Pgoodwin1 reacted to CA3LE in After upgrade from 330 to 500, testmy.net results way slower
You may be seeing the same thing I experienced when I tried to upgrade a while back. I'll have to do some digging to find the topic.
What ended up happened in my case... I reverted back to my old package. Although the new package was faster on the top end it had such a slow ramp up after the upgrade that I favored my old package.
The new package required a new modem (16 channel). As with many previous cable internet speed upgrades over the years I was excited to upgrade, newer modem usually means great things. But that's just not at all what I observed with TestMy.net. Other tests, especially speedtest.net, will show higher results. They don't work like TestMy.net... they combine threads to achieve the highest possible speed. Good to know but it only shows part of the performance picture. For a multithread comparison within TMN you should try TestMy.net's multithread speed test - make sure you disable the option when you're done to test as you normally do.
My conclusion was that the newest, "fastest" packages from Comcast we're not what I was expecting. Again, fast top end but really slow starting out. It's like having a Lamborghini that can only drive in 4th-6th gear... eventually it will win a LONG race but for most stuff it just didn't stack up to the slower package with less threads. The "slower" package jumps off the line like a Tesla. Instantly up to speed with little ramp up at all. By the time the 16 channel modem would ramp up my "slower" modem/package was already done with the race ...and the next one.
Sometimes higher package speed doesn't equate to higher results on a single computer. It might just equate to more computers and devices that can be aggressively pulling resources without affecting each others speed as much. Personally, I favor my off the line performance more than the top end or being able to serve more devices. Especially with how bad it was in this case. I switched back and my results instantly fell back into line with the performance curve I expect. By the way, I'm still easily able to serve over 20 devices on my connection.
That was the first time a cable upgrade disappointed me and needed to be switched back to previous settings. Hey... at least I saved money because I no longer needed a new modem and the "slower" package is cheaper. TestMy.net saved me money by showing me that I actually performed better on a cheaper package.
Pgoodwin1 reacted to silverlocke in Post your speed and how much you pay monthly
i live in a rural area and not much choice as to isp and i upload a lot of photos and videos, so i bit the bullet and paid for the top tier plan from a local phone cooperative which, when i joined about 4 years ago was about $170 for 30mb/s down and 8mb/s upload. they gradually improved this over the years without charging more and the uptime is astoundingly great at what has to be 99.9x percent. but a few months back i got a bill for only $110 and i thought they had degraded my service and i checked and it was about 70mb/s down and an amazing 30mb/s upload! and your test show even better. bb /s~
Pgoodwin1 reacted to Moonwolf222 in Proof of Network Throttling
So, after thinking about my slow download speed that only occurred during specific times, I got to thinking. What was the common denominator? Street lights! I contacted my electric company and asked if they could disable the closet street lights to my location. Friday night, I checked my speed, but it still dropped shortly after 7pm. The next week, I had both the phone linesman and one of the electric company linesman come to my house just after my speed dropping again. The had me hook up my modem directly to a generator, and run my laptop by battery. Still no change. Then the electric company guy cut power to the area where I live. Still no change. Before they left, they discussed the option of a planned blackout further away from my house sometime that week, after getting permission from the town. Soon after they departed, I went and checked my download speed again. Lo and behold, it was back! The phone man called from his office shortly after, and I asked if he was seeing what I was. He stated that after leaving, he and the electric company guy got to a street light that wasn't operating except for a very faint glow. It was unhooked from the town power, and I got my internet back! So, if any of you have an issue like this, tell your phone company/electric company to start disconnecting street lights!
Pgoodwin1 got a reaction from eastav in The "My Results" graphs are misleading, they need to be fixed
Useless is a little strong. The results plots are very useful as is. You can select it and get dates and times. The fact that the x axis doesn't use fixed intervals isn't a big negative. It's a record, for as many days as you choose. I'm rarely interested in what happens every x minutes. Certainly an option to scale the x-axis to some user defined interval might be helpful. You do have the option to select individual TIP plots where the x-axis is scaled.
Pgoodwin1 reacted to Gympie QLD in Hello from Oz
Greetings from QLD Australia. I've just read through some of the FAQ's in your forum, and am impressed by your responses to the usual questions regarding different speed test results from different testing sites. Very informative. I have been using mostly ozspeedtest.com. I have just upgraded from a 25Mbps plan to a 50, and have been enthusiastically testing my new speeds (FTTN, some copper in my street). For your information, the ozspeedtest and Testmy.net results correlate very closely in multiple tests . . . they also confirm what my ISP (Telstra) said I could expect (about 46 Mbps). After reading through your forum, I have decided to use Testmy.net as my go to speed test from now on, with an occasional reference to the other site for comparison. Thank you for providing this valuable, independent service.
Pgoodwin1 reacted to CA3LE in How to download results for past 2 months?
You can export to CSV by visiting My Results then click "Export" below your graph. Whatever search options you have selected will be used in the export.
Open CSV in a text editor or spreadsheet program. In spreadsheet you can convert the data to your own charts and manipulate the data in a number of useful ways that TestMy.net's website interface isn't able to do, yet.
