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Solved: Speed tests with different results

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  1. pedroguy

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    Hi:I know the answer to this will be simple,but I'll ask it anyway.
    I have a desktop running xp sp2 using cox cable internet.I am very happy with the performance.
    Just for info,I ran a speed test using Speakeasy and the result was about 12 mbps download.
    Taking Johnwills advice from another thread,I did the same test using DSL reports.The result was 16mbps download.Both test sites are in LA.
    I am just curious as to the difference and which one is closer to the true download speed.
    Thanks for any info you can suggest.
     
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    Hi guys:Well my download speed has been up and down like a toilet seat for the past week.Today both speed tests show download at 12mbps.When it slows,it is around 7-8 mbps,which is still ok but is noticeable to me.
    I have sent an email to my ISP(Cox) asking if they have had problems in our area.
    But my question now is,and I know I am probably being paranoid,but I am just wondering if someone could be stealing my bandwidth.I am using WPA encryption.Is there a simple way that I could check it when my speed is down.I am using a Linksys wrt54g.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated
    Thanks
     
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    Doubt that anybody is stealing your bandwidth, but if ya wanna be "paranoid" change your passphrase--20+ characters mixed, don't use words vulnerable to a dictionary attack.

    Or when your speed is down, connect via ethernet and disable your router's wireless signal. :)

    FWIW I just ran successive tests, 15 seconds to a minute between each; only this laptop connected to router; using wireless but NetStumbler shows no noise, no other networks, excellent SNR. All figures are Mbps. I am ~85 miles from Chicago. Using Speakeasy.

    Chicago: 3.9, 2.8, 4.2, 4.6, 2.6, 2.5
    Los Angeles: 3.5
    Atlanta: 4.3
    Seattle: 2.5
    Washington, D.C.: 3.0
    Chicago 4.1

    Usually when I do something like this I get much better and much more consistent results. Am positive there's nothing I own that's causing the Chicago variation from 2.5 to 4.2. Must be something in the air! :)
     
  4. pedroguy

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    Terrynet.Thanks for the info.
    Your comparisons make me feel a lot better.
     
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