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  1. The first two tests (Ookla and nPerf) run their tests multi-threaded by default, i.e. they typically make around 8 simultaneous connections to the test server to try to saturate the connection. Ookla has a lot of test servers within the ISP networks, so there is a good chance your test traffic is not leaving their network unless you manually choose another server. To get a multithread test here on TestMy, click the "Multithread off" at the top-right to turn it on. Note that multithreaded tests don't realistically show what you would get streaming or downloading, which generally
  2. That's great having it up and running, hopefully the speed is holding up through the evening. 😎 I'm not sure what prevented the iPhone from connecting, unless there was a spelling error in the Wi-Fi password. For the GB remaining, you may need to set this up in the NetGear Mobile App: Go into the Netgear Mobile App, then touch "Data Usage" Change the "Data Limit Unit" to "GB" To the right of "Data Limit", touch the pen icon, enter 100 and touch 'Go'. Change the "Monthly cycle starts (day)" to the day of the month that you activated the plan. Touch th
  3. You can turn on/off the Nighthawk unit whenever you want. Just push the power button for a few seconds and it will turn itself off and the same to turn it back on. It will retain its usage figures. It also has a battery, so if you have an RV or go camping, you can take it with for Internet access assuming the destination has T-Mobile data coverage. It also works during power cuts, which I've used mine during several times. Check with T-Mobile if the Magenta plan will work in an Aircard or Hotspot as I think that plan is for a mobile phone. I didn't see any mention of it on the
  4. The best way is to change the identifier on the test page, such as to "Location 01". Each test you perform will then be marked with this chosen identifier: On the test results page, change the Identifier field to the identifier you picked to only show tests carried out with this identifier, such as "Location 01" in this example: This will hide all your previous results apart from those marked with this identifier. If you wish to later see your old results again, you can change the dropdown back to "All Identifiers". This is useful if you use TestMy ac
  5. Same here from a quick test with Opera. Seems like their VPN server is heavily overloaded. Test with Colorado Springs server - Opera free VPN off vs on: Retest with a paid VPN subscription (HideMe, UK server) vs with the free Opera VPN, this time with TestMy London server: During the second test, TestMy was intermittently showing 'Offline' and took several attempts to complete the upload test.
  6. As I mentioned above, it has a 100GB cap and then it's throttled to 128kbps for the remainder of the month. 128kbps is barely usable for anything more than e-mail and browsing, so you definitely don't want to go over the 100GB allowance. It's worth asking T-Mobile if you can purchase another 100GB if you reach the limit before the month is out. Otherwise if you find yourself regularly running into the 100GB limit, you could get a second prepay SIM, then when you reach the 100GB limit, swap the SIM cards and purchase a 100GB plan on the other SIM. I have a neighbour that asked fo
  7. That's a pity they don't do an unlimited plan in your area, but then again that's still 5 times more than your Huges allowance. From checking T-Mobile's 100GB prepaid plan on their website (not sure if it's the same the store offered), it allows video streaming at 480p (DVD quality), which should still be a lot better than your experience on Hughes. If you go over the 100GB allowance, they throttle the connection to 128Kbps: The Nighthawk M1 needs to mention it is unlocked for it to work. The AT&T model will only work with the AT&T model, much like an AT&a
  8. Going by CellMapper's documentation, the green dots are actual cell tower locations that were manually added to the database. The red dots are estimated cell tower locations, so are not accurate locations. That's great being near a T-Mobile tower as that Nighthawk is reported to work best with T-Mobile and AT&T. The Nighthawk M1 supports LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 14, 29, 30 and 66. Most of your nearby Verizon towers uses band 13, which this router does not support. I wouldn't worry about T-Mobile band 71 as it's a low bandwidth 5G band, so may not be as fast as the 4
  9. From looking through the the TestMy database, for periods of around 6pm to 11pm (GMT -6), Viasat's test results appear better with far fewer test results under 500Kbps. Hughes has many test results dipping to under 100Kbps. My first suggestion would be to check if there is any LTE cellular coverage outside and try a few speed tests in the evening. If you get even a few Mbps, you can try getting an LTE router and a directional antenna to mount outside for the signal (unless you get indoor coverage). There's plenty of YouTube videos showing how these work, such as the following ex
  10. Unfortunately, a Wi-Fi repeater will not offer any improvement. A Wi-Fi repeater would only help improve coverage to an area with weak or no Wi-Fi coverage. It certainly does not improve speed to an area with good Wi-Fi coverage despite what the ads promote. In fact, they actually cut the Wi-Fi bandwidth in half by repeating every piece of data between the Wi-Fi router and the Wi-Fi connected device. As you are able to get up to 25Mbps offpeak, this also confirms that your Wi-Fi connection is not at fault, but instead with your Internet provider limiting the speed during normal
  11. This might be due to your username having an apostrophe, which can break the site's ability to lookup your results. While logged in, run a download speed test. When the test completes, go into the "Details & Share" tab. In the test result image on the right, take a note of what appears next to "User:", such as the example below: In the address bar, type in https://testmy.net/quickstats/ followed by what appears next to "User:" This is case sensitive. If this gives that same error page, copy & paste the Result URL below the image into
  12. Sorry, I can't think of any better way to explain what I mentioned. As the hard disk is constantly seeking due to the way BitTorrent clients request pieces of data at random, the maximum hard disk speed throughput will be much lower than the 228.56MB sequential reading. The only other suggestion I have is to try moving just one or two of the most popular torrents to the SSD that fit.
