, 101.03 and 100.94 Mbps


Based on the above measurements, we conclude that:

  1. Without ads (Brave):
    1. The average download speed is: 100.75 Mbps
    2. The median is: 100.92 Mbps
    3. The standard deviation is: 0.4 Mbps
  2. With ads (Chrome):
    1. The average download speed is: 101,03 Mbps
    2. The median is: 101,03 Mbps
    3. The standard deviation is: 0,1 Mbps

Whether or not advertisements are displayed while performing a speed test does not significantly affect the measurement.