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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Internet Speed Test

Of so many Internet Speed Test sites we have tried, none are more consistent than which determine your true bandwidth on any connection, such as Broadband, Cable, Satellite and DSL Modems. To give you the most accurate results, their internet speed test was based on a research paper by Liang Cheng2 and Ivan Marsic from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. The paper explains in detail how to accurately measure Digital Subscriber Line Networks and is used by our speed test.

However, there are times when an internet speed test site gives an unrealistic reading. You can gauge it with the actual feel in your internet browsing. Reconfirm with your Internet Provider speed test site or one near your area.For McAfee Speedometer click here! For Streamyx click here. Common sense always prevail and it is found more often than not the comparison always indicate the lower readings are more realistic.

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Network cards in your computer transmit data at either 10Mbps, 100Mbps or 1000Mbps. This data travels through an Ethernet cable and is received by whatever device it's connected to: another computer, a cable or DSL modem, a router, or whatever. In a nutshell, it's the maximum speed of your LAN (Local Area Network). Keep in mind, that this is NOT the speed of your Internet connection or your WAN (Wide Area Network).

In telecommunications, data transfer is usually measured in bits per second. On Ethernet local area networks, data transfer can be as fast as 10 megabits per second. In computers, data transfer is often measured in bytes per second. For example, when a "1 Mbps" connection is advertised, it usually means that the maximum achievable download bandwidth is 1 megabit/s (million bits per second), which is actually 0.125 MB/s (megabyte per second) or 125KB/s/(kilobyte per second).

The data transfer rate is commonly used to measure how fast data is transferred from one location to another. Data transfer rates are typically measured in bits per second (bps) as opposed to bytes per second, which can be understandably confusing. Connect Rate is measured in Kb/s (or Kbs same thing, the s just mean per second), Mb/s, Gb/s etc etc, which is short for Kilobits, Megabits and Gigabits per second etc etc, key thing being connect rate is measured in bits per second. And Connect rate is the rate that you are physically connected to something at. b (little b or lower case) for bit, and big or upper case B for byte, remember that. Now there are 8 bits in 1 byte. (for e.g. 1000 kilobits is 125 kilobytes) So with a connect rate of 1000Kbps your MAX transfer rate is 1000/8 = 125KB/s as expressed in your torrent software. Read More on "What is Data transfer rate?"

Due to lots of variables over a long distance (weather, humidity, line quality, temperature, static, interference, line noise etc[More notoriously the capacity of the Internet Provider is oversubscribed]), the rate your are connected can be less than subscribed rate that you could be connected to at the time of reconnecting.

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RHurst said...

Thanks for the tips! I would love to test the speed of my internet. I tend to do a lot of downloading, and my download time is pretty slow. I would like to find or download a xml sitemap generator, I am just worried it will take a while.

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