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Ok, my internet speeds have been a bit wacky as of late and I just saw the news about Comcast being hacked, likely in retaliation to their throttling customer's connections. So I went to go old speedtest and tried it several times and got between 15-25Mbps down and 1-1.5Mbps up. But then I decided to try a different site, myspeed that also has graphical analysis of the datastream and quality analysis. After several tests there I average around 900kbps down and 1.5Mbps up. The analysis shows a lot of TCP pauses with some being way long (200-350ms) and a quality of 25-40%.

Now here is what I am thinking...speedtest has been around for some time now, right? Do you think the major providers (Comcast in this case) can recognize when a line speed test is being ran and alters the throughput to make them look better but when we use a smaller, less popular testing site they don't catch it so the numbers come out much more realistic? I mean, why else would I get such drastically different numbers? (though it is interesting that both uploads are the same)

Edit: FYI...I am using servers on both sites in Chicago. I also decided to try to run the tests simultaneously and again, the upload speeds were identical and the DL speeds were way different, speedtest being way high versus myspeed.
Edited by Bindusar - 5/29/08 at 5:20pm
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post #2 of 15
Nah. It's more likely that speedtest just has more servers spread throughout the world (which it does), and the server it recommended has very good connectivity with Comcast.
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speedtest.com is the most accurate. I've been having problems with my comcast lately, so I have to unplug the modem and plug it in to get back to top speeds, but then it drops again down to like 1mbps. I'm having a technician come out on sunday.
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Strangely enough they actually called me today (didn't pick up)...no reason for them to do so unless it was a sales call, though there has been no emails from them either. It's also wouldn't be bill related because I have it on autopay.

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Comcast got hacked?

Offtopic sry
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Comcast got hacked?

Offtopic sry
Yup, in the news section...
Comcast hacked
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindusar View Post
Yup, in the news section...
Comcast hacked
How did I miss that!

k back on topic
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post #8 of 15
might try testmy.net too if you want. I find that their tests are always very accurate.
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Mine are accurate

That fits with what I pay for to Cox, my ISP. Seems reliable.
    
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Speedtest has been accurate for me for the past few months.



4/21



5/29


Pretty good so far
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