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Broadband speed test

IWannaBeAdored Avatar
8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
Anyone know what the most accurate/reliable one to use is?
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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
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#1
Are you using ADSL or Cable broadband.
If you are using ADSL the most reliable throughput tester is
http://speedtester.bt.com/
#2
A lot of people use [url]www.speedtest.net[/url]
#3
Spuddyboy;1556759
Are you using ADSL or Cable broadband.
If you are using ADSL the most reliable throughput tester is
http://speedtester.bt.com/

Apologies. It's cable (Virgin).
#4
Magic_monkey;1556762
A lot of people use www.speedtest.net


Just tried it. Here are the results:
http://www.speedtest.net/result/231957553.png

I've just upgrade from 2mb to 20mb.

Is this a respectable speed for the money for a wireless connection?
#5
There isnt really a reliable speed test that you can do. The best thing you can do is find a large file to download from a website that has alot of bandwidth (like google or microsoft) and then see how fast it downloads and what speed its going at.
banned#6
IWannaBeAdored;1556773
Just tried it. Here are the results:
http://www.speedtest.net/result/231957553.png

I've just upgrade from 2mb to 20mb.

Is this a respectable speed for the money for a wireless connection?


No. I have Virgin and get this:-

http://www.speedtest.net/result/231958991.png

Speedtest is always reliable for me.
#7
That's fast download for a home connection. Shame most upload speeds from UK ISPs suck.
#8
csiman;1556793
No. I have Virgin and get this:-

http://www.speedtest.net/result/231958991.png

Speedtest is always reliable for me.

Jeeeez. You on 20mb? I take it you're not wireless though?
#9
Even on wireless it shouldn't make too much difference.
#10
Here's mine, Im on "up to 8mb"
My results show that I'm on about 7mb and I'm on wireless.
http://www.speedtest.net/result/231957938.png
#11
Magic_monkey;1556820
Even on wireless it shouldn't make too much difference.

Why is there such a massive difference then?

I'm on a 7 day cooling off period for the upgrade.

Any advice?
banned#12
What modem have you got? I have the new VM black one. Speeds sucked on the old NTL Home 100 ones.

Yes - I have 20mb but they only bill me for 4mb I think.

I pay £26.95 for telephone line rental and free local calls and 20mb BB.

At the end of the day, your speed is fine for browsing. Faster speeds are only necessary for torrents etc.
#13
The speed you get also depends alot on your line quality and how far you are from your exchange.
#14
My broadband took a while, a week or so, to kick up to its full speed.
Test it every couple of days and see if it improves.

The best way to check speed is to download a large file and see what speed it downloads at. Like Deathtrap suggested.
If I download a 100mb file, the average download speed is 815kb/s transfer rate.
banned#15
Spriggan;1556861
The speed you get also depends alot on your line quality and how far you are from your exchange.

Not relevant for the OP as they have cable.
#16
csiman;1556834
What modem have you got? I have the new VM black one. Speeds sucked on the old NTL Home 100 ones.

Yes - I have 20mb but they only bill me for 4mb I think.

I pay £26.95 for telephone line rental and free local calls and 20mb BB.

At the end of the day, your speed is fine for browsing. Faster speeds are only necessary for torrents etc.


It's one of the old Motorola one's. I did ask the guy that I spoke to when I did the upgrade if it's compatible and he said yes.

I've just phoned them up again and they're sending me their latest modem and extending the cooling off period for another 7 days.
banned#17
IWannaBeAdored;1556895
It's one of the old Motorola one's. I did ask the guy that I spoke to when I did the upgrade if it's compatible and he said yes.

I've just phoned them up again and they're sending me their latest modem and extending the cooling off period for another 7 days.

