How can I test my dial-up connection?

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bellgamin

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I use dial-up [sob]. :(

For the next couple of weeks I will temporarily have two ISPs. Both of them are local outfits here in Hawaii.

When the 2 weeks are done, I will drop one of these ISPs and keep the one which [hopefully] is the better of the two.

Both of these outfits are very reliable. I'm on a first name basis with the tech folks at both of them. They are friendly & helpful in every way. So my decision between them will have to be based mainly upon connection speed.

Right now the only thing I have for gauging their relative speeds is the little computer icon in my system tray which represents the fact that I am connected. As you know, when I float my cursor over that icon, it will tell the present connection speed, bytes sent, & bytes received.

For ISP #1, EVERY connection to date has reflected a speed of 53333 bps.

For ISP #2, the connection speed for about 40% of connections reflects a speed of 53333, just like ISP #1. The other 60% of connections show a speed of only 31200 bps. I mentioned this fact to their tech guy & he said that ALL their modems are 56k, & that the variance was likely caused by my phone line.

QUESTIONS:
1) How accurate are the speed readings that I get from the little computer icon in my system tray?
2) Is there a software program that will give me more definitive data about what is going on with my connection?

Concerning Q2, what I want is a program that will tell me whether a slow-down is because of [a] my dial-up connection, OR is because of conditions that lie beyond my own connection/ISP.

P.S. All you rich people with broadband, please don't curl your lips at us po' folks.

peace unto all........bellgamin
 
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