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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Tue 01-Feb-11 11:28:20
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tbbMeter Version 0.9.7.9 - Help with testing for 2011 ISPA's


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Everyone thought we had forgotten about tbbMeter but that was far from the truth.

The last few months have seen a flurry of work to add new functionality.

The software has had some testing in a beta group, and is being released in phases to tbbmeter users, around 1 in 4 installations should receive an upgrade notice. The plan is to phase the roll-out across the whole of this week.

While this phased roll-out is taking place, any new installs from the setup files on thinkbroadband will remain at version 0.9.5.3

CHANGE NOTES
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1. tbbMeter has its own integrated testing system now, for measuring latency, upload and download.
2. The automated testing is forming part of the technical testing for the 2011 ISPA Awards
3. Automated testing is optional, and you can see set a monthly usage limit to avoid eating too much of a precious usage allowance.
4. The Quick Stats window allows you to see if the testing is enabled or disabled, and the combined usage that month.
5. On running 0.9.7.9 for the first time you are presented with a pop-up question 75 seconds after application has started asking you to take part.
6. You can opt out or back in again at any time using the tbbMeter Options window.
7. All the upload and download testing results will show in the Statistics | SpeedTests window. You can manually carry out an upload or ftp download test.
8. We use the ftp protocol for the upload and download testing, plus some more traditional http download using multiple threads (up to 6 on faster connections)
9. We can vary how often at which testing occurs, but the software will always observe the usage limit you have set for the testing. Currently it is set such that you should see one test roughly every 24 hours, it may be less often if you select a small usage allowance for the tests.
10. If you are using mobile broadband the test will still run (we do want to collect data for mobile), but the pre-tests should mean the data usage is lower than normal. If you are paying per MB for your data we understand if you disable the automated testing when mobile.
11. The testing records the IP address at the time of the test, so if you use your computer in multiple locations it does not matter. This is particularly for people who use a laptop in several places.
12. The automated testing is obvious, since we display the red/green bars plus put a message on screen to tell you it is underway.
13. Automated testing is disabled by default, hence the asking you to take part.
14. While we record the IP address of the connection this is solely to determine accurately which ISP the test was carried out on.

http://www.ispaawards.org.uk/page/press has more details about this years awards.

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 camieabz
(legend) Tue 01-Feb-11 13:45:06
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Re: tbbMeter Version 0.9.7.9 - Help with testing for 2011 IS


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8. We use the ftp protocol for the upload and download testing, plus some more traditional http download using multiple threads (up to 6 on faster connections)


Almost all of the rest sounds good, however I want to highlight that some ISPs throttle FTP download speeds, depending on the time of day.

Plusnet's speeds - See "FTP -Non Plusnet"

Plusnet value packages will be throttled from 128Kb to 256Kb.
Extra packages - 164Kb to 8 Meg.
Pro - Line speed.
Business packages - Line speed.

Would it worthwhile informing users of potential throttling on FTP?

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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Tue 01-Feb-11 14:06:26
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Re: tbbMeter Version 0.9.7.9 - Help with testing for 2011 IS


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We know about that, and would get covered in any final report.
We do ftp and http down, which on an unthrottled should be pretty close.

ISPA technical testing is used to whittle the long list of entries down to a shortlist, which is where the judging panel take over.

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.


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(legend) Tue 01-Feb-11 14:14:09
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Fair enough. Good to know.

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