[Hidden-tech] Reliable, accurate, meaningful Internet speed test?

all at pinehurstpictures.com all at pinehurstpictures.com
Sun Oct 18 08:29:17 EDT 2015

No. A couple things are going on. Each server you get results from takes a different path. If there is a slow server in your path you will get slow results. Another thing is ISP's make sure that these sites get preferential treatment as far as bandwith goes. So you get better results than everyday websites. 

Check out this Security Now podcast from September. They talk about this very subject. https://www.grc.com/sn/sn-526.htm

Rikk Desgres
Pinehurst Pictures & Sound

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [Hidden-tech] Reliable, accurate, meaningful Internet speed test?
From: Robert Heller <heller at deepsoft.com>
Date: Oct 18, 2015 12:59 AM
To: "Hidden Tech Discuss" <hidden-discuss at mm01.tnrnet.com>

Is there such a thing as a reliable, accurate, or meaningful Internet speed 

We are having some weirdness with trying to figure out just what speed our 
Internet connection *really* is.  Our provider is supposed to be giving us 
20Mbits down and 20Mbits up.  It does not seem to be that and when we run 
speed tests we get 'weird' results.

Speakeasy using the *Dallas, TX* server says we are getting 12.37 down, and
18.93 up, but their *New York, NY* server says something completely different,
4.70 down and 18.93 up. What does that mean, really? Why is it faster using
the rather distant Dallas server vs. the fairly close NYC server? Is
Speakeasy's NYC server a '486? Or what? Or is there something randomly screwy
with Speakeasy Flash code?

DSLReports speed test is much better, reporting 16.16/17.7 megabit/second -- 
not too bad.  

Speedof.me's HTML5 speed test reports somewhere about 5MBits down / 20Mbits 
up.  As does speedtest_cli's Python program.  Speedof.me gives no choice of 
server.  Choosing different servers with speedtest_cli makes little or no 

Note: all of the above are from the same *hardwired* machine at about the same 
time on a generally quiet network.

Is there anything like a truely reliable and generally accurate Internet speed 
test out there?  (No I am not looking for a dead accurate speed test, just 
something with reasonable, repeatable *reliable* and *consistent* results.  
Results that make some kind of sense.

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