Result :thumbsup:
#18
Oh nice one, that's customer service for you!
#19
Will I have to send it back if I choose not to stay with the 20mb? :whistling:

Anyone got a picture of one? Found this:
http://www.iidacable.tv/images/modem/dpc2100.jpg

Thanks for all your advice by the way.
#20
just done mine and im not sure what to make of it , i have VM 8mb and im not wireless.
is this good or bad result
http://www.speedtest.net/result/231979221.png
#21
Sky mid, not bad for £5/month
http://www.speedtest.net/result/231982800.png
edit: Just to show how consistant sky are:
http://www.speedtest.net/result/232141374.png
#22
I got this result, on Wireless Sky Broadband mid.
http://www.speedtest.net/result/192939635.png
#23
Jenny1979x
I got this result, on Wireless Sky Broadband mid.
http://www.speedtest.net/result/192939635.png


What?! That's like dial-up speed! It's not even a tenth of 1mb!
Something isn't right.
Were you downloading something at the time of testing? Playing on xbox live? Another computer in the house?
#24
Just did mine again, as mine was way too low and i goth this result -

http://www.speedtest.net/result/232021378.png
#25
I could go on all night. Does this show how unreliable these tests are? Or that my connection is busier at times?
http://www.speedtest.net/result/232023882.png
banned#26
Jenny1979x;1557448
I could go on all night. Does this show how unreliable these tests are? Or that my connection is busier at times?
http://www.speedtest.net/result/232023882.png

Thats sky for you not speedtest.net. Virgin Media Cable consistently delivers mine at 20Mb/s unless I've been downloading all day and then it slows up between 4pm & 8pm..
#27
The tests are reliable, it just depends on the amount of bandwidth you're using while running the test.
Ideally, you want no other programs running while running the test in the internet browser. So any programs that require internet access should be closed ie. msn, email clients, youtube etc.
#28
Magic_monkey;1557499
The tests are reliable, it just depends on the amount of bandwidth you're using while running the test.
Ideally, you want no other programs running while running the test in the internet browser. So any programs that require internet access should be closed ie. msn, email clients, youtube etc.


My new results after closing everything else down (had Limewire running in my first test).

http://www.speedtest.net/result/232045810.png
#29
just some advice - i wouldn't use Limewire if i was you. it can be traced easily, hence caught illegal downloading.
using torrents is much safier, and better quality music and films
#30
IWannaBeAdored
My new results after closing everything else down (had Limewire running in my first test).

http://www.speedtest.net/result/232045810.png

That's much better, double your first test. Still only around 10-11mb but I'd still be happy with that. Plus you're still getting a new modem! :-D
#31
surfer90;1557974
just some advice - i wouldn't use Limewire if i was you. it can be traced easily, hence caught illegal downloading.
using torrents is much safier, and better quality music and films

I do use torrents, but they use Limewire when I open them to download.

What should I be using?
#32
newsgroups :P
#33
Apologies, but I'm new to this torrent business.

What are newsgroups and can anyone recommend one?
#34
What are newsgroups and can anyone recommend one?


How it works...

Ok, unlike P2P, you do not connect to someone elses computer to get the goods. A rather large server or servers exist (usually in the USofA) which have large storage capacities. These servers hold the data which you download from. The server works like this...

People upload a file or files onto a server. When the capacity of that server is full the next file or files (therefore the newest ones) that are uploaded are stored at the end of the free space pussing the files (the oldest) out of the system...

For example...

Lets say the servers capacity is 4 files in total... the server structure would look like this if the files were uploaded in numerical order...

File 1 - Uploaded 1/1/07
File 2 - Uploaded 2/1/07
File 3 - Uploaded 3/1/07
File 4 - Uploaded 4/1/07

Now if someone uploads a new file the oldest file (in this case file 1) gets booted and the structure looks like this...

File 2 - Uploaded 2/1/07
File 3 - Uploaded 3/1/07
File 4 - Uploaded 4/1/07
File 5 - Uploaded 5/1/07

Still at our 4 file capacity, but the oldest file has been replaced with the newest one.

The only way you are going to be able to download file one again is if someone reposts it and it then becomes the newest file, therefore being positions at the bottom, like this...

