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Standard User goldenoldie
(knowledge is power) Sun 24-Jul-11 19:55:13
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Speed test problems


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If anyone is having problems with the TBB Speed test please read this thread
low / difficult speed tests using port 8095

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Standard User saturn_uranus
(fountain of knowledge) Thu 28-Jul-11 23:18:54
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Re: Speed test problems


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I've had problems with the TBB speedtester for years. It was top notch in my Eclipse/Demon 512K/2Mb days but ever since Demon went to MaxDSL and I was hunting for 8Mb it went off the rails. Since then I've been through Be (~15Mb) and now Virgin (50Mb), and the TBB speedtester has been consistently inconsistent throughout. Just tried it again and it returned a result of 30.6/2.3, but I am now retrieving a test post from Giganews at pretty much bang on 50Mb.

I always follow the various threads about problems with the tester and try different things out, usually to no avail. I can only imagine it's congestion along the route somewhere, but these days there's too many more reliable sources available that make it pretty useless IMHO.

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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Fri 29-Jul-11 09:57:44
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Re: Speed test problems


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Maybe if we stopped reporting average, and gave burst speed people would feel all warm and cuddly about the result

Andrew Ferguson, andrew@thinkbroadband.com
www.thinkbroadband.com - formerly known as ADSLguide.org.uk
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Standard User adslmax
(fountain of knowledge) Fri 29-Jul-11 23:33:02
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Re: Speed test problems


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To be honest TBB speed test is load of rubbish. Better use speedtest.net instead.
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Mon 01-Aug-11 10:36:02
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Re: Speed test problems


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As I said, if we gave burst speed it would make people feel happier about their connections, would it be accurate?

One speedtest has shown an average of 31Mbps during testing on a 30Meg product.

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 ess1
(regular) Thu 04-Aug-11 18:20:59
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Re: Speed test problems


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Are there any reliable testers available I wonder?
Standard User broadband66
(experienced) Fri 05-Aug-11 11:59:07
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Re: Speed test problems


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Download a large file and time it!

Was Eclipse Home Option 1 & VM 2Mb
Now O2 standard
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Fri 05-Aug-11 12:06:21
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Re: Speed test problems


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Still only as reliable as the weakest link in the chain between the end-user and the server.

Also for those on faster connections a file download will be limited by write to disk time. Hence why tbbmeter does not save file downloads to disk when using them for tests.

We endeavour to make our tester as reliable as possible, but obviously cannot control

1. Congestion in an ISP's network or links to the outside world
2. Traffic mangement techniques employed that impact on some protocols

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 kwikbreaks
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Fri 05-Aug-11 17:06:52
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Re: Speed test problems


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I'm now on 50Mbps cable. The TBB tester consistently gives me results of ~ 20Mbps yet speedtest.net just as consistently gives results of ~ 50Mbps and any time I care to do a download from a known good source it will run at ~ 6MBps.

I think if you ask many people on cable will report something similar. I have no idea why because on ADSL TBB agreed well with other speedtest sites.
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Sat 06-Aug-11 01:02:52
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Re: Speed test problems


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Don't have my numbers to hand, but we do see some people on VM 50Meg testing to close to 50Meg, but average is a little lower than some other sites, probably because of our use of average rather than peak.

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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