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  1. ignore previous, I found that answer. Multithread applies to download and automatic. should I assume you continue to open connections until you hit the max speed attainable ?
  2. Does multithreaded apply to both Upload and Download tests ?
  3. Hi, While testing Downloads, I'm switching back and forth between Multi-threaded and Single Server modes. The single server tests (non multi-threaded) are consistently a lot worse from a total Mbps perspective. Additionally, the Single Server Test results screen (page<?>), upon completion shows me a Tips analysis chart along with the test result. The multithreaded test results screen/page does not show me a Tips analysis upon completion. I could not locate a way to invoke a Tips analysis on the multithreaded results. I apologize in advance if this is all explained somewhere and I failed to discover it. I might infer that the Tips chart is not shown if the variance is deemed ok (below some level), or that it does not apply to multithreaded tests, or both , or neither. Could you help me out ? Thank you. --John
  4. Wow... look at this test result. I pay for 400 Down and my Avg Down is around 448. I snuck one by their speed throttle mechanism. At least now I know my neighborhood and facility wiring etc. can handle 1 gig. How this happened I don't know, but here is my theory. Based on the last thing I did, which was manipulating my so called router to grab it's Ip address from the host's DHCP but ignore everything else that comes from the Host's DHCP -- my router finally picked up DNS from I proved my so called router was using the new DNS server via the cool tool on this site (DNS lookup or something similar, under Misc --> tools). So, the very first time I ran the test without the extra DHCP baggage - my Down test hit 1 gig+, but their clever infrastructure caught on real fast. At first it over-corrected, then settled down in at the speed I usually get in my test results. So, no, benchmarking is not my hobby. I just want to be well prepared for my inevitable conversation with my dear old ISP.
  5. The modem is an Arris SB6190 I thought I was running multithreaded tests. I will check my settings.
  6. Hi, Here are two multi-path concepts. Are they related? If so, how? My ISP, (*not known for passing useful, accurate, or true information) has advised that a DOCSIS 3.0 modem is required in order to get the promised net speed. That sounds like something that would be in a help-desk cookbook, so I'm going to accept it. However, my question is more along the lines of-- whether a program, say at the Java language/C++ language level can specify channels/lanes (whatever), or if the DOCSIS thing is just network hardware infrastructure. And most relevant, does our TMN multi-threaded architecture depend on DOCSIS? Thanks in advance. --john
  7. I can easily accept that rationale. Thank you. I don't want to get started on what they "deserve." I continue to evangelize the use of TMN Good stuff.
  8. Sir Webmaster, I am using DNS services from Cloudfare ( / So that you know your efforts are not in vain - I chose Cloudfare based on reading "Step 6" a while back. Good Document. 😉
  9. Hi, this is just a small thing .. but since you asked.... After a test, there is comparison data at top. Things like % > than my average, % greater than whole world, etc. One of them is % > than Host. Hmmm. I would have to think about this longer to know what to recommend. For now I will just submit what I am pondering. The average numbers on Host have a lot to do with the subscription. (e.g. I pay for 5Mbps, and so 5Mbps is what I get.) Lots of people are running tests, and we don't know what speed they are paying for in their subscription. I think it may drive assumptions in peoples minds that could give the ISP a bad rap. As in, it may not be true that XYZ ISP can only go 5 Mbps Up, but it is certainly true that the majority of people here running tests have paid for that specific rate. Like I said, its a small thing, but does mean that particular comparison statement might could use an asterisk or something to clarify the fact that the Host results are sensitive to more than just the capability of their infrastructure. It is not an issue for individuals running tests since we already know the specifics of our own subscriptions.