  13. When you are downloading, Windows will cache the data waiting to be written to disk, so it can download at full speed even while the disk is busy reading. The hard disk will also prioritise data waiting to be written to minimise data loss in the event of a power failure. Unfortunately the Resource Monitor Disk I/O graph is only relative to the maximum throughput it encountered. In this instance, the maximum throughput it recently encountered is 100MB/s, so it will show the graph relative to the 100MB/s even if the disk is only able to read much slower with the amount of seeking i
  14. I suspect the hard disk is the bottleneck. Most BitTorrent clients fetch random parts of a file from seeders and peers, whereas FTP and HTTP clients generally fetch files sequentially from start to finish. This means that with just a handful of BitTorrent peers, the hard disk will be constantly seeking for the random pieces the peer clients request. 31MBs (250Mbps) seems very good for a high end hard disk. Most consumer hard disks will struggle to even deliver 10MB/s randomly seeking non-stop, e.g. try copying a 5GB file from a hard disk while running a virus scan on it at the
  15. I'm surprised there is such a difference between running the speed test in a browser and stand alone. It seems to suggest there is something else on the PC affecting the speed, such as your antivirus software. Some antivirus products automatically install browser plug-ins, so this can also have an impact. When you get a chance, try uninstalling your antivirus software temporarily and run some tests. This will at least rule out whether the Antivirus software is the culprit. I've seen significant drop-offs in speed with both Kaspersky and McAfee, particularly on older PCs.
  16. After watching various videos on SpaceX's Starlink Internet service and beta tests, I came across an interesting customer video unboxing and testing their Starlink dish setup, i.e. SpaceX's Public "Better Than Nothing" beta for Starlink. The customer runs a few speed tests on both Fast and TestMy.net and shows their speed test history. Although they had Multithread enabled, their test results page shows the linear download tests further down, which are just as impressive hitting the 80s. It'll be interesting to see how well Starlink holds up with contention as
  17. From what I can see, the issue does not appear to be with your router and line to the ISP. Going by your PingPlotter graph, the packet loss does not start until the 10th hop. This clearly indicates a peering issue at their end as the last IP address before drops packets is an internal IP address, i.e. 172.16.x.x is a private address range and the next IP address showing the massive packet loss is on the public Internet. When you try Speedtest.net, try some other servers in a few different states to see if it still maxes out your connection. It is very likely that it and many ot
  18. That's a good find as I was unaware of Chrome having this feature. From checking here, Chrome does not have this enabled by default, so will download over a single thread until the hidden setting is enabled. I checked a few sites and it appears that only some allow multiple connections. For example, with the setting enabled, the Leaseweb test files still only download over a single connection: With the GIMP software download, Chrome ran it over three connections:
  19. From checking the CenturyLink speed test page, they are using the speedtestcustom domain in an iframe, which is hosted by Ookla. The Ookla website and its custom embedded offerings are all multithread tests: As a second example you can show, you can download a test file from a hosting provider. Most hosting providers offer test files, such as the following example: https://mirror.leaseweb.com/speedtest/
  20. That's correct - A single streaming TV is the equivalent of one thread (one TCP connection). Two streaming devices would be two threads (two TCP connections). Your off-peak performance should be very close to your subscribed speed with a single thread, ideally with a flat throughput from start to finish, like the following example: Before complaining to your ISP, you will need to connect only the computer you are testing with to the router, e.g. turn off its Wi-Fi or disconnect all devices from it an disconnect any other Ethernet connection. Connect your computer with a
  21. That is quite likely the case. With wireless networks, the tower you connect to is shared with many customers. The tower itself is very likely microwave fed off another highsite tower that also feeds towers in other regions. The means that main tower is potentially serving several hundred or thousand customers. Let's say it has a Gigabit link and there are currently 1000 simultaneous downloads/streams across all its subscribers, this gives an average of 1Mbps per individual download. If you start a multithread download and it makes 10 parallel connections, then technically eac
  22. The default test is a linear test. Basically it downloads a known block size from the chosen server and calculates the speed based on the time it took. This is just like using a stopwatch to time how long it takes to download a file and using a calculator to calculate the throughput. E.g. if a 10MB file takes 20 seconds, then 10 / 20 * 8 = 4Mbps. TestMy will also return 4Mbps if the 10MB block took 20 seconds to complete. A real world analogy would be like drawing water from a tap with a hose. Based on how long it takes to fill a bucket, you can work out the flow rate. E.g.
  23. There are two options: Option 1 - Mesh Wi-Fi kit (simple to set up, but requires connecting one unit to their router) If the Grocery store is OK with connecting a unit to their router, get a 2 piece Mesh Wi-Fi kit (e.g. Tenda Nova MW6-2) and connect the main Mesh Wi-Fi box to a LAN port of their router. Follow the steps in the Mesh Wi-Fi kit user guide to configure it. Then plug in the second unit in your flat. You should now have a good strong Wi-Fi signal throughout your flat. Option 2 - Get a WISP router and a mesh Wi-Fi router (Nothing needs to be connected
  24. It appears that Invision (the software that runs this forum) has moved this into the hover window. If you hover your mouse over an avatar, it will show a green circle if the user is online and what thread they're viewing: Some forum software such as Discourse has removed this feature altogether. For example, any forum running that runs on Discourse doesn't have a Who's Online list either, at least not without a plug-in.
  25. Welcome aboard Try running the Firefox portable version to see if there is any difference. This will help determine whether the issue is with your main Firefox installation as Firefox portable runs completely independent of it. https://portableapps.com/apps/internet/firefox_portable Try also running TestMy with Multithread on. Ookla's speed test runs all tests in multithread mode, unless you select single connection mode.
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