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Hello OCN! I have been looking at my speedtest.net results and am wondering whether they are normal. My download speeds are often very inconsistent and although they peak high, they take quite some time to get there. I am wondering whether this is normal. The speed dial is also on 0 for quite some time and this makes me wonder as it shouldn't take very long to connect as it is a nearby server. Here are the pictures:


Above there is the speed which is fairly high for my area. Then when I hover over, I get the graph. As you see, my high speeds tend to come in spikes for some odd reason. That is what I am trying to fix and am wondering whether it is normal.

It takes about 2.5 seconds to connect to an (unchached?) web page from the tests that I have done. Is this normal?

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My graph doesn't look anything like that but I would download something if you want to get a realistic display of what your connection is like. Steam is usually a good place to try this out as it will give you large files and offers data on peak speeds, current speeds etc.



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Here's what my graph looks like
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My graph doesn't look anything like that but I would download something if you want to get a realistic display of what your connection is like. Steam is usually a good place to try this out as it will give you large files and offers data on peak speeds, current speeds etc.
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Here's what my graph looks like
Thanks, but steam waves between 2.2MB/s and 1.2MB/S and by looking at your result, I think there is something wrong with my internet connection... I've tried different servers for speedtest and the graph was still inconsistent. I probably should've also mentioned that I use a ethernet cable to connect to my modem so its not a wireless problem.

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Your ping is very low too so I agree, it does look a bit strange. Do you have any friends in the area who are with the same company that you may be able to compare connections? Not necessarily speed but consistency.
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Try going to www.testmy.net/download to test your download with something other than speedtest. Speedtest is great for a quick ballpark, but testmy.net allows you to select the size you want to test. They let you go up to 200MB so they don't have to deal with false readings from things like increased download the first X seconds that some internet companies use. It will also give you a graph comparing you to other people using your IP to give you an idea if your speeds are normal or not.
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Thank you for the information. Here's my result. The speed is still very inconsistent. :|


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Ya on DSL or Cable?
I know Cable they do have Speedboost where it allows you to spike if there is available capacity for the first 50mb or so.
As for the ping times it's not a bad sign it just means the network you have is good smile.gif.

Also there is the possibility of congestion in the area more so on Cable since it is a shared medium while DSL isn't as susceptible to this.

My speedtest is roughly the same as yours. (on Cable now.)
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For the most accurate speed tests I use:
http://speedtest.ibbsonline.com/

Give it a shot it's flash based
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Originally Posted by lostsurfer View Post

For the most accurate speed tests I use:
http://speedtest.ibbsonline.com/

Give it a shot it's flash based
I can see now that it isn't to do with any inaccuracy. I don't need any more speedtests, I need a solution. wink.gif
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Originally Posted by linkinparkfan007 View Post

Ya on DSL or Cable?
I know Cable they do have Speedboost where it allows you to spike if there is available capacity for the first 50mb or so.
As for the ping times it's not a bad sign it just means the network you have is good smile.gif.

Also there is the possibility of congestion in the area more so on Cable since it is a shared medium while DSL isn't as susceptible to this.

My speedtest is roughly the same as yours. (on Cable now.)
Ok, thank you for the information. I'm on cable. See, although yours drops, mine just has occasional spikes to the speed I should be getting. confused.gif
   
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Could also be congestion in the area from the ISP?
Are everybody else in the area getting the same speeds?
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