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jrtcjrjr last won the day on December 15 2014

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  1. Here is an odd case... I am getting pretty much the same speed scores when testing with OOKLA and with testMy.net..... Something has changed. Has the OOKLA methodology been corrected?
  2. I just tried (and tried again). Using the Express Download (~25mb) I get a message, waiting for testmy.net. My Internet is working fine. While the testmy.net waits, I opened another tab and conducted a WOW speed test. After it finished the testmy.net page was still waiting. Any ideas of what I might be doing wrong here?
  3. Sorry it has taken so long to get back to this... In response to: What percentage does it show when it hangs? What's the test size? I honestly don't know the size. The first two passes (very small sizes) fly by so quick I cannot read then. The third hangs with a simple message about preparing... I will try again and see if I can get more information. The hang-up seems to be in the file preparation phase as opposed to the download phase. I didn't mention this earlier, I am having this problem using Chrome and OSX. Using Chrome and Windows 10 I do not have any prob
  4. After my ISP (WOW) upped my throughput I haven't been able to finish a testmy.net download test. Two small downloads complete in the blink of an eye but then on the third, larger download the test hangs. Any suggestions? I used to test frequently but stopped. After WOW bumped (doubled) the speed I thought I would come back to verify. WOW's speed test shows something near the expected result but I've been unable to verify using testmy.net. Thanks John
  5. From the Speedtest.net site: Download Speed Your computer downloads small binary files from the web server to the client, and we measure that download to estimate the connection speed. Based off this result, we choose how much data to download for the real test. Our goal is to pick the right amount of data that you can download in 10 seconds, ensuring we get enough for an accurate result, but not take too long. We prevent caches from throwing off results by appending random strings to each download. Once we start downloading, we use up to four HTTP threads to saturate your connection an
  6. It would be a good idea to connect your PS4 via Ethernet and check the throughput. In my home I can see throughput degradation ranging from 10% - 50% depending on where I make the connection. Sitting next to my cable modem/router I can achieve 90% - 100% of throughput (compared to a wired connection). A wall, a floor, and/or other wireless devices such as telephones can cause serious degradation of the signal - and throughput. You might also want to use a wired connection to baseline test your PC and/or laptop so as to eliminate any PS4 issue. Using the process of elimination it becomes easie
  7. I am watching for degradation in throughput. Right now, my throughput is usually 10-15% above my plan rate when auto testing and 2.5-5% above plan when testing large files - when I have no other devices/people taxing the system... Trying to convince any of the ISP techies that I have a problem (or potential problem) is a mountain not worth climbing, yet.
  8. It might be worth your time to research OOKLA and how they measure throughput. OOKLA (Speedtest uses the OOKLA FLASH based speed test) drops out of the calculation the top and bottom 10% - claiming they represent outliers. Then they drop another 20% off the bottom - assuming those values represent ramp-up. That leaves the 30% to 90% group for the measurement. I find the testmy.net large file size test to provide the most representative evaluation of my service provider. I see the ramp-up, then the surge (that my provider utilizes) and then the leveling off at my paid for throughput rate. Asi
  9. I like to run both the auto-size tests and the large file size tests. Sure the auto-size tests provide a quicker result but there is something to learn from the large file test. My 50/5 plan is typically exceeded by 10-15% increase above expected levels when running the auto-sized tests. That gives me a 'feel-good' while the large file tests show my IP surges throughput for a short duration of 5-7 seconds and then settles into... my plan rate of 50/5. If the household is simply doing a bunch of browsing the surge response gives everyone a sense of great performance - better than expected. If t
  10. You have my thanks. Using testmy.net I have been able to isolate recurring problems with my Internet connection. This was something I could not accomplish using the more common FLASH based Internet speed test tools that are so commonly used. I imagine there may be other small issues but the big problem of inconsistency was identified as a cable splice adding a couple feet of coax cable on the end of the line drop to my house. As I had reported, the splice was left exposed to the environment and when weather conditions were poor (wind and rain), my connections suffered with a 15 - 40% degr
  11. Sorry I haven't been able to post a picture of the cable... I know there is a video camera around here somewhere. Related comment about the cable splice... Our weather has improved, the sun is out, and my D/L speed is back in the ~50-55 Mbps range as compared to wet conditions when it drops to ~25-40 mbps. That is with all the toys and devices connected and with what I might call a normal load. This morning I put the problem cable area under shelter and as we expect some rain tomorrow, I should be able to tell if the problem is a poor fitting. I do see recurring patterns in D/L through
  12. I do have a busy and complex home network. (That is my excuse for running so many tests. I have tried by the process of elimination to identify the home grown problems.) I have also tried using a java based Internet speed test. It was closer in line with testmy.net than the many Flash based tools. I have discovered a uncovered splice in the inbound cable a foot from the house. I have always been aware that Internet speed suffered on rainy days, like today. The test scores today are 15-20% lower than what I received before the rain came. Oddly, the rain seems to have no impact on the OOKLA
  13. Mine is likely a dumb question... Why are Flash Internet tests inaccurate? I do not doubt they are. Right now, several such tests claim my connection down is 80-95 Mbps and testmy.net is showing ~40 Mbps. Judging from video streaming, I believe the 40 Mbps. And so, my question - why are the Flash tests so wildly inaccurate? Given your experience, I suspect you know the answer.
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