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Broadband upstream and downstream speeds

shermans
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Broadband upstream and downstream speeds

In the old days of ordinary "dial-up", you could see a little icon on the taskbar which gave the actual connection speed. Is there an equivalent with Broadband ?

I appreciate there is the Plusnet speed test and also the BT speedtest, but they are both a bit laborious. Is there any simple way of knowing what the live up- and down-stream speeds are ?
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Broadband upstream and downstream speeds

It kinda depends upon your hardware, but the true answer is no.

Modems often give the sync speed when you hover over them, but obviously this is not necessarily the throughput you will get.

With a router its much harder, because you will connect to the router at one speed, but the router will connect to the 'net at another - on top of that, neither figure is actually going to be your through put.

The only way to truly know, is by downloading one file, which is large enough to give a decent average speed.

Of course the speed you achieve depends upon a multitude of factors, such as how fast the server can present the file to you .

Also it depends upon what type of file it is, because different types of file may be handled in different ways by the kit between you and the server you are trying to get it from.

The BT Speedtest gives the most accurate picture for your line, but this only counts from your line to the exchange, it doesn't take into account the rest of the network that you may be trying to get files from.

The Plusnet one is one of the most inaccurate I've seen, but lost of this is probably caused by a couple of dodgy servers which take an age to respond at times.
shermans
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Broadband upstream and downstream speeds

James

Thanks. That answers it !
lingbob
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Broadband upstream and downstream speeds

If you're using a Netgear router, you may like to have a look at RouterStats. Amongst other things, it will report your upstream/downstream sync speed and SNR in real-time.