Saturday, 14 January 2012
Test your Internet connection bandwidth to locations around the world with this interactive broadband speed test: Speedtest.net
Are you getting the Internet performance you paid for? Using Speedtest.net, you can consistently verify if your Internet service provider is delivering the connection speed they promised. Mostly.
Many Internet Service Providers have signed up to provide realistic measures of the upstream and downstream speed you pay for. It also tests latency when measuring the ping-speed.
These Internet speed testing services have been around for years and Speedtest.net is one of the longest surviving, in large part because it is more reliable than most.
The free service available on the front-page provides a reasonable gauge of your Internet connection speed, which, according to the other benchmarks we've run, is usually accurate.
You have the option of pinging a number of international servers and measuring the response time for both upload and download. It is very easy to use with easily selected graphics and clear animated progress guides.
You can sign up for a free account to more easily track your Speedtest.net results from multiple computers. It will also enable you to create 'Speed Waves,' manage your test history, label and group your connections and reserve a unique Speedtest.net nickname should you feel the need to dive into the community of speed freaks and share your results.
As a browser based service, it does need Flash plugins to work, but it is cross-platform and cross-browser. There is now an Android app available for testing your smart-phone's data link.
It is useful to test relative to a particular location, so that you can analyse why sites from one particular region might load slowly.
It isn't guaranteed 100% accurate, but none of these are, so exercise caution before you get into disputes with your ISP. Note that time of day, the chosen server location and hence the traffic originating from the rest of the world will also affect the test results.
That said, a very useful free utility. RC