Speed Test Results Analysis

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When I test two different computers connected to the same cable modem
through the same router, I get significant variances between the two
conputers:

Desktop Computer: Avg Down Speed = 2900 kb/s, Avg Up Speed = 689 kb/s
Laptop Computer: Avg Down Speed = 11129 kb/s, Avg Up Speed = 1976 kb/s

Both Computers run Win XP SP2... the laptop is newer, but how much
affect should processor speed really have on these speed tests?

By the way, I used both http://www.speedtest.net and
http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest
and results were sonsistent between the two speedtest services.


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More than anything else, I think you've highlighted one of the
weaknesses of so-called online speed tests. You'd get a much more
accurate result with a local speed measuring utility, whether it's
something running on each PC or even something running on your router.

I have used, and recommend, either DUMeter or Bandwidth Monitor, both
of which I believe are shareware, although similar freeware can also
be found. I'm currently using a 3rd party (Tomato) firmware in my
Linksys router, which provides pretty speed graphs in real time.

You didn't specify who your Internet provider is, or anything else
about your equipment, so it's hard to tell if even one set of your
results is valid, but it's likely that at least one set of results
isn't. :)

--
Bill

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You certainly have to run the tests more than once and average them
(or take the highest if you like), but he needs to specify how the
computers are connected (wireless/wired) and what size CPUs he has.
Also make sure the PCs are idle when you test.

Personally, I wouldn't waste my money on a speed monitor though - what
does it actually gain for you ?


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It's one of the few reliable ways of checking whether your connection
is working as well as it should. (Online speed tests make a valiant
effort, but aren't trustworthy in the end.) I agree, that won't be a
good reason for most people and they'll just plug along as long as
they can do what they want to do, but for me it's important.

--
Bill

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I do have NetPerSec running in my tray which gives a rough idea (and free).

I just ran a BroadbandReports test and it's 5.40Mb/310Kb followed by a
5.54/289 and 5.613/453.  Netpersec shows send topping at 6Mb and recv
around 7-800Kb and throttling back a bit to keep it under - modem is
set to max at 6.144Mb/512Kb.

That's enough of a test for my purposes.

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I know for a fact that some firewalls will cause a HUGE slowdown.


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