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by drbooth / May 16, 2006 12:01 PM PDT

I received your newsletter today and notice there was a program to test the actual bandwidth of my dial-up service. I ran the test and found that my speed with was about 37kbps. While viewing the results, I noticed that intergate was 53kbps. So for some reason or another, I listed my dialup service as intergate and re-ran the test. The results showed that intergate was 35kbps and was 53kbps. I was running no downloads, no background programs and merely on my email service (where I got the newsletter). Not trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill but do think these test results are misleading. What do you think?

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try here look under tools
by Mark5019 / May 16, 2006 1:54 PM PDT
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Look under tools......
by drbooth / May 18, 2006 12:41 PM PDT

When I originally read your reply, I had difficulty understanding what it had to do with the statement I had made concerning the bandwidth testing. But I did check out the site you referred to and still do not understand what a dsl forum site has to do with my situation. But, nonetheless, I appreciate your response. If I missed something while looking at the dsl forum site (which is entirely possible), please provide me with more details.
Again, thanks and have a good day.

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theres speed tests there
by Mark5019 / May 18, 2006 11:04 PM PDT
In reply to: Look under tools......

plus help to see if theres a prob

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there's speed tests there......
by drbooth / May 19, 2006 1:58 AM PDT

Tks Mark,
Guess I was somewhat overwhelmed with the amount of information on that site and didn't take the time to really check it out. Have a good day.

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Not Much Difference Between 37 and 35kbps
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 18, 2006 9:39 AM PDT

Besides, a little more or less net congestion will change it slightly. Run some tests at other sites and see if they compare.

Remembe though, each test site may say something different. Don't really take them as gospel but you can use them as a general comparison.

Hope this helps.


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Not much difference.....37/35kbps
by drbooth / May 18, 2006 12:36 PM PDT

I understand that and realize that a variety of things can affect my actual internet speed. But the point that I was trying to make was that I use ran the test stating that fact.....then out of curiousity, I ran the test again stating that I was using intergate. The real question I was posing in my statement, was.....
As I was able to send two different isp sites as the basis for the test, does that mean that the test either does not know the actual link or it does not matter to them. If they don't know and they merely give you numbers for the speed (which is most likely accurate) then that is fine. But, if the test results can be used as a basis for evaluating a particular isp site, then these numbers would be inaccurate because anyone can switch the name of the internet service they are using. Having run my mouth (or typing too much), I do really apprecate your response and this item is not intended to criticize your reply in any manner. Have a good day. drb

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My Point...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 18, 2006 2:28 PM PDT

The ISP link is somewhat irrelevant as the tests sends packets to the computer itself, regardless of which ISP you put. You can run the same test with the SAME ISP and it may change by 2 Kbps. The results are not statistically different enough to make any judgement as to the connection speed.

Hope this helps.


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My point....................
by drbooth / May 19, 2006 2:00 AM PDT
In reply to: My Point...

Tks Grif..
I reckon that as long as you get test results, it does not really matter what you use for the service. Makes sense to me...
Have a good day.

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