  10. Hi all, just passing along my experience - your mileage may vary. I think its worth submitting since I was able to double both my UP and DOWN test speeds with these small changes. These observations were made with an ASUS AC-3100 Router, from a hardwired 8p 24 gig (mem) server with a 1 gig Ethernet card. Firewall off I understand this is religious, but I set the devices to protect themselves as best I can. After all, I had no firewall rules in place anyway. So the firewall was just kind of a big piece of code in the router that had to do work on the packets - slowing the router down significantly. IMO that protection can be done elsewhere for much less expense in speed. Again, broad stroke firewall (even with no rules set) does protect against certain attacks - so turning it of is a choice I gamble on since I'm not the department of defense and nobody is trying to prove anything by screwing me over. AND, my server firewall does the same stuff regarding DoS attacks and what not. ( all these fear factors we live with ) NAT Acceleration (cut through) on NAT is a confusing thing to investigate. Devices, L3 switches, routers all have settings. I'm still reading about it. However for today, I can tell you that NAT acceleration ON allows a bunch of stuff to bypass the processor in the router and it makes a HUGE difference in Download speed. Turning it on or off did not make any difference in Upload speed. DNS Settings Talking about DNS settings arrives at a discussion of DHCP settings. That is because DHCP does you the kind favor of loading up the address of it's favorite DNS values when you do not tell it otherwise. This is the setting that allowed me to get from about 5Mbps Upload to 20Mbps Upload instantly. I was initially using the ISPs DNS server, and had my router set to allow DHCP pass through so my devices were becoming contaminated with the ISPs DNS address. This is a tricky topic but it makes a big difference. Consult your manuals carefully. Bottom line, do what is needed to get a good DNS server working for you. --john
  11. Hey CA3LE, I looked up combined average. I actually like that formula. I just wasn't aware of it <anymore>. As you said, hard to say what is most meaningful for ranking. I suppose ranking Up and Down separately has a couple of things going for it. The ISPs sell their product in terms of two speeds, and have pretty much taught the public that Up and Down are different. The combined average, while elegantly capturing the weight of each individual average set, is not pure with respect to network speed. (i.e. includes a weight factor for # of events in each average set, and measures the test operators choices of which test) If some are interested in characterizing the test operator's decisions, they could look at the raw data and find out how many of each were run. Along those lines, I was recently considering how the ISP data limits, or even the Cost of the subscription might be useful -- then regained my senses. Corrupts the central theme of Net Speed. Maybe someday, when you SELL the Pro version, you can make it a comprehensive benchmark :-) It is hugely useful and wonderful just the way it is. So that's my vote FWIW. Separate Ranks. I have not done any screen programming since the Jurassic period, but I imagine you are all over it !!
  12. This screenshot is from "Member Statistics" results page. How is this number computed please?
  13. Using Mozilla, ASUS router. This chart shows incremental changes based on router settings. I'm still a long way from the 50 Mbps I'm paying for, but progress is progress.
  14. Hi, I run tests from a specific 8p Brazillion gigabite hard wired server and have (until now) a clean baseline of results. OK - dummy me decided to run a test from a wifi connected laptop to test the meters on my router. I specifically DID NOT sign in before running the test because I specifically did not want this result anywhere but on the screen - and possibly over in the host section. But certainly not in my results. Well, it seems it did find its way into my results. The ever clever TMN might have correlated the ip address since my LAN hides behind a single ISP chosen ip addr ? If not that, then what ? So - I need two things: 1) can I delete a test entry ? 2) how do I isolate different sets of test data for different devices ? I'm sure that is all explained in the app, so I apologize in advance for asking without deep research but I got a bunch of other stuff to do. Please help. Thank you , --John
  15. Hi. It seems you have already gotten great advice on troubleshooting network gadgets and wiring etc. I'm not able to improve on that. Rather, I am responding to the "run around." I agree. But, you to let the tech come out. They operate from a cookbook so if you don't let the tech come out, any assistance you might have gotten will stop right there. The Run Around (aka the customer beat down) In my experience, the degradation of common decency and disappearance of customer service (in the historic sense) is notably more evident in the ISP industry than in any other. I have been appalled, irate, offended, and above all extremely frustrated by ISP support. In today's game, all industries seek to advance the state of their automated support. In my opinion, service organizations begrudgingly hang on to "real person" support. An entire industry has popped up packaging and selling Artificial Intelligence products to the service industry, promising them that their gadgets can eventually replace people all together. This is what the starry eyed executives spend their time thinking about. Call center managers address their rate-of-complaints in two ways. First, they convince their executives that they face a no-win scenario because the customers are so non-technical. The customers are also emotional in their presentation of the problems. Having convinced the executives of this provides the call center with a blanket of protection. Call center workers know this, and know they are allowed to be demonstrably irritated, curt, rude, and even hang up on you without penalty. The second way Call Center managers address complaints against them is to simply remove the means for a customer to file a complaint other than to complain to the call center themselves.
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