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Re: Speed Test Results
From: Sean Harlow <sean () seanharlow info>
Date: Sun, 25 Dec 2011 22:06:56 -0500

Basically it's a CYA statement on the part of Ookla/speedtest.net, since their test sites are of varying quality.  The 
Radnor, OH test site sometimes can't even properly test a 10mbit SOHO broadband connection, where the Toledo site is 
consistently able to flood every available bit of capacity on my 50/5 home connection.

It's just another tool that needs to be used intelligently.  If I'm testing out a new ISP or a new speed level I've 
never had before, I wouldn't immediately complain if I didn't get the expected result on a public speed test site as it 
may be something outside of my ISP's control.  On the other hand if things start dragging on my home connection or 
anywhere else that I know I can expect a certain result speedtest.net is usually my first stop.
Sean Harlow
sean () seanharlow info

On Dec 25, 2011, at 9:43 PM, Grant Ridder wrote:

Even though the faq's say they are only good for residential usage, i have
had no problems with it at school.  My college has 2x 100 Mb circuits from
TW.  When i run speed tests (I use speedtest.net) with the campus empty, i
can get around 95Mb up.  The bottleneck is the school's 100Mb switches.
When the campus is filled (during the week) i can normally get close to 40
Mb down on a test.


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