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Solved: DSL line test good..browsing slow...video not good!

Discussion in 'Networking' started by GEOFF, Nov 23, 2007.

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  1. GEOFF

    GEOFF Thread Starter

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    That is impressive. And your download speed is full rated because????

    I am on phone line and I get for my 5mbit about 4mbit.
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    I have seen other examples of 20% download speed loss.....but yours is full download. Nice.
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  2. JohnWill

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    I guess that Verizon is trying to convince people that the FiOS service is really good. :D I do notice that my uplink speed isn't quite my full 2mbit speed. ;)
     
  3. GEOFF

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    Pretty impressive all the same. I always find when I use this speed test site versus the last one my speed is lower.............must be something to do with distance/equipment or perhaps politics.....who knows.
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    Here's mine from a couple of places. The first one is from speedtest.net, then from DslReports, and finally from Speakeasy.net

    The all were done to a New York server, so they should be similar. I see that DSL Reports is a bit slower, hard to say why.
     

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    My internet knowledge is limited, however I suspect that even though the tests were all done to a New York server, the routing and connections may be much different and thus the speed variations. I use to think it was the local line condition and traffic at the time of the test, however, I find the results to the same test site location on repeated tests to be fairly consistent. In other words some locations test lower than others consistently, therefore something in between me and them seems to be causing that result. And other test sites are consistenly higher, suggesting that the routing or lines or equipment is more efficient. Maybe what that means is that when you test your internet connection speed you are also testing the internet performance between you and that particular location.

    As an exaggerated example, when I was in Indonesia after the big Tsunami, a main internet cable had been snapped on the seabed and they said it would take almost a year to replace. This was the reason for the slower network speed. Yes, more traffic was on the alternate routes, but when you attempted to visit a web site from a neighbouring country just a few hundred miles away for example, apparently it was routed via North America and/or Europe until the cable could be repaired.

    I guess if someone had lots of time they could run multiple speed tests to numerous test sites in each city and work their way around the continent and maybe end up with a health report on the internet...................and get a good average for their own internet speed at the same time...................or maybe not.

    Unfortunately (or fortunately) my life is too busy for that.

    I have found this thread to be very helpful regarding my understanding of internet speeds and tests. I don't know much, but it's much more than when I started.

    And though my advertised 5mbits is more like 4mbits, compared to my previous 256dsl it's like driving a Corvette Z06 versus a Toyota Corolla.
    Apologies for the length of the above.
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  6. JohnWill

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    You most certainly are testing all the nodes between you and any of the Internet speed test sites, that's correct.

    Here's a simple example, obviously my connection didn't change much in the 30 seconds or so. Also, these results are repeatable.
     

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    Lose 1/3 to Dallas & 2/3 to SF! Pretty shocking loses. I never would have thought that. I wonder why this is and how many people are aware of it......

    So, a speed test with Singapore or Manilla or London leaves you where I wonder?

    Look, here's my result with Vancouver which is very similar to your distance to San Francisco:
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    local to Toronto: very slow tonight but faster than Van.
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    But get a load of this test to Dallas which is a long way shows 1250 miles versus Toronto 50 miles.....faster than Toronto which is just down the road.........
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    So maybe routing plays a part as well as distance.........
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    I'm sure routing plays a major part. My experience in general in the US is that distance is normally the deciding factor. However, coming in from another country, there may be different kinds of bottlenecks.
     
  9. GEOFF

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    Makes sense.
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