How can I monitor my connection speed?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mr LuLu, Jun 20, 2005.

  1. Mr LuLu macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2005
    In a couple of days my connection's going to jump from 1mb to 8mb.
    I'd like to get an idea of just how fast it is now before the new connection. Can anybody tell me how I can do this? :)
  2. irmongoose macrumors 68030


    Dec 3, 2001
    Sometimes Tokyo, sometimes California
    There are a number of internet speed tests available online. If you search Google for "speed test" you can get a number of results. This is one, for example.

  3. pulsewidth947 macrumors 65816


    Jan 25, 2005
    I personally like this one, it allows you to submit your results so that other UK consumers know which services are the best value.

    Man 8mbit! Ntl upgraded me from 750k to 2mbit and the difference is unreal. I really dont think I need any faster than that (unless of course they increase upload speed so upload:download ratio isnt as bad as it is now!)
  4. Mr LuLu thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2005
    Thanks! :D

    Turns out that my existing connection is running at 924kbps and the upload is 218kbps.
  5. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    #5 is a good one.

    EDIT: I got this:

    :::.. Download Stats ..:::
    Connection is:: 4280 Kbps about 4.3 Mbps (tested with 2992 kB)
    Download Speed is:: 522 kB/s
    Tested From:: (server1)
    Test Time:: Mon Jun 20 2005 10:53:52 GMT-0400
    Bottom Line:: 76X faster than 56K 1MB download in 1.96 sec
    Diagnosis: Looks Great : 10.71 % faster than the average for host (
    Validation Link::
  6. The_Man macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2005
    I ran the download speed test and it said that i was only running 80.9% of the normal comcast download speed and that I may need help. Does anyone have any idea as to what I should do to get it up to 100%
  7. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
  8. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    On you recommendation I decided to join. So after validation of my membership, I will see how my test turns out.
  9. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    Glad to hear I suggested a good wite wdlove. I'm actually not a member yet, you can still do the tests but the results with the "proof" link only last 45 days. Not bad!
  10. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    Sorry for double post, just seems better to separate posts.


    Are you on wireless? If I switch to wireless I get about 90% of RR's average as well, so 80.9% is good. Try it again tonight or tomorrow as Comcast might just be a little slower or have more people on right now. could also be a little slow. It's nothing to be worried about, as 90% is good anyway. Do you have a router? If so what type. My test was through a Linksys WRT54G. If I remove that, I get about 130% of my's average :eek:. I actually just switched to the 6mbs RR from the premium 8mbps which is like double the monthly $, and they both test out to ALMOST the same speed, which kind of annoys me...haha

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