Skip to comments.How Do I Monitor Internet Connection Speed?
Posted on 03/24/2002 7:38:37 AM PST by lafroste
My wife and I have come to suspect that our cable modem (high bandwidth) internet connection is not nearly as fast as our ISP (Road Runner) has claimed. We are looking for software that can monitor and report data transfer speed. My wife said she had heard of such a software but can't remember its name or where to get it. Anyone know about this? Thanks,
This is why it's important to use something like www.dslreports.com since they have several hi-speed nodes to test from.
Remember your actual speed is only as fast as the slowest speed between you and the website.
So, as you can see, trying to get accurate results from an online test is almost impossible. With BBMonitor you can eliminate all these problems and you can test 24 hours a day allowing you to test for intermittent down times or connection slowing.
To test your internet connection accurately with BBMonitor all you have to do is start downloading the largest files that you can find (in excess of 100MB) from as many different download servers as you can find. You can also start many different Streaming Video and or Streaming Radio, which are constant streams of data. The object is to continually download as much as your connection will handle for as long as you prefer to max out your bandwidth from many different servers, therefore proving irrefutably your maximum Internet speed.
BBMonitor also stores all your speed data into a database on your computer, so you can show this data to your ISP to get them to fix your connection with your irrefutable evidence. You can even use the data to create charts and graphs.
It has worked wonders for me. Excellent program. I highly reccomend it!
I found this page during a search and figured that the information that I found would help other people also.
One thing you need to remember about cable modem: It is shared media bandwidth.
That means that everyone who is attached to the provisioning node of your particular neighborhood shares the entire capability of cable bandwidth.
In simpler terms, if the Provisioning node is rated at 100MBPS, and 10 people are connected to this node, they will effectively each have 10MBPS capability.
The more folks connected at any given time, the lower your bandwidth.
You will likely notice that at 0500hrs, the cablemodem zooms. Then try connecting around 0700/0730hrs and it slows to a crawl. That's because everyone is logging on to check e-mail.
This thread came up right away when I did a Google search for “monitor internet connection speed”. So, here I am, 6 years later, on this thread! Lot’s of good info., but, is any of the above a bit dated (ie., sites to go to, etc.)?
Separately (high up on Google) I tried CNET’s “Bandwidth Meter Online Test” which works even for my current dialup service (budget constraints). Anyone have an idea how accurate the CNET test is? The result seems reasonable: My isp displays the connection speed when I log on - in this case I’ve been on 1 1/2 hrs - showing a speed of 52,000 bps, and CNET reports 39k.
More important, I am looking at a possible work from home job, one requirement of which is that I have at least 256kbps upload speed.
1) How do I test upload speed if I get DSL?
2) We are in a rural area: The ONLY service provider is the local teleco. Their service disclaimer states:
“With all the DSL packages, the advertised speeds are a best effort, not a guarantee. Many environmental issues beyond the control of ABCXYZ Internet can affect the advertised speed.”
I’m going to be in a pickle if I take this job and then the ISP does not deliver... The pay is not that great & no way can we afford some sort of “gamer” speed package (which the teleco says IS available at our address - which makes me think the lines out here must be ok / distance to the gateway not too far??)
Oh, to add: The at home job requires a hard wired connection (phone and Internet). So cable and satellite isp’s are out. There’s no cable service out here anyway.
This is the Gold Standard !
This should be sufficient, unless you are pushing/pulling big files - like Powerpoint stuff and imagery. If you are moving just docs - like word, Excel and .pdf, the above will be more than adequate for your needs.
Thanks for the reply.
Oddly, the local teleco’s plans go like this (pasted from their website):
Dial-up Internet $15.95 Unlimited time w/1 e-mail acct.
DSL Residential Lite $34.90 320kbps download/128kbps upload
DSL Residential $44.90 768kbps download/128kbps upload
DSL Residential Fast* $54.90 1.5Mbps download/512kbps upload
DSL Residential Gamer* $64.90 3.0Mbps download/768kbps upload
DSL Business Lite $54.90 320kbps download/128kbps upload
DSL Business $74.90 768kbps download/256kbps upload
DSL Business II* $94.90 1.5Mbps download/512kbps upload
DSL Business III* $114.90 3.0Mbps download/768kbps upload
Static IP Address $5.00
DSL Modem Lease $4.95
The weird thing is that from “DSL Residential Lite” to “DSL Residential” the upload speed does not increase, and for this job I am looking at, a minimum of 256kbps upload speed is required. So, that’d force me into a $55/mo. (plus taxes) plan, and that is REALLY pushing the budget.
Anyway, my question remains - how to test upload speed?
Best way I know how to do that is to hang a network traffic analysis tool on your home router. How do you plan to connect you home sysytem to your DSL modem? Straight connection via CAT 5 cable or are you going to go DSL modem to wireless router? I would recommend getting a wireless router (Linksys makes excellent ones and are suppored by Cisco and come with some good tools).
I’ll poke around on my wireless router tonight and get back to you on any tools I find regariding traffic speeds.
I suspect I had a brain cramp and completely got occupied with other stuff......... LOL
But in answer to your question, the speedtest tool works ok. but still, you would want an analysis tool. My recommendation here would be for Wireshark. It’s freeware and can be loaded on your PC.
Here’s some info on it:
Oh, well, thanks for the eventual response! I’d forgotten all about it as I started using Speedtest (recommendation from the ISP when they installed the DSP service.) However, Wireshark looks very interesting - thanks for the link!