File 3 - Uploaded 3/1/07
File 4 - Uploaded 4/1/07
File 5 - Uploaded 5/1/07
File 1 - Uploaded 7/1/07

Got that? Good, now times the amount of files by billions and billions and you get the idea. Its a last in first out system. The oldest file in the structure is the first one out when a new file is uploaded.

Servers are of huge capacity and can guarantee that they will have all posted files for a certain number of days before they are replaced with new files. This is called RETENTION.

Retentions

The retention figures for the most popular servers are as follows...

Newshosting - 110 Days
Giganews - 200 Days
Powerusenet - 105 Days

Basically, once a file has been posted to a server you can download it for the quoted amount of time before it will be dropped in favour of new files.

Completion

Binary files (these are the ones you will be downloading) are split into RAR files before uploading (using Winrar). A full DVD is 4.5GB, however you would download several files one by one then rejoin them to get the full 4.5GB file. The size of these rar files is defendant on the person posting, but generally you would be looking at around 50MB a file if it is a full 4.5GB you are downloading.

Basic Maths tells us that 4.5GB divided by 50MB works out to be 90 rar files. You will need to download them all as if you have one more damaged or missing, you will not be able to rejoin them into the original 4.5GB file.

Right, so lets say you have downloaded the 90 files and have tried to rejoin them (right click on any of the rars and then click on extract - assuming you have WinRar installed) but the extraction falls over due to a file missing or corrupt. What do you do?

Well, kindly for us, the original poster "usually" (I say usually because sometimes they don't) uploads repair files called PAR's. These PAR files hold enough data in them to be able to repair one or more damaged files, or replace any files that are missing. The really good thing about this is that each PAR file has enough info in it to be able to replace whatever damaged or missing file you have. Usually, with each uploaded file you are given 10% in par files.

Going back to our 90 rars we downloaded for our 4.5GB file, you should also have 9 PAR files.

If WinRAR reports a missing or corrupt file when extracting, download one or two of these PAR files and you will be able to repair them using a program like QuickPar found at [url]www.quickpar.org.uk[/url] which is free.

Quickpar will take the information from the PAR files and will repair or create thedamaged or missing files in a matter of seconds / minutes. You can then extract with no problems...

If there aren't enough PAR files for repair, well you are ******ed basically and will have to wait until someone posts a decent set of files for that 4.5GB file you are trying to download.

Completion is the word used by servers telling you how much of the information they have is complete and not missing. (if it is missing you will have trouble extracting the RAR's)

The completion figures for the most popular servers are all around 99% however depending on the muppet uploading the file you may fine some of the individual rars you are downloading need a little PAR treatment. Its not big deal and quite common, but easy to sort out as long as you download enough PAR files as well.

How Do I download these files then?

Right, you understand about the RAR and PAR files and now you just want to get hold of some of the blighter's, and fast...

For this receive you will need the following...

1 x Usenet host
1 x Binary NBZ file maker
1 x Binary file downloaded
1 x WinRar
1 x Quickpar

Usenet Hosts

The main ones are...

[url]www.newshosting.com[/url]
[url]www.giganews.com[/url]
[url]www.powerusenet.com[/url]

They break down as follows...

Newshosting...

There are 3 packages

Download up to 10GB a month for $9.99 (£5.05) per month (110 days retention / 20 connections) SSL included
Unlimited downloads (80 days retention / 8 connections) for $14.95 (£7.56) per month
Unlimited downloads (110 days retention / 20 connections) for $19.95 (£10.09) per month SSL included.

Giganews...


4 packages available (all have 200 days retention)

Bronze - Dont bother with this only 2GB a month download limit.
Silver - 25GB a month (10 connections) for $12.99 (£6.50) a month
Platinum - Unlimited (10 connections) for $24.99 (£12.56) a month
Diamond - Unlimited (20 connections) for $19.95 (£10.09) per month SSL included.

Diamond Package $19.99 for the first month, $29.99 a month thereafter.

Powerusenet


2 packages available

Power User - Unlimited (105 days retention / 6 connections) $9.99 (£5.05) a month
Secure Power User (105 days retention / 12 connections) $12.99 (£6.50) a month SSL included

Both PowerUsenet packages revert to $14.95 and $19.95 respectively after 2 months.

