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Very different speed test results

by rundavid1 / November 16, 2006 9:59 AM PST

My internet speed has slowed considerably in the past few weeks. I have been to several speed test sites and have noticed very different results. Speakeasy reports I'm getting very good speeds (~5000 kbps) but it takes like 30 sec just to start the test. Bandwidthplace, on the other hand, reports that my download speed is only 115 kbps.

I have also noticed an interesting trend when downloading files. It takes an unusually long time to start the download, but once it gets going, the transfer speed is relatively good.

I live in an apartment complex where the internet is provided, so I really don't have any control of it beyond by computer, but I would still like to know what's going on. Does anyone know what might be causing this? And is there anything that I can do on my end to remedy the situation?

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My bet is your neighbors are P2P users.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 16, 2006 10:34 AM PST

If you share the connection, P2P and gamers will whack your connection speed all over the universe.


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I'm not so sure...
by rundavid1 / November 16, 2006 10:20 PM PST

The problem is that it has been consistently like that. It doesn't jump around. Its always good at speakeasy and slow at bandwidthplace. I think it has more to do with the type of test they use at those places. And I think it has to do with the connection problem I am having. I could be wrong though. Thanks for the comments.

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Same issue here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 16, 2006 10:34 PM PST
In reply to: I'm not so sure...

Good speed to Texas, terrible to Australia.

Tell me if you figure out how to fix that.


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Same issue here
by jaybme82 / December 5, 2006 8:59 PM PST
In reply to: Same issue here.

Maybe the time of day - busy and slack periods and which routes the signal takes.

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Different speeds
by byker49 / November 17, 2006 12:46 AM PST

I just tested my connection at the sites you mentioned:

Speakeasy DN 9.8 MBPS UP 1 MBPS

Bandwidth Place Dn 4.8 MBPS

Quite different speed and I don't share with my neighbors.

I have a 10 MBPS download speed per my isp (insightbb)

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bottom line
by rundavid1 / November 18, 2006 12:50 PM PST
In reply to: Different speeds

I guess the bottom line is why am I getting good speed test results, but web pages load like I have a 56k connection (or not at all).

By the way, practically everyone left the apartment complex for Thanksgiving break and it didn't help much at all.

I do acknowledge that the location of the testing server makes a big difference in the speed results.


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More clues would be needed.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 18, 2006 1:05 PM PST
In reply to: bottom line

Today we encounter a lot of pests, outdated drivers and broken hardware. To test the machine I take the laptop to a hot spot.

For pests I use the tools I've noted in many other posts.


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Not to brag about my speed or anything
by hawker505 / May 20, 2009 10:09 AM PDT

Not to brag or anything but I think I found a better test?. The above test gives basic speed information but no real info you quality or capability of your connection. My favorite Broadband Speed Test site is

Click on Broadband Diagnostics then TCP Quality Test and the rest is simple. They also have a true speed test, voip test and a couple of other things.

You get data back like this (testing my connection)

Speed test statistics
Download speed: 7437424 bps
Upload speed: 1646448 bps
Download quality of service: 97 %
Upload quality of service: 95 %
Download test type: socket
Upload test type: socket
Maximum TCP delay: 76 ms
Average download pause: 3 ms
Minimum round trip time to server: 60 ms
Average round trip time to server: 61 ms
Estimated download bandwidth: 35200000bps
Route concurrency: 4.7328215
Download TCP forced idle: 77 %
Maximum route speed: 8738000bps

Plus it even gives you graphical data such as this (based on the test above).

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