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#16 MaraM

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 03:12 AM

Thanks so much for the link, Wildabeast!

CNet says our is "1389.2 kbps" - accurate reading or not, it was interesting to get an idea of the speed and I do appreciate your help.
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Posted 25 November 2006 - 04:12 AM

Your welcome Mara, here is A Google Link that has a bunch of places to test. I got a few different results when I did them.

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 10:51 AM

Speed tests are for lack of a better term "subjective". This is due to many factors. several of which, are time of day and general traffic on the "net". The available bandwidth of the test site and the type of queue that the test site uses. The relative line conditioning of the users broadband line to their machine. The stability of the modem in use at the time. These are just some of the many factors that come into play when measuring your bandwidth speed.

The rule of thumb I advise my customers is to use at least 5 different test sites all over the world. Test at least 6 times during the day at random intervals. Test for 7 consecutive days, then average the results and that will be your most accurate average speed.

The analogy being that the web/internet is no different than the roads and highways that cars trucks and buses travel every day. Some are fast from point A to B. Some are rerouted and take longer for whatever reason. And believe it or not sometimes you get in rush-hour traffic. As well as every other obstacle that those "real" vehicles are at the mercy of.

Hope this has given a little insight to "speed tests" and their subjective accuracy.

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#19 MaraM

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 01:40 PM

Thanks for the extra link, Wildabeast - I finally found a place on our internet provider's site where they list the speed we're paying for as "up to 1.5" - suspect the up to is the operative term - gentle grin - so I'm off to test my computer at various times at all the sites.

And thanks so very much for explaining the reality of speed on the internet, Animal. I honestly never realized before why sometimes it's so quick and other times very slow. (Guess I thought of it as similar to telephone lines - sort of 'dedicated') - ah, so so so much to learn!. Great explanation and I really do appreciate it!
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Posted 25 November 2006 - 10:58 PM

On this subject, there is a very important point to be aware of which can cause a lot of head scratching.

Watch the size of the 'b' or the 'B'. ISPs usually advertise their wares in bits/sec (bps), because it sounds much better, while the practical measurement is Bytes/sec (Bps). As there are 8 bits in a Byte, the actual speeds may be 8 times slower than you are expecting. Quoted speeds will usually be around the possible maximum while a number of factors will affect this adversely as mentioned by Animal.

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 11:05 PM

Thanks Rowal - didn't know that either so do appreciate your explanation! (I must confess I spend a great deal of time 'head scratching' while trying to learn all I can about these magical computers :thumbsup: ).

Edited by MaraM, 25 November 2006 - 11:06 PM.

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 11:41 PM

Ah yes, but I bet you are having a lot of fun at the same time Mara. I don't think there is a better or more friendly site than this one right here.

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