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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Thu 03-May-12 09:55:23
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BT Infinity Speed Testing


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Had planned an evening on a Virgin 50/5 connection trying out a nice methodology and a bit of tweaking to give tbbMeter a bit of an exercise, but Virgin congestion meant it was useless, but carry on regardless I say.

This is not about being able to say our tester is better or worse than ABC's, but rather getting an understanding of what is going on so everyone can benefit.

What would be useful

1. Ideal world, someone happy to let me have remote access to a PC desktop that has tbbmeter installed, for an hour or so testings. Yes a remote session will affect things, but can allow for that in conclusions. Failing that if someone is in the Surrey area, a rare visit is possible, will bring cookies.

2. When people do speedtests, if the tester has a traffic graph capture it, as well as the numbers.

3. Use tbbmeter or other graphing tools, e.g. Windows task manager to compare tests

4. Our tester usings a custom protocol that we know is hit by BT traffic management sometimes. So using test files from http://www.thinkbroadband.com/download.html can be useful.

5. In tbbmeter there is an auto test, CTRL SHIFT F2 starts it, and this does 20 second pings, upload, single thread download, multiple thread download, 20 second pings. The tests then appear under Statistics Speedtest results.

6. tbbmeter lets you manually do an upload test.

7. Test at peak and off-peak times.

8. Give up on wireless, Ethernet rules these days for the 80/20 product in particular.

9. If behind a NAT router, safe enough to turn off your software AV/firewall for a short period, so long as you trust others on your LAN, and ensure this is not impacting your results.

Andrew Ferguson, andrew@thinkbroadband.com
www.thinkbroadband.com - formerly known as ADSLguide.org.uk
The author of the above post is a thinkbroadband staff member. It may not constitute an official statement on behalf of thinkbroadband.
Standard User dspillett
(committed) Thu 03-May-12 11:06:47
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Re: BT Infinity Speed Testing


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1. Ideal world, someone happy to let me have remote access to a PC desktop that has tbbmeter installed, for an hour or so testings.
If it would suffice I can give you access to a small VM running XP for that. I'm on A&A rather than BT's product which might not be what you are looking for if you are specifically testing BT Infinity rather than testing FTTC more generally, and I'd have to ask that you not do too much testing in peak times as that costs on their charging system.

You'd be sharing the link with a mail server and a pair of small web servers (also running in VMs on the same host) but they see very little activity most of the time. I could pipe into the VM some stats from iptraf monitoring the ppp interface so you can distinguish between general low throughput or low readings due to contention with other traffic on the line.

I'm currently on up-to-40/10, though I will soon be regraded to up-to-80/20.

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Current ISP: Andrews & Arnold (AAISP) via FTTC at ~40Mbit down (has occasionally dropped to ~36) & ~10Mbit up, joined July 2011.
Previous setup: Be Pro with UploadPlus (ADSL2+, AnnexM), 12ish Mbit down, 1.6 up, happy customer for ~2.5 years.

Edited by dspillett (Thu 03-May-12 15:28:56)

Standard User paul1360
(member) Thu 03-May-12 12:01:15
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I'm running on BT Infinity 80/20Mb and would be ok with you doing any testing on my PC as long as I don't end up with a lot of porn on my PC lol (Only joking). Let me know what you need me to do and we can take it from there.
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Standard User qasdfdsaq
(regular) Thu 03-May-12 12:16:39
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I can offer the same - VM running whatever version of Windows required. On Infinity 80/20, but DLM has me on a capped profile of 47.855/16.993 - and as an experiment I'm avoiding an engineer reset to see if it does in fact ever reset itself.
Standard User MHC
(legend) Thu 03-May-12 20:07:52
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Re: BT Infinity Speed Testing


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If your other offers cannot assist, I may be able to make mine available - but it is only a 40/2 connection but capable of 60+ if I upgraded so I am not close to the limit.


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