Grommet Registered User
#1

Something to be aware of when running speed tests - the web site www.speedtest.net has recently set up a server in Limerick that appears as the default server for speed tests sometimes even when you click on the Dublin icon on their main page. The server in Limerick is hosted by a provider called "Fast Wireless Internet" (a community broadband operator according to their website www.fwi.ie) and it looks like they might be having some congestion issues themselves, because test results to that server are substantially worse than those to the Dublin server.

As an example - I checked my speed (I'm on a 6Mbps profile) using the Dublin server (hosted by Digiweb) and I got this...

http://www.speedtest.net/result/570362745.png

While a couple of minutes later I checked my speed again and the site automatically selected the Limerick server as the default test server and I got this...


http://www.speedtest.net/result/570367481.png

Notice the big difference in latency - definitely cannot be accounted for only by the the trip down to Limerick and back. Must be some bottleneck on the connection to the FWI server.

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Matt Simis Registered User
#2

Absolutely, I get routed to the Limerick server and loose 2mbs on the test vs the Dublin one. But if I download from the net from a known good site I can see the actual Kb/s and worth out the Mb/s myself.

Personally, I hate these on-line speed tests, extremely inconsistent and irrelevant to actual network performance. Downloading at mega speeds from a server in Dublin (or Limerick..) is in no way reflective of virtually anyones actual usage of the net. Its beyond misleading.

All they really succeed at is confusing people that dont know better.

Jilm Registered User
#3

Magnet's speed test isn't a bad alternative.

http://speedtest.magnet.ie/

Sponge Bob Banned
#4

Be Very Very careful , like Grommet says.

MunsterCycling Registered User
#5

TBH the DigiWeb server is the worst one of all in Ireland, seriously slow, never gets top speed unline the Galway server which is nearly always the fastest ping and highest speed, DigiWeb FAIL. The below results are surprising as most of the time the DigiWeb server doesn't get over 1.5 Mbs





PaddyTheNth Registered User
#6

Speedtest is only an approximation really in my experience.

For example I get consistent results of ~4.5 Mbps using Speedtest...but if I go and grab an iso off Heanet I'm getting in the region of 12Mbps.

BaconZombie Registered User
#7

That's because Headnet is pairing with your ISP.




Speet Test.net ~ 18Mb/s
Real World on a Peered Network ~ 25-30Mb/s

PaddyTheNth said:
Speedtest is only an approximation really in my experience.

For example I get consistent results of ~4.5 Mbps using Speedtest...but if I go and grab an iso off Heanet I'm getting in the region of 12Mbps.

Prisoner6409 Registered User
#8

MunsterCycling said:
TBH the DigiWeb server is the worst one of all in Ireland, seriously slow, never gets top speed unline the Galway server which is nearly always the fastest ping and highest speed, DigiWeb FAIL. The below results are surprising as most of the time the DigiWeb server doesn't get over 1.5 Mbs







Bang on, never noticed that but always wondered why speedtest.net always gave me worse speeds than either magnet or eircom(now I know). Just shows these tests should be taken with a pinch of salt. I think it's better to try a download and check the kbs/sec numbers. I've started using the Eircom speedtest server(http://home.eircom.net/speedtest/default.asp?id=1) as it gives me the best results , makes me feel better.

denat Registered User
#9

Well I don't know what to make of these, all within 5 mins of eachother:







Eircom speedtest gave 780 kbps.

Should have mentioned I'm supposed to be on a 1Mb connection. Eircom speedtest consistently gives the speeds I'd expect to get with this connection. I can't understand how any test could possibly give > 1.024.

I'm located on south Mayo border with Co Galway.

Bob_Harris Banned
#10

News just in, some servers are slower than others.

Choosing your speedtest.net server is truly a life and death situation.

denat Registered User
#11

Bob_Harris said:
News just in, some servers are slower than others.

Choosing your speedtest.net server is truly a life and death situation.


Thanks for the breaking story.

I still don't know how speedtest.net can indicate speeds over 1.024 for a 1 Mb connection. I've tried irishisptest.com and get similar results to eircom ones (ie what one would expect from a 1Mb connection where I'm located).

Not life and death - I agree - just interesting!

How Soon Is Now Registered User
#12

Im on upc 20 mb last night at bout 8pm i was gettin max 3 mb on speedtest on the Dublin server. I tried magnets i was gettin max 8 mbs.

Then later in night about 9 or so i was gettin 2 maybe less then 2 mbs on both sites hence reason i now have a UPC tech coming on Thursday .

hellboy99 Registered User
#13

I've been using speedtest.net, Eircom, bbmax and a few others over the past few days on my BT 7.6MB and are all giving round the same results:







cool0 Banned
#14

Jilm said:
Magnet's speed test isn't a bad alternative.

http://speedtest.magnet.ie/


ok...It's nice site for checking the broadband speed.
I tested my Internet speed by using the http://www.ip-details.com/internet-speed-test/ .
My speed test results are,
7.02 Mbps when downloading,
2.86 Mbps when uploading..

Jilm Registered User
#15

cool0 said:
I tested my Internet speed by using the http://www.ip-details.com/internet-speed-test/
Yeah... that link uses speedtest.net.

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