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Accuracy Of Speed Tests

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#1 HyperHenry


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Posted 28 July 2017 - 04:44 PM

We recently got a Mobley Hotspot. When checking connection speeds with Ookla and it's showing that we're getting 1.5 to 3 Mbs. However last night 3 of us were streaming video with no buffering. I am watching an HD documentary without buffering. The network info thing say we're getting 65 Mbs. Which would be closer to right in your opinion?

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 05:01 PM

Hey, shut off all connected devices; restart your router; wait 15 minutes; restart your computer - the one you will be making the test from; try the speedtest again. For years Ookla's Internet speed test has been accurate for me and many others. However, you ought to be getting more than 3Mbits. Good luck.:)

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Posted 30 July 2017 - 11:10 AM



The speedtest will show you the weakest link between you and the server you connected to

This might be that the service is crowded in your area (aka many people sharing the same bandwidth).
It might be that the server you are testing against is crowded (aka many people testing at the same time).
It might be that the server is overseas and that the link to overseas is crowded.
It might be that the wifi channel you are using is crowded and that you have to wait for others to do their stuff before you can do yours (aka wifi=walkie talkie principle. one person speaking at the time)

It is very hard to know if the speedtest gives you accurate results because of this.

Most likely it will give you an idea.
Try other servers or other services.
Eg: fast.com is afaik operated on the netflix network and should as such give you an idea about what performance you could expect from netflix streaming




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