Monday, September 13, 2010

Test Internet Connection

Alot of people will most definitely know this, however I have had a few of incidents where people do not know how to test their internet speed.

1)Stop all downloads/things that may impede connection
2)Go to http://www.speedtest.net/
3)Click on appropriate server and wait for results
- What this does is download an 'empty' file on an open server with nothing to block your speed. Effectively, this is the fastest speed you will receive when downloading a file.

- UPLOAD is the speed for Uploading files
- DOWNLOAD is the speed for Downloading files

The speed in the picture is ridiculously fast (for New Zealand at least) but anywhere above 3Mb/s is generally considered Okay
*Note: When downloading files, you are being shown a transfer rate, rather than a download rate. Because 1 byte = 8 bit then you need to divide your speeds from SpeedTest by 8 in order to get the transfer rate.

As a rule a speed of 5Mb/s from speed test, should in theory give you a transfer rate of 625 kb/s when downloading a file. This will depend on time of day, where the server is located, traffic etc etc... at least as far as my understanding extends this is right? Anyone care to help?

30 comments:

  1. great info i will check it right now

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  2. http://www.speedtest.net/result/951348499.png

    :P

    Good to know :)))

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  3. Oh, wow, is your speed really that fast? You must be able to click and refreshing things like crazy!

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  4. No that is not my speed, just got it from google

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  5. i use that test once a month make sure my isp isnt lacking

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  6. Leeets try it ... I'm curious :D

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  7. i'm so embarrassed ..
    download: 5.07 mb/s
    upload: 0.53 mb/s

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  8. SpeedTest is a sweet tool man. I knew about it, but you've put some nice info in there as well!

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  9. i love the info man
    keep em coming thx
    <3

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  10. I hate that test, always reminds me of wanting a better connection >.<

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  11. Yeah, knew this already but it's always good to have a refresher.

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  12. my speed at home is quite pitiful D: <1 Mbps for both categories in addition to frequent disconnections and other hiccups

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  13. it looks like you have a good thing going here... keep up the great work on your blog!

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  14. Thanx i need to check mine out, been meaning to do this for some time. :D

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  15. Lol, my internet is like from ancient times

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  16. nice site, used it loads over the years :D

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  17. sweet, I'm gonna test my speed now

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  18. hmm... I don't know what to think about this

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  19. Thanks, been trying to find a way to test this.

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