Pgoodwin1 reacted to kingandsona in Is There A Problem With The GB Server?
Tested a week ago, I was getting >90mb. In the last few days, I was getting between 5 & 25mb. I have been testing with a cabled connection & wireless switched off.
Tried some other speedtests tonight, and the were indicating c. 90mb.
So I switched my server to the DE server and tried again - and got 90mb!
So it appears to me that there is an issue with the GB server. Either that or my host (VirginMedia) doesn't like it....
Anyone else encounter this problem?
Actually it appears that at one stage I had changed to "Global multithread" and that was where my results became inconsistent. reset to London now, and it is better - though still slower than my Dusseldorf tests. (I'm In Belfast, Northern Ireland).
Pgoodwin1 reacted to CA3LE in Continuous testing
I don't think you should test that often on a regular basis, it's a waste of bandwidth. Personally I would only run an automatic test every 15 minutes for only a limited amount of time. If you need to do it over a longer period of time you should only test a few key times a day. Getting your speed 4 times a day over a long period of time should be sufficient in proving your point to your ISP. If you see a pattern where it's often lower at a specific time... that's when you want to run a more frequent test cycle, during that time period. To have it just always run, it's going to intermittently degrade your performance.
Pgoodwin1 reacted to CA3LE in Kilobytes and Kilobits Abbreviation Conventions
I'm using the correct conversions, please see https://testmy.net/understand-bandwidth.
In your details you can see next to the result in Mbps is also the result in MB/s.
You may not be getting the same results as other tests because TestMy.net is not the other speed tests. Other speed tests draw resources in multiple streams. Although TestMy.net can test that way (enable the multithread speed test and test again as you normally do, keep in mind it remembers the setting next time) it does not work this way by default. As a community we found right away that the multithread testing method that everyone uses often masks issues. You can achieve higher results in multithread even if you have an issue affecting your bandwidth. You should instead be tuning single thread performance, if that performs at it's full potential the multithread results will always fall in line.
Multithread speed test results favor the ISP. They'd rather you had 10 pipes at 10 Mbps than to draw that all down one pipe. In that example you will appear to have 100 Mbps when you aggregate the result into one but in TMN's eyes... you have 10 Mbps. TMN isn't here to make it easy, it's here to help you improve. It will only call it how it sees it.
I've seen it on my own connection and my own mother has seen it on hers. Both times (separate instances) we knew we had an issue at the time so we went out and used a bunch of other speed tests to compare what members had been telling us for years. speedtest.net and others reported 10X higher result when we had modem issues that were physically limiting the single thread performance. If we had only used the other tests we could have thought, "well it must just be the websites I'm visiting." --- The only test that gave indication to the issue was TestMy.net. Modems were swapped and both times and instantly performance returned on TMN results. Re-testing other speed tests had pretty much the same results as before so again, no indication. We had many other factors that were tested outside of speed tests to prove the performance was in line with what TMN was reporting. That was probably over 7 years ago, the same is true now. The methodology here is the same as it has been since TMN's inception in 2001.
Pgoodwin1 reacted to CA3LE in My speed test...help!
You get 25 Mbps with HughesNet right now. Your average of 17.6 is about 70% of what they quote. I don't think it's alarming, especially for satellite.
Satellite has a slow response time, you can see this reflected in that part of your testing here. https://testmy.net/rt/Zanild ... about 800 milliseconds, we'll call it 1 second for the example. Might as well be 1 second at that point anyway.
When your computer says, "Hey TestMy.net!" ... it takes 1 second for TestMy.net to get that response, it then takes 1 second for TestMy.net's response, "Hey Zanild!" to get back to your computer. This is what makes a 25 Mbps satellite connection lame compared to a 25 Mbps cable internet or dsl connection. The latency of the ground based connections crush satellite internet connections because satellite has to travel all the way into space and make a much longer round trip.
I would love to order up some HughesNet for testing but they want to lock in a 2 year contract. I just want to get it and test with it so I can better help their customers so I don't want to commit to a contract. HughesNet, send me a dish without a commitment!
2 year price lock, sorry HughesNet... that's a joke. You better lock the price in when you put someone under a contract.
I was curious what the speeds are after the data cap is hit. Been told before but I had forgotten. Did a quick google search and found
So it looks like you'll see a max of 1 Mbps if/when you hit your data cap. At least they don't just start charging you. And side note, the TestMy.net score was the correct one, even the author of that post hinted that he felt that way by saying "we are actually at a whopping..." ... basically saying "in reality"
Pgoodwin1 reacted to mudmanc4 in Virgin media
Over the years reading posts, we could find more statements such as yours than not. Tech comes out, everything is awesome, tech leaves, soon thereafter, connection stinks on ice.
Aside that, tech was likely testing on the ISP level network, never touching the 'internet' , or anything outside of their control.
Also, check out the mirrors testmy.net uses, find one closer to you and run some testing
Pgoodwin1 reacted to CA3LE in Two different test results? B/S going on?
