[kwlug-disc] Reliable Broadband speed test

Cedric Puddy cedric at thinkers.org
Fri Mar 4 14:51:05 EST 2011


ispgeeks.com has a speed test that exposes more of the underlying data from which speed estimates are typically derived, so I usually use theirs -- it gives me enough additional information that I can you usually get a bit better idea of how the line is actually performing.

The http://netalyzr.icsi.berkeley.edu/ also identifies lots of interesting potential issues that could be holding up the train on a given broadband link (including buffer-bloat).

Between those two tools, you can get a pretty good idea of the state of the nation.

Naturally, old habits die hard, and I've often typed http://speakeasy.net/speedtest too... :)


-Cedric


On 2011-03-04, at 9:44 AM, Kyle Spaans wrote:

> Since bandwidth tests are so tricky, I use ping latency to guage how
> well my internet is going. (Though it's better for telling me that one
> of my roommates is hogging the line.) I've installed SmokePing[1] on
> my desktop, so a quick look at the charts usually answers my
> questions. I've got it configured to ping my gateway (ISP),
> csclub.uwaterloo.ca (where I spent 90% of my time inside of an SSH
> session, so I care very, very much about latency), and google.ca.
> 
> 1 - http://oss.oetiker.ch/smokeping/
> 
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