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vid
18th January 2005, 11:53 AM
Does anyone know how to find out at what speed the ADSL service is coming in at.
I just got broadband connected at 256 but I cant find a way of showing me if it IS actually coming in at that speed.
I looked at the activity monitor but I can't work out what it is showing me.

purana
18th January 2005, 12:20 PM
Sometimes your modem will have a web interface to it, and then a status page to show you current detected speed.

Another way to test is to access your isp ftp server, and download a reasonable sized file. 10mb or so. Then determine what speed it comes in at. If it comes in at about 25kb/s (then you have 256/64 link). 51kb/s = 512/128 and 150kb/s = 1500/256.

Hope that helps.

iSlayer
18th January 2005, 12:21 PM
a 256kb adsl connection connects at 256kb.
your download speed will be around 26kb
there are a few free speedtest such as this one
http://members.optusnet.com.au/djalexm/speedtest/

kim jong il
18th January 2005, 12:54 PM
These are the speed tests i have used (on a regular basis). They are all two way tests, all work with Safari and give you a good idea of what is going on.
http://testmy.net/
http://www.dslreports.com/tools
I call this one the french clock (http://www.60millions-mag.com/page/bases.12_services_plus_60.3_testeur./AppletAbonne-2/contesteuranonyme-1)
http://myspeed.visualware.com


Jetstream (http://nzdsl.co.nz/speedtest/) in new zealand gives me the fastest downloads I have seen also (around theoretical maximum)
Also, remember that with ADSL you lose part of your bandwidth in overheads (around 10% normally)

Give them all a go; I spent ages looking before settling on these.

cheers, kim

EDIT: for a reference on a 512/128 connection I typically see (as results from the above): 441/104, 421/109, 409/108, 417/102. The highest repeatable download speed I have got is 464 kbps (from jetstream (http://nzdsl.co.nz/speedtest/))

macmate
18th January 2005, 01:06 PM
Originally posted by islayer@Jan 18 2005, 12:21 PM
a 256kb adsl connection connects at 256kb.
your download speed will be around 26kb
there are a few free speedtest such as this one
http://members.optusnet.com.au/djalexm/speedtest/
8 bits to a byte

256Kilobits = 32Kilobytes a second theoretical maximum.

subtracts overheads (ever errored packet being sent again etc and the fact that you jump across 20 servers to get to the destination etc etc) and you get 25-27kilobytes per second max.

hope this helps

vid
18th January 2005, 01:10 PM
Thanks for everyones help, I tried http://myspeed.visualware.com and it showed my speeds to me 215kbps download and 44.5kbps Upload.

Thanks Again

Currawong
18th January 2005, 09:22 PM
Don't forget that you lose some speed due to the ADSL overheads (each packet has to include ADSL data, so the amount of data you can download is slightly limited).

Rayd
18th January 2005, 10:19 PM
weee i got 2.4mbps (756kbps) from that site! :)

edit: using optusnet Cable!

p996911turbo
19th January 2005, 12:41 AM
I usually manage 27kB/s out of m 256kbps connection. Uploads I send at about 25kB/s sometimes. I don't think there's much of a cap on my uploads...

kim jong il
19th January 2005, 05:21 AM
Originally posted by ipod_man@Jan 18 2005, 11:19 PM
weee i got 2.4mbps (756kbps) from that site! :)

edit: using optusnet Cable!
Okay, I'm jealous. Maybe someone else would like to like to tell us what they get from these sites (and make me cry a bit more). I know all this is covered at whirlpool but sometimes whirlpool can be a bit of an effort.

cheers, kim

iSlayer
19th January 2005, 06:40 AM
i get around 160kb on a 1500/256kb bigpond connection

dingl
19th January 2005, 09:18 AM
Originally posted by kim jong il@Jan 19 2005, 05:21 AM
Okay, I'm jealous. Maybe someone else would like to like to tell us what they get from these sites (and make me cry a bit more).
from that jetstream site i get...
* Download time: 7.297 seconds
* Size of file: 1000 Kilobytes
* Estimated line speed: 1118.3 (kilobits/second)
* Estimated line speed: 137 (kilobytes/second)
im on iinet 1500std

Atomac
19th January 2005, 10:55 AM
I just set up my brother-in-law with a D-Link G604T on TPG 1500/256. The modem says it is getting 1536 downstream.

