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Old November 15th 08, 10:06 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Grumps
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Default Speed test results

Hi

I have used the following two speed test sites for some time, and they've
both given consistent results of about 1.4MB/s, which is about the max for
my line.

http://www.broadbandspeedchecker.co.uk/
http://www.thinkbroadband.com/speedtest.html

But recently, at all times of the day, the first site has been giving
download speeds of about 0.5MB/s. This seems to be on all of the speed test
sites that link to this sort of test (you know, the ones with the two speedo
dials).

Why would there be such a change?


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Old November 15th 08, 10:30 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Conor
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Grumps wrote:
Hi

I have used the following two speed test sites for some time, and they've
both given consistent results of about 1.4MB/s, which is about the max for
my line.

http://www.broadbandspeedchecker.co.uk/
http://www.thinkbroadband.com/speedtest.html

But recently, at all times of the day, the first site has been giving
download speeds of about 0.5MB/s. This seems to be on all of the speed test
sites that link to this sort of test (you know, the ones with the two speedo
dials).

Why would there be such a change?


Welcome to the reliability of online checkers. Far better using a
complete test suite.

--
Conor

"Some of you may be anxious about finding a new job, or a new place to
live. I know how you feel." President Bush, 2008
  #3  
Old November 15th 08, 10:38 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Ato_Zee
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Default Speed test results


Why would there be such a change?


Maybe your ISP is throttling the speed, or hasn't
enough backhaul bandwidth. If your ISP gives free
webspace, then time the upload and download
times for some test uncompressable wallpaper
files. Then work out from the file size your actual
upload and download speeds.
Your line may have changed. Has your sync
speed, SNR or attenuation changed?
You get these from your routers control panel.
Any speed tester outside your ISP's domain
is dependent on who is carrying your ISP's
traffic, to save money some ISP's use shiddy
carriers.
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Old November 15th 08, 10:50 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Grumps
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Default Speed test results

"Ato_Zee" wrote in message
...

Why would there be such a change?


Maybe your ISP is throttling the speed, or hasn't
enough backhaul bandwidth. If your ISP gives free
webspace, then time the upload and download
times for some test uncompressable wallpaper
files. Then work out from the file size your actual
upload and download speeds.
Your line may have changed. Has your sync
speed, SNR or attenuation changed?
You get these from your routers control panel.
Any speed tester outside your ISP's domain
is dependent on who is carrying your ISP's
traffic, to save money some ISP's use shiddy
carriers.


My fault, I wasn't clear in my OP.
Only the first site now shows speeds of 0.5MB/s. The other site still shows
a healthy 1.4MB/s.
Sync speeds, SNR, etc are the same as always.

iplayer downloads are over 1.1MB/s (for the programmes I normally fetch).

I don't think there is an issue with download speed, but just the routes to
the test server must have become more congested. Or is that total b**locks?



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Old November 15th 08, 10:50 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Grumps
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Default Speed test results

"Conor" wrote in message
...
Grumps wrote:
Hi

I have used the following two speed test sites for some time, and they've
both given consistent results of about 1.4MB/s, which is about the max
for my line.

http://www.broadbandspeedchecker.co.uk/
http://www.thinkbroadband.com/speedtest.html

But recently, at all times of the day, the first site has been giving
download speeds of about 0.5MB/s. This seems to be on all of the speed
test sites that link to this sort of test (you know, the ones with the
two speedo dials).

Why would there be such a change?

Welcome to the reliability of online checkers. Far better using a complete
test suite.


Can you recommend one?


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Old November 15th 08, 11:37 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Bob Eager
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Default Speed test results

On Sat, 15 Nov 2008 22:50:13 UTC, "Grumps" wrote:

"Ato_Zee" wrote in message
...

Why would there be such a change?


