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Question about accurate speed testing and Choke points

Discussion in 'Networking' started by lightingbird, Mar 30, 2010.

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  1. lightingbird

    lightingbird Thread Starter

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    I have a question about download speeds.

    There is a customer in my local area that has service with Charter communications. They are paying for 60mb down and 5mb up. They are not getting the speed they are paying for at all. A couple of techs have been out to their home to resolve this an stated this was a line problem. So that is still waiting to resolved. Here is the odd question. When trying to measure the speed I am getting different results.

    Here are all the average test results:

    These tests were all done with direct connections to a ubee modem.

    Speakeasy Speed Test
    http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/
    20mb down 5mb up

    Speedtest.net
    http://www.speedtest.net/
    15mb down and 5mb up

    Testmy.net
    http://www.testmy.net/tools/test/d_load.php
    11.5 down and 5mb up

    Toast.net
    http://performance.toast.net/default.asp
    4mb! down and 5mb up

    Charter communications (charters own speed test)
    http://spt01olvemo.stls.mo.charter.com/
    33.5 down and 5up


    So every test got the upload speed right but every speed test was different. Now all of the closest servers were selected but still this odd result. Now I know you should use your ISP's speed test but this can be misleading to the average consumer.

    So I'm looking for some opinions on the best most accurate way to test a customers download speed. Also is it possible for a routers firewall to choke and hurt the speed coming into a customers home?

    Any other idea's?
     
  2. TerryNet

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    I wouldn't worry too much about a router's firewall choking the speed, but certainly the characteristics of the modem and router are important. For example, my Motorola cable modem would not be good for that service, as it maxes out at 30 Mbps.
     
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