Re: Accurate Broadband Speed Tests

Thanks. now all I gotta do is figure out what all that means (g).

It's pretty simple, you can't get accurate speed measurements when you're dealing with multiple networking paths. Wireless adds to the complications because it can't guarantee as reliable and predictable a connection as you'd get with a wired one. Interference or other wifi traffic makes testing it difficult.

Simple web-based "speed tests" can't show you bottlenecks between your computer and the web server hosting the test.

When you're testing you want to measure the speed of your local network, the speed to the ISP and then the speed out of the ISP. The speed TO the ISP is what your service provides. But it's useless to have a fast connection to the ISP if their upstream connections out to other hosts are swamped (aka cable companies).