According to visualware...

Download 412 kbps
Upload 93.2 kbps

That seems a bit screwy to me.

iSlayer
19th January 2005, 10:57 AM
1536 is correct.
those download speeds dont seem right though

Atomac
19th January 2005, 12:07 PM
Using my brother-in-law's XP machine (connected via ethernet) I can achieve 140-160 kps using TPGs test file. Using the modem's built in wireless router I can achieve 80-90 kps on my PB. Using my Airport Express I can achieve 120-130 kps.

So it must be a wireless thing. However, using my Draytek Vigor 2600 connected to my APX I can get 160 kps on my PB from good servers. It is all a bit weird.

the_OM
19th January 2005, 12:16 PM
Originally posted by Atomac@Jan 19 2005, 10:55 AM
I just set up my brother-in-law with a D-Link G604T on TPG 1500/256. The modem says it is getting 1536 downstream.

According to visualware...

Download 412 kbps
Upload 93.2 kbps

That seems a bit screwy to me.
1536 is a factor of 8 so its correct.

All download upload speeds are factors of 8 (128, 256, 512 etc..), the phone companies do a similar things to hard drive manufacturers and just round round the high numbers to 1500, 3000 and so forth for simplicitiy.

uncyherb
19th January 2005, 02:36 PM
I pulled 430 / 104 (best - 420/102 average) from the visualware site... tested on my iBook g4 running through airport extreme, netgear router and netgear DSL modem (NB1300)

512 ADSL plan from westnet.

kim jong il
19th January 2005, 02:49 PM
Originally posted by Atomac@Jan 19 2005, 11:55 AM
I just set up my brother-in-law with a D-Link G604T on TPG 1500/256. The modem says it is getting 1536 downstream.

According to visualware...

Download 412 kbps
Upload 93.2 kbps

That seems a bit screwy to me.
I'm guessing that is the line speed as per the modem/router web interface and is standard for (I'm pretty sure every ADSL connection). Telstra will not connect the service if your lines cannot manage the 1536/128 connection. EDIT 2/correction: I re read your post. Those numbers are typical of a 512/128 connection not a 1536/256. What do the other tests say? Maybe TPG have screwed up.

cheers, kim

EDIT: to demonstrate, in part, what I am talking about here is a (reduced size ~55 KB) image of my modem/router status display. Note: I have a 512/128 plan

patcanuck
13th June 2005, 01:10 PM
mine was KB/s: 109.775
on a 1500/256

I have no idea how that translates as to whether it is good or bad :(

patcanuck
13th June 2005, 01:29 PM
Just realised I had Azureus on in the background so re-did the test after closing it down. Went to testmy.net site and this was the result:
:::.. Download Stats ..:::
Connection is:: 1272 Kbps about 1.3 Mbps (tested with 2992 kB)
Download Speed is:: 155 kB/s
Tested From:: http://testmy.net/ (server2)
Test Time:: Mon Jun 13 2005 13:28:30 GMT+1000
Bottom Line:: 23X faster than 56K 1MB download in 6.61 sec
Diagnosis: 90% + Okay : running at 96.51 % of your hosts average (net.au)
Validation Link:: http://testmy.net/stats/id-DPT2UXYMO

That seems better even to my untrained eye :)

Jaffa
13th June 2005, 01:30 PM
I tested a friends dial-up connection, and this is what i got...

kbps: 22.8
KB/s: 2.85
Mbps: 0.022265625

:P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P


I will test my broadband when i get home...

mvjs
13th June 2005, 02:03 PM
We have 1.5 MB Cable and we usally get about 150-300 kbs a second and on australian site around 1mb a second

soul assasin
13th June 2005, 03:12 PM
Originally posted by michaelvjsmyth@Jun 13 2005, 02:03 PM
We have 1.5 MB Cable
Who provides Cable that fast?

mvjs
13th June 2005, 03:20 PM
Well, Bigpond, and thats the speed I mesured :) (The speed vaires at some points)

neilrobinson
13th June 2005, 08:45 PM
just did mine... 6.79 Mbps or 869.29 KB/sec :P nice

neil

mvjs
13th June 2005, 08:54 PM
What sorts that?

I just retested :)

kbps: 7108.8
KB/s: 888.6
Mbps: 6.9421875