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  1. Actually, every time I go to give that a try it asks for my address and I say "screw it". I assume it works well if you get speeds in the same ballpark as you do here.

    I'm glad to hear that you've found my tools useful. Keep visiting. ;)


    Agree putting in a physical address is a major obstacle to using this site -- as is the inability to see historical info. However I find it interesting that the FCC seems to be sponsoring this site. One might infer that some consideration is being given to regulations governing, e.g., how the advertised "speed" is represented in advertising materials. It is likely common practice that consumers do not get the quality of service they view as "promised". That seems to be one of the premises of your site -- and an excellent way to find out. But it would be nice to have more accurate representations from ISPs before getting signed up, perhaps with contractual commitments.


  2. After doing a bit of arm wrestling with our own ISP, and insisting they pay attention to my stats at testmy.net (which have been exceedingly helpful), they countered with what appears to be a beta version of a government sponsored speed test. In fact, the results I'm seeing tend to be more or less in the same ballpark with testmy.net, although it has none of the extended capabilities. Just wondering if anyone has an opinion about the quality of this option.


  3. Hi all,

    We're extended time RVers, and publish the non-commercial RV information resource www.rversonline.org Since the mid-90s we've been encouraging RV parks to offer internet solutions for traveling RVers; and helping RVers adopt to ever-newer available technologies. "Speed" has become increasingly important in the discussion. And a reliable method for testing esp download speeds has become increasingly important. Cell connections have become a very viable option for the RVing public, with USB devices that can not only plug into laptops, but even better into routers such as CradlePoint. The cutting edge at the moment is WiFi Ranger, which can capture any available WiFi signal OR use the cell option if there are no WiFi signals available.

    Here's a feature that would be very helpful from our perspective: When we test a VZ USB modem, we're interested in knowing the speed when (i) it's directly connected to the laptop; (ii) when it's connected to a CradlePoint router; and (iii) when it's connected to a WiFi Ranger router. The results can be quite different. Now here's where the "feature" part comes in. On the "stats" page the test results for all three very different scenarios all look alike -- there is no way to add a "notation" such as "CradlePoint", or "WiFi Ranger" or "via laptop" so that we could compile a set of stats over a longer period of time. That would be very helpful from our perspective, and something we'd recommend that our readers (some 2,500 unique RVer visitors daily) might want to consider.

    Whatever, we're pleased to have this opportunity to exchange ideas withe folks and TestMyNet and their users.

    With best regards,

    Tom (aka "rversonline")

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