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Posted: 6/18/2011 9:35:51 AM EDT
Is there a way to test the speed of my Internet service without using on of the online companies that dump software on your hard drive and then forever try to sell you on services and other crap?

I recently upgraded my Internet speed from 1.6 to 6, but I haven't noticed any difference.
Link Posted: 6/18/2011 9:36:51 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 6/18/2011 9:37:10 AM EDT
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Google "speed test"

First result. Pick the datacenter closest to you.
Link Posted: 6/18/2011 9:38:51 AM EDT
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Thanks guys
Link Posted: 6/18/2011 9:43:32 AM EDT
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I like Georgia Tech's Shaperprobe.

It runs in Windows 7 (unlike their other speed-measuring tool, Pathload2), and has these benefits:

-Tells you if your ISP throttles any protocols.
-It ignores gimmicks like Comcast's "PowerBoost," showing the maximum sustained speed you can expect, e.g. when downloading a large file.
-Totally free, no browser required even.  In fact I would close your browser while running it, just in case you have a page open that wants to auto-refresh itself during the test (which would skew the results).
Link Posted: 6/18/2011 9:51:52 AM EDT
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That's a whole lotta porn you could be watching.
Link Posted: 6/18/2011 10:10:55 AM EDT
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So what's a good speed? I have the results but dont know what's considered "fast"?
Link Posted: 6/18/2011 10:41:45 AM EDT
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I'm paying for a 3mbs service, and this seems to be typical results for that service.  What I can't understand is why I get this kind of result when I use a speed testing page, but in the real world its not even close.  As an example on YouTube I usually can't watch a video at 480 p, and sometimes I can't watch a video at 360 p without it stopping, very frustrating!  Downloading files is usually about 300 to 400, and sometimes much slower, more like the old dial up speeds.



http://www.speedtest.net/result/1347398957.png  


How do you guys share the results? I click on "Share" but it has all these different websites listed.... not sure what to click.

 
Link Posted: 6/18/2011 11:21:10 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 6/18/2011 11:32:14 AM EDT
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I pay for 16Mb and it's usually around 17Mb on the weekdays.
Link Posted: 6/18/2011 11:35:02 AM EDT
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Your FIOS is stronger than my FIOS That's BS...








 
Link Posted: 6/18/2011 11:37:29 AM EDT
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Better than the advertised 16mb/s I'm paying for, at least.



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Link Posted: 6/18/2011 11:52:28 AM EDT
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Tested a server from Mesquite, NV.
Link Posted: 6/18/2011 12:01:20 PM EDT
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download 0.65  upload 0.04
Link Posted: 6/18/2011 12:15:54 PM EDT
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Quoted:


I'm paying for a 3mbs service, and this seems to be typical results for that service.  What I can't understand is why I get this kind of result when I use a speed testing page, but in the real world its not even close.  As an example on YouTube I usually can't watch a video at 480 p, and sometimes I can't watch a video at 360 p without it stopping, very frustrating!  Downloading files is usually about 300 to 400, and sometimes much slower, more like the old dial up speeds.



http://www.speedtest.net/result/1347398957.png  


When you use speedtest.com, it tests from the closest server to you. However, the youtube server could be further away, which would make download speeds slower.

 
Link Posted: 6/18/2011 12:15:58 PM EDT
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Jesus my ISP blows ass
Link Posted: 6/18/2011 12:29:49 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 6/18/2011 12:38:51 PM EDT
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Quoted:
I'm paying for a 3mbs service, and this seems to be typical results for that service.  What I can't understand is why I get this kind of result when I use a speed testing page, but in the real world its not even close.  As an example on YouTube I usually can't watch a video at 480 p, and sometimes I can't watch a video at 360 p without it stopping, very frustrating!  Downloading files is usually about 300 to 400, and sometimes much slower, more like the old dial up speeds.

http://www.speedtest.net/result/1347398957.png  


Downloads usually display MBps where the speed tests show Mbps.  300-400MBps is about right for a 3Mbps connection
Link Posted: 6/18/2011 12:39:34 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 6/18/2011 12:42:09 PM EDT
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Sprint 4G through CradlePoint Router U600 modem

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Link Posted: 6/18/2011 1:01:16 PM EDT
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I think a lot of people in my subdivision have Roadrunner.  It is a nice Saturday afternoon right now and not many people are on it.  On a snowy winter weekend or school snow day, it will really slow down.



ETA:  Why is my upload so slow when the download is pretty good?

Link Posted: 6/18/2011 1:08:42 PM EDT
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Not really fair though, that's my work connection (500Mb/s) :)
Link Posted: 6/18/2011 1:13:15 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 6/18/2011 4:12:53 PM EDT
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they have it here but its 50 bucks more a month
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Link Posted: 6/18/2011 7:09:24 PM EDT
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Last Result:
Download Speed: 51176 kbps (6397 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 7788 kbps (973.5 KB/sec transfer rate)
Link Posted: 6/21/2011 9:10:00 PM EDT
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I have little confidence in speedtest.net.  Here are test results I obtained minutes ago:

(Allowing Speedtest.net to pick the server.)


Manually selecting Los Angeles.

Would someone like to explain which result is "correct," and why?

According to Comcast, I am supposed to get "up to 20 MBit down / 2 Mbit up" speeds.  That is exactly what Shaperprobe shows.  

Meanwhile, speedtest.net is all over the chart, depending on which server I use for the test, and also on the time of day.  Here's a result I obtained last week:



Here's a repeat test to the same city, just a few minutes ago:



The first NJ result is just ridiculous.  It suggests speedtest.net is counting Comcast's "ReadyBoost" as part of my sustained connection speed.  I don't know how else to explain a reading of nearly 60 Mbit/s.

The second result is misleading in the other direction.

You may want to rethink relying on speedtest.net as some sort of supposed standard.
Link Posted: 6/21/2011 9:14:43 PM EDT
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meh
Link Posted: 6/21/2011 11:29:54 PM EDT
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Ipad
ping 68ms
download 17.68
upload 0.46

mac book pro
ping 22ms
download 16.62
upload 0.49

are they fast or slow
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