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2016-01-14, 16:21 #1
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DSL Reports Speed Test
DSL Reports Speed Test
Why is this the best speed test?
"There are a wide variety of speed tests. Java, Flash, HTML5 with nifty graphics. ISP branded tests. Why do we feel this is the best?
We have the pedigree. 15 years ago we launched the very first popular broadband speed test. It was a Java applet and did a simple staged download and upload. Last time we checked it had logged over 150 million tests. One of the first ISPs to donate bandwidth was a company called Speakeasy. The traffic must have made an impression on them because a few years later the CEO quit to start .. Ookla aka. speedtest.net.
This is the worlds first multi-stream HTML5 speed test. Multi-stream testing overcomes the need for the speed test server to be physically very close to your location. It also represents the modern usage pattern: someone is streaming netflix, a console is downloading a game patch, a VOIP or Skype call is taking place. Of course if you want single stream testing you can set that option in the handy preferences panel.
This test does not require highly insecure and annoying (update? again!?) Flash plug-ins or Java installs, nor does it require installation of an app. All your results, from any device, are together.
The test works consistently as possible across all modern browsers: Kindles, Playstation4, SmartTVs, Linux, iPhones, Android, FreeBSD and more run the test daily.
Wide range of operating conditions: tuned to work accurately over proxy driven satellite links, over laggy phone links - yet in the same 30s to 60s run time it will also measure gigabit capable connections.
Your entire test history is kept for your use even if you are not a registered member. Members can delete their tests and the data is actually, really, gone.
We do not have an interest in making ISPs look good! All test servers are located OUTSIDE your ISP in amazon and google data centers, the same ones that netflix and youtube use.
Your data is private. We collect data in order to present anonymized statistics but do NOT send it outside dslreports.com or to your ISP. If that should ever change, it will be clearly indicated and opt-out will be available.
This test does not piggy back a CDN (content delivery network) with an impressive list of cities but dodgy geo-location and shared servers. All test servers are dedicated to testing, are monitored, and are capable of multiples of the bandwdth actually required. If the servers get close to any capacity cap then the number of people per minute testing is throttled to keep results clean.
We regularly log gigabit results from well connected research and corporate IP addresses using average PCs and browsers.
The test is being fine tuned by ISP customers (members of this site). Our feedback forum is public, please use it to raise any concerns, or ask anything."
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2016-01-14, 18:02 #2
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Gosh, I haven't used them in years. They have really changed from the old java speed test that I used to run there. Thanks bbearren.