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Help needed to decipher what speed tests mean

Cat
Dabbler
Posts: 18
Registered: 30-07-2007

Help needed to decipher what speed tests mean

I was wondering if someone can help me understand
this please.
I am only learning all this so please go easy.. Cheesy
I was upgraded a few months ago and I have an
alcatel 330 usb modem ,
which I know it not really good enough for dsl max,
but I have upgraded the driver and it is
supposed to be able handle up to 4mbps.
However I am too far from the exchange
to get more than 3.5 mbps.
However these are my speed tests

The test at
http://www.speedtest.bbmax.co.uk
shows this

Download Speed: 2363 kbps (295.4 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 372 kbps (46.5 KB/sec transfer rate)

and plusnet shows this...

plusnet Your High-speed Broadband Service
Your current broadband speed is 4000 Kbps

However I dont seem to see much improvement
in speeds from
when I had 1.1 mbps.
This is all confusing to me,and I am dissapointed
with the speeds and dissconections in the
evenings which are caused by outside interference I think :?
Am I going to have to upgrade to a wireless
or wired router now, and if so..which is best?
Carol
2 REPLIES
Liam
Grafter
Posts: 2,083
Registered: 04-04-2007

Help needed to decipher what speed tests mean

The speeds you are getting from a speedtest indicate speeds of just under 2.5Mb. This is a vast improvement from the 1Mb speeds you would have been getting before (around 900kbps).

Your profile is set to maximum throughput of 4Mb, this is a limitation of your line length and condition and the performance of this at the speeds you are getting is fairly standard and nothing really to be worried about.

A router may improve your speeds slightly, but given you say your line is limited at 3.5Mb anyway, you may not notice much of a difference.
Cat
Dabbler
Posts: 18
Registered: 30-07-2007

Help needed to decipher what speed tests mean

Thanks Liam,
For explaining in plain English Cheesy
I think I will eventually get a Router and
hope that it will stop the disconnection
issues even if it does not improve my
speeds
Carol