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Speedtest.net was my first destination. It's the flagship public brand of Ookla, which claims to be the “global leader in broadband testing”.
Like most testers it sends a lump of data of known size and measures the time it takes for you to receive and upload it. Speedtest.net doesn’t use its own servers but has a network of hosts around the world. I chose the closest and, using a wired connection to my router and a modern desktop PC,
I consistently got nearly 63Mb; which was good news, as it suggests I am getting what I’m paying for (and more). But you do need to select a nearby server - 63Mb downloads from near my home in Birmingham became 47Mb from Stockholm, 45Mb from Cork and 38Mb from Los Angeles. This fall-off is more a reflection of all the internet hoops the data has to jump through than the speed of your connection.
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We have Sky broadband at home & have done for 4/5 years. Given the fact there's always at least 2 laptops online and for 6 hours a day 3 laptops, on-line gaming thru x-box, plus an office computer, I have to say that we personally have never ever had a single problem. When I use you tube or watch a movie, they play thru, without any interruption as if I was sat watching Tv. I live in Blackpool so unless this is because we're near masts etc., I don't know. Just glad I don't have problems like some of the people on here, as i'm crap with technology & would end up just not using it rather than go thru the frustration & how nasty & aggressive I know i'd become, waiting for buffering, jpeg & so on.
Good luck sorting these issues out everyone.
The Beeb are aggressive en pursuant of licence fees. Some oik actually rang me up and threatened me with forced entrance..(I have it on tape....works both ways you know). The text doesn't work anymore and the repetition of programmes suggests rebate rather re-funding. Just advertise. My licence fee plus 3000 others paid off some idiot in our employ for just 3 months. Get real......
Rule of thumb before you dive in for super speeds.
First research the real speed of any network you want on net. Their quoted speed is only a generalisation and not specific to your distance to the nearest sub transmitter etc.
Secondly, do you need to subscribe to BT for your landline and a different company for broadband. Chances are they'll be blaming each other if service goes bad for you. If you can survive BT customer services atrocious mannerism, delays and disappointments, then stick with the devil you know. When in operation, it's very stable. If you have Virgin in your area, you're really spoilt for choice and can do real time comparison in speed, cost and services.
I have BT and I have suffered them for over 10yrs and counting. Bit like marriage of convenience as no real alternative - like Virgin, exists in my area. I noticed that sky is really good for some but on further research and testing, I noticed the speed for my area is seriously low (the small print you must always check)
Hope this helps
Originally I wrote;
Sorry, that should be near 15MB upload ..
Im paying Sky for a 40MB fibre line.. mainly bought for online gaming, most of the tests I have run say I am getting roughly 38MB download speed and 9.80 upload speed...
This being the case, streaming online films still occasionally lags and gaming online definitely isnt perfect.. No matter what speed you pay for peek times will effect any internet speed.
Plus if you have a bad line to the local exchange that will also effect speed, run a ping test online and check the line - the lower the latency the better line you will have.
If you are technically savy you can always tweak network performance with port forwarding/port triggering..
"It was immediately obvious that the tests were telling me more about my WiFi network" - why wasn't this done via ethernet cable?
This looks foolish by trying so many speed tests when two worked just fine and the WiFi is affected by too many things to give a base speed. Useless 'research'. I expected better.
Rather a stupid article, given that many of the high speed broadbands are deliberately over subscribed by the providers which means that in reality the average speed seen would be around less than half of the advertised speed. It also depends on how the tests are done, if the packets are within the standard size and the route taken is short you would see high speeds, if the packets have to be split and reassembled repeatedly speeds would drop. Which is why most of these tests are not really representative, should be done with either a standard size piece of text, or pictures.
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