do websites that test connection speed really work?

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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.



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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.


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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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