Speed testing broardband

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  1. jbrown macrumors 6502a

    jbrown

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    Can anyone recommend a GOOD site to test your connection speed - I'm supposed to be on a 4 mb line but don't believe it. I'm in UK if it makes a difference.

    cheers

    PS - from a good broardband provider - what should I expect ( upload / download ) for a 4mb connection??
     
  2. UKnjb macrumors 6502a

    UKnjb

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    There was a thread here recently (UK Connection Speed Battle) that will not only give you the available speed testers, but will give you a comaprison of other UK users.

    Good luck! :)
     
  3. Applespider macrumors G4

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    At 4MB, you're probably OK to test at adslnation.org.uk but bear in mind, that all tests depend on what else is going on online. That site tells me that I'm on a 10MB connection - but I download from Apple's servers at 1.6 to 1.7MB/s

    I'd suggest going to Apple's support site and choosing a few large files to download and add the speeds together. You'll get much closer to your true speed than a single speed test of a relatively small file.
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    Yeah, as Applespider's saying, very fast connections don't work with these online testers because the bottleneck becomes the computer's aptitude with Java rather than outright network throughput. That's why downloading a file from a close, fast server is a better way of determining your maximum speed. :)
     
  5. FragTek macrumors 6502

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    I use the VisualWare tester for all of my broadband testing needs. It seems to work pretty good. It shows pretty close to what the SpeakEasy tester does, a tad low on the download side though. It all depends on how busy the servers are at the time though.

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  6. dogbone macrumors 68020

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    I find this to be quick and accurate and does both download and upload.
     

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