When some of you don't have anything else to do and wish to compare amongst ourselves the broadband speeds at which we connect from our homes (or office for that matter), CNET (one of the very first interesting sites to appear on the Web, circa 1994-5) has a "Bandwidth meter". You don't have to register or give out any personal information. My speed right now was 2411 kbps, i.e., 2.4 Mbps. The URL is http://webservices.cnet.com/Bandwidth/?tag=tm In order to get at least results that can be compared, we should use the same "meter"; that is, the URL above. If you use other sites to measure, please share...
Tony Alicea Senior Java Web Application Developer, SCPJ2, SCWCD
Connection Type Connection Speed Faster Providers =====================================================
28.8 Kbps Dial-up 28.8k
33.6 Kbps Dial-up 33.6k 53.3 Kbps Dial-up 56k
128 Kbps ISDN 128k
289 Kbps - You 289 kbps
384 Kbps DSL/Cable 384k Covad 768 Kbps DSL/Cable 768k EarthLink 1500 Kbps Cable/DSL 1.5Mbps EarthLink Middling ! My ISP does offer 1.2Mbps and I input an area code of 1 which may make nonsense of the figures. Next year , er this year, I may be calling occupants of interplanetary craft.
ADSLGuide.org.uk has a broadband measurement tool for us poor foreigners bereft of area codes Also try DSLReports which has comprehensive reviews on most providers in the USA. I could measure my actual speed but I cant right now as I have a bandwidth intensive program running in the background I currently use Nildram as my ADSL provider. $60 per month for a 1mbit connection. When I was staying in Chicago last year, the folks I was living with used RCN Cable, a 1.5Mbit line. I thought the service was terrible, I dont know if it was the cable in the building or something, but it definitely wasnt the 1.5Mbit as advertised, and the cable modem had to be unplugged and plugged back in at least once a day for it to find the signal again. Cheers, Mark [ January 03, 2004: Message edited by: Mark Fletcher ]
HS: I just now entered an area code of "1" and my results were similar to when I entered the correct area code. I think they use that for statistical purposes only. I don't think it should affect the results of the test.
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Thanks Tony. I'm picking up lots of useful information from your other thread on Wireless Networking. And thanks Mark. [ January 03, 2004: Message edited by: HS Thomas ]
I need to add that on mine, I have 4 PC's on the LAN sharing the DSL connection. When I ran the test I know that at least 3 of us were accessing the Internet so my paltry 1086 Kbps would probably be better if just one PC were in use.
I've also been to speedguide.net which has some helpful registry tweaks to speed up connections.
and BrowserTune2000 also gave me some helpful information. Although some of the information was outdated, the diagnostic tests seemed helpful. And you can use both of these sites anonymously if you want. [ January 05, 2004: Message edited by: Marilyn de Queiroz ]
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I just got signed up with Cox Communications high-speed internet in Tucson, Arizona. Ran the test and got 2549 kbps. Then I realized I was listening to a 56 k mp3 adio connection while the test was running not sure if that affects the results, so I turned that off and re-ran the test - came out with 2829 kbps. Woo hoo! Hey everyone - my connection can beat up your connection. OK, re-running the test a few more times, it's ranged from 2396-2829 kbps, without listeneing to any streams. Still, I am pleased. [ January 09, 2004: Message edited by: Jim Yingst ]
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That's pretty good, Jim! I also get a range (of course) but I have never seen it above 27xx.