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a child of Ookla Net Metrics, is the most useful of a handful of free
web sites you can use to check your Internet connection speed, and
repeatedly if you'd like. Broadband Internet service is not cheap
and it's good to know if you're getting what you're paying for.
Speedtest.net pays for itself by advertising the free web browser,
Google Chrome, and some performance-enhancing software, which is not
free. It also has a link to pingtest.net, a tool used to test the
quality of your connection; and Speed Wave, a web site for joining
groups of speed testers. For more information, click the “Learn
more” and “See how” buttons, or read the short Wikipedia article about
speedtest.net. You can also TEST AGAIN and choose a NEW
SERVER. There's one more very useful button labeled MY RESULTS
that you can click to see a history of your speed tests.
Click the speedtest.net link at the left side of this email, and your
browser will load and open this tester. The main graphic on the
page is an interactive map with a green BEGIN TEST button near the
top. It's pretty simple to use-- just click BEGIN TEST. A
server relatively near you is chosen as the target for the download and
upload tests. The map displays your location and that of the
server, as well as a little progress bar for the tests. Results
are given as a quantity of megabits per second for download and upload,
and ping speed in milliseconds. Test as many times as you'd
like. If you have multiple computers, see which is fastest.
If you can connect either wirelessly or through an ethernet cable,
compare those connections.
Generally, through a cable is faster than wireless, and wireless
connections can be improved by getting the fast kind of wireless modem
and by sitting closer to it when you use it. Depending on which
operating system you have, there are other tricks for maximizing your
connection speed. Check out the links at the left, or call John
for an estimate on setting up or maximizing your home network.
His rates are the best and your satisfaction is always guaranteed.
October 16, 2011