Maybe your ISP is throttling the speed, or hasn't
enough backhaul bandwidth. If your ISP gives free
webspace, then time the upload and download
times for some test uncompressable wallpaper
files. Then work out from the file size your actual
upload and download speeds.
Your line may have changed. Has your sync
speed, SNR or attenuation changed?
You get these from your routers control panel.
Any speed tester outside your ISP's domain
is dependent on who is carrying your ISP's
traffic, to save money some ISP's use shiddy
carriers.


My fault, I wasn't clear in my OP.
Only the first site now shows speeds of 0.5MB/s. The other site still shows
a healthy 1.4MB/s.


1.4MB/s is unbelievable. Or did you mean 1.4Mb/s?

--
Bob Eager
Use the BIG mirror service in the UK:
http://www.mirrorservice.org

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Old November 15th 08, 11:42 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Ato_Zee
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I don't think there is an issue with download speed, but just the routes
to
the test server must have become more congested. Or is that total
b**locks?


A ping test, or better still, one of the diagnostic utilities to the
slow speed tester site might show something.
There are repetative pingers, ping every few secs, up to
ping every hour, or whatever you set.
Or one of the visual traceroute utilities that shows
graphically the spread of response time at each hop.
For me I prefer download and upload speed to my
free webspace, it's a server in my ISP's domain, if they
don't perform to their own servers, something is very
sick.
Then you compare that figure with speed tester results
and uploading/downloading test files to sites
outside your ISP's domain. This shows up any
backhaul bandwidth problems.
Then if you connect to an audio or video streaming
site and you get 2 secs of content, and 20 secs
or more of buffering, you can begin to pinpoint the
bottleneck.
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Old November 16th 08, 03:43 AM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Eeyore
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Default Speed test results



Grumps wrote:

Hi

I have used the following two speed test sites for some time, and they've
both given consistent results of about 1.4MB/s, which is about the max for
my line.

http://www.broadbandspeedchecker.co.uk/


Doesn't respond properly ! Hardly an encouraging sign.


http://www.thinkbroadband.com/speedtest.html


Usually underestimates.

Now try this. (google bbmax). http://www.speedtest.bbmax.co.uk/
http://www.speedtest.bbmax.co.uk/res...7246&v=5550355

Graham

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Old November 16th 08, 03:44 AM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Eeyore
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Default Speed test results



Grumps wrote:

Hi

I have used the following two speed test sites for some time, and they've
both given consistent results of about 1.4MB/s, which is about the max for
my line.

http://www.broadbandspeedchecker.co.uk/
http://www.thinkbroadband.com/speedtest.html

But recently, at all times of the day, the first site has been giving
download speeds of about 0.5MB/s. This seems to be on all of the speed test
sites that link to this sort of test (you know, the ones with the two speedo
dials).

Why would there be such a change?


Who is the ISP and why would you leave such critical info out ?

And what are your sync speeds ?

Graham


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Old November 16th 08, 03:46 AM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Eeyore
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Default Speed test results



Grumps wrote:

"Ato_Zee" wrote in message
...

Why would there be such a change?


Maybe your ISP is throttling the speed, or hasn't
enough backhaul bandwidth. If your ISP gives free
webspace, then time the upload and download
times for some test uncompressable wallpaper
files. Then work out from the file size your actual
upload and download speeds.
Your line may have changed. Has your sync
speed, SNR or attenuation changed?
You get these from your routers control panel.
Any speed tester outside your ISP's domain
is dependent on who is carrying your ISP's
traffic, to save money some ISP's use shiddy
carriers.


My fault, I wasn't clear in my OP.
Only the first site now shows speeds of 0.5MB/s. The other site still shows
a healthy 1.4MB/s.
Sync speeds, SNR, etc are the same as always.

iplayer downloads are over 1.1MB/s (for the programmes I normally fetch).

I don't think there is an issue with download speed, but just the routes to
the test server must have become more congested. Or is that total b**locks?


So far you have provide ZERO useful info.

We need router or modem diagnostic results like attenuation and sync rates plus
the name of your ISP.

Graham


 




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