How fast is your internet? Run the provided tester and then answer the poll.

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by SurfDoctor, Aug 20, 2012.


After running the provided tester, reply with your results.

  1. 1 Mbps or below

    2 vote(s)
  2. 1 to 3 Mbps

    3 vote(s)
  3. 3 to 6 Mbps

    1 vote(s)
  4. 6 to 15 Mbps

    8 vote(s)
  5. 15 to 25 Mbps

    9 vote(s)
  6. 25 Mbps and above. Tell us how fast.

    3 vote(s)
  1. emmzee

    emmzee New Member

    True. Cable has limited bandwidth, so the more people in your area who are using the Internet at the same time, the slower your Internet will be. (However, I do not think it's true that people watching TV on cable affects your cable Internet speed.)

    DSL doesn't suffer from the bandwidth problem, however it has a different issue: The further your home happens to be from the phone company hub in your area, the slower your speed will be. (Also, at least according to TV commercials here in Canada, it's possible that your own DSL speed could be affected by you watching HD TV on DSL in your own home.)
  2. cdhale

    cdhale Member

    I have a wireless broadband and it was a blazing .98 Mbps download and .85 Mbps upload.

    Yes, both less than 1 Mbps.

    No better options out in my cow pasture, though...
  3. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    Good question. Last night when I ran the tests, 2 of my kids were playing Minecraft (I hear it's a bandwidth eater) so it's possible. Re: the TV, we don't have one, so don't know how that affects it. Right now, I'm the only one awake; only computer turned on, so I ran it again. My download speed was 17.xx upload 4.42 again. These seem the same-ish to me.
  4. GeeBee

    GeeBee Member

    I'm "backward" from most people. Here at the office, I got 1.93 down but 5.09 up.
  5. cdhale

    cdhale Member

    So I decided to try at the office:

    Upload: 39.15 Mbps
    Download: 90.4 Mbps

    I need that at home...
  6. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator Staff Member

    Holy Cow! Snail slow at home and lightning fast at work.
  7. -kevin-

    -kevin- Resident Redneck

    Some basic things that can help at your house. Customers normally can't control the cable or other providers and the dispersion of the signal. Providers can however amp up your signal if it is not meeting standards before it enters your house. For those that use any type of cable (as in copper or fios) entrance you can ask the technician to prioritize your signal to your modem. By that I mean, take a look at your splitter at the house entrance, if you have (for example) two tv's and a cable modem ask the technician to use a splitter that provides a single cable run to your modem as opposed to a shared run that is split and then used by a tv and a modem. You may have to invest in fixing the cabling in your house to provide the best signal to your modem. Especially important for the folks who are using the modem for converged services (tv, voice, internet). The providers are limited to what signal level they can provide but most enjoy optimizing the service (happy customer).

    The number of residential users in a neighborhood only affects your data usage as these folks come on line, tv's don't care for the most part and rarely affect anything other than the individual house (see note on splitters above) since each house will have a similar provisioning with the only difference being the level paid for by the customer.

    Older homes use RG-59 instead of RG-6 cabling. Look into upgrading.
  8. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    1.01 Mbps DSL. Took 4 hours to download 1.82 Gb's, and I don't live in the boonies. Just down the road I can get 5 Mbps or higher. It sucks when you're located right in an exact spot away from the central office where you can't get a decent speed.

    But at the same time, I have little to no buffering issues when watching huge online streams which is 99% of what I do in terms of watching programming and such, so I guess I can't complain too much.
  9. Julie1014

    Julie1014 New Member

    I don't understand anything about computers or the numbers, but I ran the test. The results are: 0.95 Download, and 0.34 Upload. Is this considered fast or slow? I have DSL wireless connection. I hope this helps your survey! :)
  10. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    Slow. Very. Just like mine.
  11. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator Staff Member

    Yea Julie, that's pretty slow. It's slightly less than 1 Mbps. As long as you are not paying much for it, it's OK. Especially if your connection does everything you want it to do. If you want to watch a lot of video online, you may have problems.
  12. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator Staff Member

    Like I said to Julie, as long as it does what you need and it's not costing too much, who's to complain?
  13. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator Staff Member

    What I was told was, when the lines are not optical, there is only so much bandwidth for a neighborhood. TV, phone and internet all use some of that finite bandwidth. If a lot of people are sucking it up, the amount of bandwidth per individual is decreased. That's why TV watchers slow down the internet. I am not arguing this point because I have no idea if it's true. I'm just repeating what I was told. Maybe that was the case only with older technology, I don't know.
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 22, 2012
  14. Julie1014

    Julie1014 New Member

    Thanks, SurfDoctor. It seems to work fine for us, and isn't expensive. :)
  15. BobbyJim

    BobbyJim New Member

    4 and 24 at mid-day!

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