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How fast is your internet connection

Posted on Sunday, January 4 2009

When it comes to internet connectivity, the area I live in is way behind today's standard. Although I have a reliable DSL connection, the connection speed is located at the lower end of the scale. Due to the weak infrastructure in my area this will, unfortunately, not get better in the near future. However, I'm not complaining since the line is sufficient for my current needs.

But how do you find out what your connection speed really is? For this purpose there are numerous speed tests available. A speed test is performed by a piece of software which measures the line performance between your end and a server on the internet. Apart from dedicated testing software, which needs to be installed on your computer, there are also online services available, that spare you the need to install such software.

One of the best online tests I found is speedtest.net which is not only easy to use, but also comes up with pretty reliable results. Basically all you have to do is to select a server next to your own location and start the test. Bear in mind, that the shortest physical connection is not always the fastest one on the internet. So you may need to try different servers and stick to the one which deliveres the best results.

Just in case you are interested in my results, here they are:

Speed Test results
Speed Test results

Tags: internet