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BT SpeedTester & +net download speed

geoffers
Grafter
Posts: 47
Registered: 30-07-2007

BT SpeedTester & +net download speed

There seems to be a significant difference on download speeds reported by BT speedtest, if you run the test logged in thru +net or if you run it connecting directly to the BT servers.

1) first from http://test.speedtester.bt.com:50301 whilst still connected thru +net >>> 2877kbps

2) disconnecting from +net & accessing BT directly using speedtest@speedtest_domain and http://217.32.105.42 >>>> 4160kbps

It looks like I am losing over 1Meg via the PlusNet servers

Is this normal...?
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ady
Grafter
Posts: 289
Registered: 25-09-2007

BT SpeedTester & +net download speed

well ive never managed to connect through plus.net but with bt login name, it recorded 900kb and im currently synching at 2.0mb

i thaught that this bt test was surpose to show the max speed capable Tongue
shellsong
Grafter
Posts: 2,191
Registered: 03-08-2007

BT SpeedTester & +net download speed

Actually the BT test shows the maximum you can get with the prevailing local exchange contention taking the ISPs network out of the measurements, so it shows what conditions are like on the BT part of your connection

If the BT test gives markedly better results than external speedtests, it indicates that the main contention problems are with the PlusNet part of the connection
Community Veteran
Posts: 1,653
Registered: 13-06-2007

BT SpeedTester & +net download speed

I have found that I cannot use the speed tester using the speedtest login, using bt_test@startup_domain gives me "user must be TAT1... redirecting" and it redirects me back to the start.

using speedtest@speedtest_domain it doesnt even load the page using both the domain and the ip addresses.

Anyone else had this problem?
geoffers
Grafter
Posts: 47
Registered: 30-07-2007

BT SpeedTester & +net download speed

I had exactly the same problem the first time I tried it this am, using the http://217.35.209.142 IP address.

I tried a second time (ie reset my router id to speedtest@speedtest_domain & pwd to testing) - but this time I used the http://217.32.105.42 IP address.

I also closed down my browser after I reset my router, then opened a new browser window (checked the router stats to see that I was accessing BT's DNS servers, not +net), then entered the .42 IP address and it worked this time.
sophos9
Grafter
Posts: 760
Registered: 12-09-2007

BT SpeedTester & +net download speed

The BT speedtest needs you to be logged into your ISP's account...

The instructions you read must not have been updated Wink
geoffers
Grafter
Posts: 47
Registered: 30-07-2007

BT SpeedTester & +net download speed

Sophos9 said:
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The BT speedtest needs you to be logged into your ISP's account...

Are you sure - the whole point of using the BT speedtest is to cut your ISP out of the equation & link link directly to BT's servers, to get a true data-rate.

If you look at my above posting - the first BT test was while I was logged into +net
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1) first from http://test.speedtester.bt.com:50301 whilst still connected thru +net >>> 2877kbps


For the second test I replaced the +Net connection details in my router with the BT connection and did their speedtest directly, avoiding any contention at +Net

Cheers, G
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2) disconnecting from +net & accessing BT directly using speedtest@speedtest_domain and http://217.32.105.42 >>>> 4160kbps