What's all this about connections???

Although you only have one physical connection to the internet, you can multiply this to give you better bandwidth and quicker downloads.

For example, load up Internet Explorer or Firefox, got to a website and download a file. Note its download speed. Now locate another file and download that too at the same time. If the download speed of the first file has not changed then you can rest assured that on a single file download you are not getting the full download speed from you line. This is more than likely to do with the bandwidth restrictions placed on the server you are downloading from.

With two downlods going on at once you are multiplying the connections and now you have 2, thus allowing a greater amount of your line speed to be utilized. The more connecitons you have the greater the chance of maxing out your line to its peak download speed.

In my experiences 4 connections is more than enough to max out my 10MB NTL connection so there is no real need to go for an 8 connection package.

With this in mind I personally recommend the Powerusenet $14.99 a month package. Ive been using it for a few years no with no problems - but an the end of the day the choice is yours.

Where do I get these files from then?

Ok, you have your server, now you need to know where to get the files.

There are a few options here but the best by far is [url]www.newzbin.com[/url]

This site lists all the most recent uploads and allows you to download a file which contains all the information you need to download the file you want. It costs a few pounds a yet to register with them but its more than worth it. Basically you use the search box on the top of the page to look for what you want. It will provide a list of the matching files and will also give you extra information in the form of user comments. So that latest DVD may have a user comment with it saying "Dont download this the quality is ****" you will obviously realise that you want to wait for a better version. Makes looking for stuff so much easier and negates the need to wait for 4.5GB of info to download to then realise that is useless, unlike some torrents no doubt. When you have found a file or files you want you click on a button and a file gets saved (called an NBZ file) to your dekstop that tells the download software on which server and where on that serve the files you want can be found.

I have my NBZ file, now what?

Ok so you have your NBZ file, you need to load it into a newsgroup program so you can start downloading the files.
One of the best by far is Newsbin found at [url]www.newsbin.com[/url] and costs $25 to register (yes I have registered this and well worth it IMHO!). Install, input the details of your server (you will get these when you sign up to your chosen server) and set up download paths and connection details (you will want to make sure you tell it to use 4 connections if you have chosen the 4 connection package with your server) and then click on Load NBZ. Find the NBZ on your desktop and it will bring up a list of all the files you chose. CLick on them to download them, wait a while and then use QuickPar and WinRar to repair if needed and finally extract.

You are left with either an iso, an img or an mdf file,(all image files) which can all be burned with Alcohol120%, probably the best burning software out there.

MP3's will come down the line as MP3's smaller programs and stuff will generally come down as .exe files within multiple rar files.

Erm.. thats is really. easy peasy.
#35
Thanks for all the info. :thumbsup:
#36
Lol that's a pretty huge and informative post!

I just use rapidshare.com
banned#37
A bit of bedtime reading lol thanks although dont you normally have to subscribe to newsgroups with a fee?
#38
A bit of bedtime reading lol thanks although dont you normally have to subscribe to newsgroups with a fee?


yep you do, but the amount of "stuff" available and speed it comes down the line (full line speed) more than makes up for the minimal amount you have to pay.
#39
hitnews.eu gives you a free weeks trial, and there unlimited package is only £4.50 a month also. no tie ins also..
banned#40
Simon_G;1560861
yep you do, but the amount of "stuff" available and speed it comes down the line (full line speed) more than makes up for the minimal amount you have to pay.

With respect, I disagree. patience is a virtue and even more so when its free.

Who needs the latest episode of Lost in 20 minutes from release when it can be had in 3-4 hours for free? And its carp. Stick with

Dexter
Brotherhood
boston legal
greys anatomy

films in 4-5 hours isnt a problem.

BTW, Gone baby gone is superb.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0452623/

Cant remember the last time I watched anything decent on the rip-off BBC (excluding The Street).

the best case for privatisation i have ever seen.

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