How reliable are Broadband Speed Tests?

  spuds 17:16 01 Apr 08

Just how reliable are broadband speed tests, conducted through the various 'speed-tester' websites.

Do you know a website or download that will conduct a broadband speed test, that is 'extremely' reliable and true. If so, would you care to share it?.

  Rob_08 17:35 01 Apr 08

Try this one. Thought to be the best (req java) And used by ISP's

click here

  rawprawn 17:39 01 Apr 08

Good question, I can take speed tests from
click here
click here
and I get approximately 1gb differential

  rawprawn 17:41 01 Apr 08

In fairness when tested is about in the middle

  wiz-king 17:48 01 Apr 08

I am on Virgin cable and have found this one gives reliable and consistent results. click here

  anskyber 17:56 01 Apr 08

This one is quite good click here

  spuds 18:27 01 Apr 08

I have just conducted tests from each link, and it appears that within a short space of each test, I have readings vary from 1.37Mb to 4.0Mb (1.37Mb-2.26Mb-2.80Mb-4.00Mb).

My neighbour and myself have been conducting speed tests over the past few days, and the results have been extraordinary. We are both using the same ISP on a 'upto' 8Mb package, and our circumstances and set-ups are virtually identical.

My speeds seem to be in the 1.3Mb to 2.9Mb and generally falling after 5pm. The neighbour usually gets maximum of 4.9Mb minimum 2.9Mb. This afternoon they managed to get a reading of 273.07Mb (thats correct) and last night I had a set of test readings within a few minutes of each test 2.19Mb,45.51Mb(thats right) and 1.88Mb.

Now please tell me, doe's something not sound right here!.

  spuds 18:34 01 Apr 08

anskyber- Just tried your link and get 'Connection Refused'. I had a similar response to a direct BT check, and can only assume that if you go through another ISP LLU devices, the tests fail!.

The mystery deepens.

  GEEKSTA 18:47 01 Apr 08

The Gadget Show have their own speed checker, click here

  FatboySlim71 22:46 01 Apr 08

I've heard that this one is supposed to be accurate.

click here

  Grey Goo 23:15 01 Apr 08

Usual gives good results
click here

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