Speed Test OverviewA comparison of Internet connection speed testers
MySpeed is a speed test program available on-line or in a downloadable version that accurately measures your Internet connection bandwidth, and provides an easy to understand report of your download and upload speeds and connection quality.
Not all Bandwidth Testers are Created Equal
Is your Internet speed tester software accurate?
Developing an Internet bandwidth and connectivity speed tester at the first glance may appear a very easy task. Just download a test data file, measoure the download time, and calculate the resulting bandwidth, right? No, even major companies get it wrong, as we will see below. The result is many speed testers that report an incorrect bandwidth for your connection.
The need for speed test accuracy
Are you getting all the bandwidth that you are paing for? If you paid for a 8 Mbps service, but are only testing at 6 Mbps, is the problem with your broadband connection, or with your speed tester?
Measuring broadband consistency and QoS
In order for your speed tester to provide an accurate quality of service (QoS) measurement for your broadband connection, it first needs to be able to very accurately measure your bandwidth.
The need for broadband bandwidth consistency
Your broadband network connection is only as reliable as its weakest link. So if you paid for a 3 Mbps connection, but the performance of the connection jumps around from 5 Mbps to 1 Mbps (over time averaging 3 Mbps), you will effectively be limited to 1 Mbps for planning purposes. Because if you deploy an application that needs more than 1 Mbps, that application will fail, because at times it really will not have more than 1 Mbps to use. In other words, it is far easier to deploy a "Ferrari" (application) on a "street" (broadband) that is "flat" (consistent) rather than "rolling hills" (hight, then low, then high again).
The bottom line
In order to correctly evaluate your Internet broadband connection bandwidth and consistency, you need a speed tester that is very accurate and precise. For a comparison of Internet connection speed testers click here.