When I look at your results I see that when you're signed in you have selected the United Kingdom locale. This sticks to your sign in, it also remembers this setting when you're not signed in. And these settings are separate. The way the program sees it, when you're not sign in your ID is you "COMP_ID" this is a mathematical computation on your IP address. If you share that IP address, you'll share the comp ID. When you sign in this switches over to using your username as the primary key. You're still stored by comp_id but primarily stored by username.
In future versions I may make it share the settings or import the settings. For now, keep in mind that your sign in has separate settings. Once you sign in your settings change to the settings you had set last time you signed in.
See the UK flag next to the faster result. Your results will vary based on the selected mirror.
Pgoodwin1 reacted to mudmanc4 in Poor Uploading Speed
@Avneez , !dea is a large cellular provider in India, over 38 million subscribers. I would check upload speeds at different times of the day, as the network might be very congested when you are trying to upload something.
Work to find the best times the content can be transferred.
Pgoodwin1 reacted to Zulublue in Post your speed and how much you pay monthly
£29.99pm :::.. Internet Speed Test Result Details ..:::
Download Connection Speed:: 74373 kbps or 74.4 Mbps
Download Speed Test Size:: 60.6 MB or 62080 kB or 63569920 bytes
Download Binary File Transfer Speed:: 9297 kB/s or 9.3 MB/s
Upload Connection Speed:: 16866 kbps or 16.9 Mbps
Upload Speed Test Size:: 11.6 MB or 11840 kB or 12124160 bytes
Upload Binary File Transfer Speed:: 2108 kB/s or 2.1 MB/s
Timed:: Download: 6.838 seconds | Upload: 5.751 seconds
Tested At:: https://TestMy.net
Test Time:: 2018-01-04 04:10:43 Local Time
Target:: London, GB https://testmy.net/multithread
TiP Measurement Summary (Download):: Min 68.96 Mbps | Middle Avg 74.16 Mbps | Max 80.52 Mbps | 15% Variance
TiP Data Points:: 76.9 Mbps, 74.18 Mbps, 74.54 Mbps, 73.58 Mbps, 74.3 Mbps, 68.96 Mbps, 73.82 Mbps, 80.52 Mbps, 74.3 Mbps, 73.7 Mbps, 74.06 Mbps, 74.66 Mbps, 73.58 Mbps, 74.18 Mbps, 74.66 Mbps, 73.94 Mbps, 73.7 Mbps, 74.06 Mbps, 74.66 Mbps
Client Stats:: https://testmy.net/quickstats/Zulublue https://testmy.net/compID/23222654895526
User Agent:: Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; CPU OS 11_2_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/604.4.7 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/11.0 Mobile/15C153 Safari/604.1 [!]
Pgoodwin1 reacted to netmammal in The Majestic Yosemite Hotel...beats Cuba!
It is ironic that you can only get 1990's era speeds at a luxury $400/night hotel, that is a short days drive from silicon valley.
The only place I've had worse internet recently was in Cuba. (The food is just as overpriced and substandard as well BTW)
Pgoodwin1 reacted to LionBill in Post your speed and how much you pay monthly
Wow! Those are the almost exact speeds I was getting with AT&T here in Florida paying $46 a month. Pretty slow & pretty expensive. I switched to Comcast & now pay $49 a month and have been getting 66.9/5.6 consistently with spikes of 75(depending on time of day). Hopefully the merger you speak of will make a big difference. Good Luck!
Pgoodwin1 reacted to Sean in cleaning a pc with air compressor
As ridiculous as it sounds, most computer components such as the motherboard, PSU and certain expansion cards can survive a full dishwasher cycle. Obviously that's not how I recommend cleaning a PC.
The following 8-year old video is an example. The internals were covered in cigarette smoke residue, so he decided to dismantle the components and put them through the dish washer, with the exception of the case, battery and the hard disk.
I also enjoy watching videos on old hardware such as restoration videos. I have come ones where such hobbyists put components through a dishwasher cycle to clean extensive debris build-up from being left for 10+ years in storage such as a dusty shed.
As long as no moisture remains when the PC is powered up, it should be fine. I generally clean my PC with an air duster, which is basically an aerosol can filled with propellant gas. Here in Ireland, humidity is usually on the high side, e.g. I run a dehumidifier to keep the indoor level below 60%.
The only component I may wash is the keyboard. I have a Corsair Cherry Red Mechanical keyboard that I accidentally knocked a glass of cider on. I immediately unplugged it, tried wiping off what I could and let it dry. Once dry, many of the letters were sticking. When I started removing the keys to try cleaning below, I realised the mechanical switches were jamming.
With what appeared to be a ruined keyboard that I only purchased a few months before the incident, I figured I'll try giving it a bath as we don't have a dishwasher. I partially filled a wide container with water from our dehumidifier (since it's effectively distilled), soaked the keyboard and pushed each key multiples times to force water through the switches. I left it to dry for about a week. It's fully functional again, all keys work and no sticking or other issue since.