do websites that test connection speed really work?

By regaldozer
Aug 9, 2007
  1. Can someone advise if the connection speeds given on websites dedicated to this task are accurate?

    can you reccomend a site to do this for me. I want to make sure I am getting what I am paying for.

  2. Sleepsalot

    Sleepsalot TS Rookie

  3. BlameCanada

    BlameCanada TS Rookie Posts: 320

    Speed tests hosted on a web site are usually fairly limited as to what they can do.

    For a full workout you need to download a program.I use Dan Elwell`s speed test

    That gives you ping times + downloads from all around the globe.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    ping timings are trivial and statistically 'insignificant' compared to down/up load testing.
    Why? Because any specific packet can be delayed (and in ping there are very few)
    which biases the results shown. A good size file download or upload will produce
    a better picture of what may be expected in the future.
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