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Old 12-27-05, 05:56 PM
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best internet speed check/test?

can someone recommend the best internet connection speed test?

i've tried several (found through yahoo/google) but they don't give me the same result.

is there a universally accepted one?

which one is best?
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Old 12-27-05, 06:02 PM
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I believe most thing the ones where you just download a large file and look at your download speed are the most accurate. But I don't know much about them.

Of the simple ones, here's the one I use and have found to give consistent results. May not be accurate, but at least consistent and allows me to compare various hookups (i.e. DSL vs. Cable when I moved in, wired vs. wireless) with some confidence at least in which is faster as I tend to get pretty close results when I rerun the same hookups.

www.speakeasy.net/speedtest
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Old 12-27-05, 06:17 PM
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thanks josh...

using that test:

Last Result:
Download Speed: 5146 kbps (643.3 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 360 kbps (45 KB/sec transfer rate)

is that poor, mediocre, good, or great? (cable modem thru comcast)
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Old 12-27-05, 06:43 PM
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widely accepted speed test and tools here
http://www.dslreports.com/tools
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Old 12-27-05, 06:47 PM
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If you're on the 6.0MBPS plan (6,000 kbps) then those are good numbers. Especially if you're using a wireless router.

I get in the 4,000 on that test on wireless and a little more than 6,000 if plugged in directly to the modem.
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Old 12-27-05, 08:28 PM
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2005-12-27 21:31:33 EST: 5784 / 359
Your download speed : 5784 kbps or 723 KB/sec.
Your upload speed : 359 kbps or 44.9 KB/sec.
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Comcast, through an old SMC Barricade router.

2005-12-27 22:02:53 EST: 5003 / 344
Your download speed : 5003 kbps or 625.4 KB/sec.
Your upload speed : 344 kbps or 43 KB/sec.

DSLReports is the site I always use too.

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Old 12-27-05, 09:14 PM
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Roadrunner... through a router:

Last Result:
Download Speed: 2436 kbps (304.5 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 350 kbps (43.8 KB/sec transfer rate)
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Old 12-28-05, 12:39 AM
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Download Speed: 5535 kbps (691.9 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 587 kbps (73.4 KB/sec transfer rate)

Cable modem through a router. I don't know what my provider did, but my connection has definitely gotten faster over the past couple of years.
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Old 12-28-05, 01:12 AM
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I just tested through Broadband Reports web site...

...and got 1241 kilobits per second (155.2 kilobytes per second) download speed and 313 kilobits per second (39.2 kilobytes per second) upload speeds. Not bad considering I only paid for 1.5 mbps max guaranteed ADSL from EarthLink.
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Old 12-28-05, 01:57 AM
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65.43 mbps on a 10mb data test!
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Old 12-28-05, 06:38 AM
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This is as good a place as any to ask the question.

I ran a speed test while my modem was hooked up to my new wireless router and could only average a 500-600k download speed. When I removed the router, it nearly quadrupled. Although I have a so-called "DSL/Cable broadband" router (the Belkin F5D7230-4), is it just the specific router I have or do I need to do something to improve the speed? Or is this the case regardless of the wireless router?

I don't have a phoneline anymore and really need a wireless router for my TiVo.
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Old 12-28-05, 07:13 AM
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Here is a good speed test: http://www.wugnet.com/myspeed/speedtest.asp
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Old 12-28-05, 07:22 AM
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"dslreports" doesn't seem to want to work with a Mac and Safari, so I use: http://bandwidthplace.com/speedtest/
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Old 12-28-05, 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Chew
I ran a speed test while my modem was hooked up to my new wireless router and could only average a 500-600k download speed. When I removed the router, it nearly quadrupled. Although I have a so-called "DSL/Cable broadband" router (the Belkin F5D7230-4), is it just the specific router I have or do I need to do something to improve the speed? Or is this the case regardless of the wireless router?
You might want to check with your ISP. My brother was wondering why after Comcast did some upgrades to their hardware that his cable modem connection suddenly dropped from 4 megabits per second direct connection download speed to 384 kilobits per second download speed through a router; apparently Comcast did some weird software change and after the entire neighborhood complained loudly about this Comcast admitted its error and re-wrote the software on its own side and now download speeds through the router are back up to 4 megabits per second again.
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Interesting. Thanks.
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Old 12-28-05, 08:49 AM
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everyone should give your speed test result and reveal which cable or dsl provider you have
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4165kbps down, 352kbps up. Comcast HSI in Wheaton MD, running through a Belkin B wireless router.
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Old 12-28-05, 10:12 AM
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Comcast in Ecorse, MI. running through a D-Link VoIP router and also a Linksys WRT54GS wireless router(directly wired)
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Old 12-28-05, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by raven56706
everyone should give your speed test result and reveal which cable or dsl provider you have
My results (a few posts up): provider is Cogeco Cable (Canada), directly wired through Microsoft wireless router
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Old 12-28-05, 12:34 PM
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Originally Posted by twikoff
widely accepted speed test and tools here
http://www.dslreports.com/tools
Agreement.
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Download Speed: 6308 kbps (788.5 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 357 kbps (44.6 KB/sec transfer rate)

Comcast through a Linksys WRT54G router (Ethernet connection). Pretty good, but it should be for $44.95 a month.
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Old 12-28-05, 04:25 PM
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2005-12-28 17:28:41 EST: 4890 / 354
Your download speed : 4890 kbps or 611.3 KB/sec.
Your upload speed : 354 kbps or 44.3 KB/sec.

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