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Old Mar 29, 2004, 11:09 AM   #1
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How do you check your connection speed?

My wireless broadband connection has become snail-like. How do I check how fast it's actually connecting?
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Old Mar 29, 2004, 12:35 PM   #2
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My wireless broadband connection has become snail-like. How do I check how fast it's actually connecting?
There is a check service here; do keep in mind that speed issues with your broadband connection may not be on your end. Sometimes, the server(s) you download from have slow connections or limited bandwidth themselves, and thus your speed isn't the determining factor.
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Old Mar 29, 2004, 03:22 PM   #3
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Old Mar 29, 2004, 03:42 PM   #4
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Connection speed check

I highly recommend PCPitstop (www.pcpitstop.com). It features a ton of useful tests and information. (It's also the one that many ISP's tech people use themselves.) For a simple test of actual throughput, click on "Internet Connection" (7th down at the left). If you're measuring download speed, try to accurately select your expected baud rate, otherwise the wrong size packet will be sent and you'll get an inaccurate number.
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Old Apr 8, 2004, 02:54 PM   #5
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The first site, posted by wrldwzrd, seems to be US-only; the second, posted by Kabeyun, gives a 404, and PC Pitstop seems to be, well, for PCs rather than Macs, as far as I can see.

Any other thoughts? Thanks for the help you've given me.
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Old Apr 8, 2004, 03:07 PM   #6
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I would try rebooting your broadband router, I have to kick start mine every so often to get better performance.
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Old Apr 8, 2004, 04:11 PM   #7
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Thanks, James, rebooting does help - but I'm curious about how fast my connection is anyway!
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Old Apr 8, 2004, 09:33 PM   #8
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My wireless broadband connection has become snail-like. How do I check how fast it's actually connecting?
It's broadband.... doesn't that mean it's always on? Hence no "connection" speed? Connection speed dates back to when we all had modems and our ISPs lied to use and told us all we were getting 57600 kbps even though that was impossible. Connection speed was never reliable. The speed of the inital connection does not mean it cannot degrade or improve after connection is established.

Reason for that tangent of thought is cause the same holds true for broadband... in essence: your mileage may vary. Your speed can fluctuate a lot over the course of a day.

Does it get slower at "peek" times? If so, then there are too many subscribers and not enough bandwidth. Nothing you can do. If rebooting your router helps, but it continues to be a problem then your ISP may have a way of detecting NAT (if you use NAT) and slowing you down because you are breaking their TOS (though it seems more likely that they would just cut you off). Also check with your ISP to make sure you don't have bandwidth limitations... if you spend a lot of time downloading big files at peak times they might be slowing you down on purpose.
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Old Apr 8, 2004, 09:47 PM   #9
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and PC Pitstop seems to be, well, for PCs rather than Macs, as far as I can see.
Slow down turbo. PC Pitstop is not just for PCs. You need to read

Try clicking the Run Bandwith Test on this page - http://www.pcpitstop.com/internet/Bandwidth.asp
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my wireless connection becomes "snail-like" in three cases:
1) someone is using the computer downstairs to do something intensive,
2) slow server, and occasionally
3) interference from the cordless phone.

i keep asking my mom to move while she talks on the phone, but she doesn't care... just more reason for me to "get up and exercise..."

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Old Apr 8, 2004, 10:59 PM   #11
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3) interference from the cordless phone.
If it's a 2.4 GHz cordless phone try replacing it with a cheaper/older 900 MHz cordless. Supposedly less interference. Dunno where I previously read this little tidbit of advice, but I hope it helps.
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its true, cordless phones will interfere with wireless connections.

interesting tidbit-when i worked for best buy, we had scan guns that connected wirelessly to our computers for printing stickers, etc. the cordless phones were 2.4ghz and interfered HORRIBLY wiht the scan guns...yet despite being overstocked in 900mhz phones we could never get them replaced...grr...

and to stay on topicish...both the cnet and pcpitstop sites listed my connection as the upper limits of cable...i think it was 2777 kbps...whoo hoo.
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