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I have posted here before, but over a year ago. Since then I have been on Virgin Media 200Mb and 400Mb trial. That was totally cool with awesome speed. I am now back on my regular 50Mb/5mb connection with Virgin Media. Very soon I am upgrading to 100Mb/10Mb with VM.

Here I am using a local UK server for my speed test.. Testmy.net is too distant to get reliable results from Birmingham, England. Have testmy.net got a UK server yet?



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Not yet. Although I do hope to have a server on every continent in the near future. I believe with my formula that I could accurately test the entire planet with 6 or 7 well placed servers (although, I believe in the future as the internet improves, only one server will be necessary). But the way that I do things setup isn't cheap, so I have to bring them online slowly.

When I do something, I try to do it right the first time. I have allot of research to do about UK internet and how your internet backbones run before I can pick a perfect location for my server there. If you have any information that you'd like to share about good, powerful and hopefully affordable hosts over there I'd love to hear it.


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OK. I have put a few questions in on UK forums. Watch this space.

Meanwhile it might be worth your while checking out a company called NAMESCO which itself runs a server for speedtests of 100Mbps+. I have noticed that they do come to arrangements with more than one company over here, including speedtest.net.

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:shock: a UK member getting 50 mbps, dang you must be Wain Rooney or R . Branson

it sure beats the ass out of the UK average of 4 Mbps on copper ,but sigh , fibre isn't an option for everybody the UK ,

or affordable , both counts for me,


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:shock: a UK member getting 50 mbps, dang you must be Wain Rooney or R . Branson

it sure beats the ass out of the UK average of 4 Mbps on copper ,but sigh , fibre isn't an option for everybody the UK ,

or affordable , both counts for me,


lol@Rooney and Branson. My connection with VM currently costs me just under £30 monthly taking into account bundle discounts etc. (VM do cable TV, landine and mobile too) 100Bb/10Mb would cost £38 approx. Fibre to the Cabinet is rolling out across the UK with Britisish Telecom and VM. VM have plans to run fibre out to rural areas using the telegraph pole network, as is done in S. Korea. You are right about copper over here, but hopefully this will become less important over time.


You might find this link to a UK forum thread useful for your server hunt. You will need to register to contribute and extract more from the expertise to be found there. Cableforum

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CA3LE are you looking for a company that rents out dedicated servers, or are you looking for a place you could colo a server of your own?

because a quick search has brought up a few places that offer 1000Mbps links but i just wanted a little clarification before i look further


so far i've found a couple of options, lol unmetered 1Gbit isn't cheap let me tell you lol

http://www.eukhost.com/ is offering umetered 1Gbps at £2999/month

http://www.seedboxsales.co.uk is offering unmetered 1Gbps at £165/month and they even have 10Gbps starting at £800/month

not really sure how their network is or what datacenter they are in lol bandwidth seems more expensive in the UK than here at least from what i've seen

http://www.webhosting.uk.com/ is only £4000/month for their unmetered 1Gbps oh yeah thats just for the uplink not inlcuding the server hosting costs lol

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I have tried tests using the Euro server. Unfortunately the results are so varied they are not much use to me. I have a 100Mb connection with Virgin Media. The max I get here is 32Mb with many tests much lower than that.


Using speedtest.net based in London using the Namesco server I consistently get 97Mb+


How do others do on the Euro server?

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How do others do on the Euro server?

I'm curious to know too. Remember, to route to Amsterdam you're going to be routed through more providers. So the test here will be a better test of your providers peering.

(testing at speedtest.net on the Amsterdam server)


That test only took like half a second so they're obviously not testing with enough data to be accurate over there.

... the server is more than capable of testing your connection. Symmetric gigabit. I know that you weren't questioning that but I wanted to make sure that was understood. Also, the test system mirrors what I have running in the United States.

You've got some bottleneck in there. I'm curious to see other members scores on that server.

On that Virgin Media connection, how often do you see close to 100Mbps in the real world? What about 60Mbps?

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I invariably get 97Mb+ any time of day. Over the next few months VM are going to increase the maximum download stream to 110Mb to allow for overheads. At the moment is at 103Mb, hence the actual speed of 97Mb. This is to fit in with UK regulations requiring that users can get what the connection is advertised at.

You are no doubt right about the bottle neck. These are results from a variety of NL locations.




If you can let me know the address of the NL server I will do a tracert and post it here. Here's a better result from your server today. jcKrGMx.png

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Well here are the results of a tracert and ping. To my untrained eye this doesn't look too bad. I don't see any obvious bottle necks.

C:\Users\Vince>tracert eu.testmy.net

Tracing route to eu.testmy.net []

over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms REDDWARF []

2 8 ms 6 ms 7 ms

3 8 ms 7 ms 7 ms brhm-core-1a-ae2-939.network.virginmedia.net [21]

4 8 ms 9 ms 7 ms brhm-bb-1a-ae1-0.network.virginmedia.net [213.10


5 16 ms 13 ms 13 ms nrth-bb-1b-ae2-0.network.virginmedia.net [62.253


6 14 ms 13 ms 13 ms nrth-tmr-2-ae6-0.network.virginmedia.net [213.10


7 16 ms 16 ms 15 ms tele-ic-1-as0-0.network.virginmedia.net [62.253.


8 18 ms 15 ms 31 ms ldn-b4-link.telia.net []

9 * 20 ms 19 ms ldn-bb2-link.telia.net []

10 15 ms * 38 ms ldn-b3-link.telia.net []

11 15 ms 15 ms 15 ms xe-1-0-1.bbr01.tg01.lon01.networklayer.com [213.


12 32 ms 15 ms 15 ms ae7.bbr02.tg01.lon01.networklayer.com [50.97.18.


13 22 ms 21 ms 21 ms ae0.bbr02.eq01.ams02.networklayer.com [50.97.18.


14 25 ms 25 ms 25 ms ae6.dar02.sr01.ams01.networklayer.com [50.97.18.


15 25 ms 25 ms 25 ms po2.fcr01.sr01.ams01.networklayer.com [159.253.1


16 26 ms 25 ms 25 ms [15]

Trace complete.

C:\Users\Vince> ping eu.testmy.net

Pinging eu.testmy.net [] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from bytes=32 time=28ms TTL=50

Reply from bytes=32 time=25ms TTL=50

Reply from bytes=32 time=28ms TTL=50

Reply from bytes=32 time=25ms TTL=50

Ping statistics for

Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),

Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:

Minimum = 25ms, Maximum = 28ms, Average = 26ms

Here are some speed test done within a minute or two.




As you can see the NAMESCO server in London gives me my usual 97Mb. Rotterdam gives me something lower owing to distance I guess, but testmy.net has not done well.

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Up and download speed are very important, but so is line quality. Who wants high latency and packet loss, especially if you are a game freak?

For those of you interested here is a line quality monitor I have started with Thinkbroadband. This is live so it will change over time.


I am pretty pleased with my line quality. Any spikes you see are due to my internet activity. The rest of the time all the graphs flat line.

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