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Old August 21st, 2010, 10:00 PM
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Default How reliable/accurate is Speedtest.net?

I have standard Roadrunner that is supposed to provide 5 Mbps/1 Mbps and over the past couple of days, I'm seeing 8 Mbps and higher on the download. Upload speeds are consistent regardless of the test server.

This a local test to Lava.net:


Here is one test to the mainland (East coast):


I'm getting anywhere between 8 and 10 Mbps. The speeds seem higher than what I'm paying for, so I'm just wondering if the test is accurate.
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Old August 21st, 2010, 11:38 PM
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Default Re: How reliable/accurate is Speedtest.net?

With cable modems, speed can vary based on overall load usage in your area as well.
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Old August 22nd, 2010, 01:09 AM
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Default Re: How reliable/accurate is Speedtest.net?

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I'm getting anywhere between 8 and 10 Mbps. The speeds seem higher than what I'm paying for, so I'm just wondering if the test is accurate.
Time Warner Cable uses powerboost technology to temporarily enhance download speeds. This is why you inflated speed tests.
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Old August 24th, 2010, 02:36 AM
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Default Re: How reliable/accurate is Speedtest.net?

I pay $50 a month for "broadband" and my best speed is less than 500Kb/sec. Not even 1Mb, not even 1/2Mb. Oh to get true broadband. I'd love to see Google give us rural folk a chance at high speed.
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Old August 25th, 2010, 03:36 PM
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Default Re: How reliable/accurate is Speedtest.net?

Speedtest.net is a nice tester but I've started to use the below service, which seems more accurate and also give more details:

http://myspeed.visualware.com/index.php
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