10 Internet Speed Test Sites

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I enjoy jumping on speedtest.net once in a while and see how fast my Comcast cable modem is perking along.  I used to use dlsreports.com, years ago, but speedtest.net had a cooler looking interface.   I searched out sites that test bandwidth and chose ten that looked like they were fairly big.  I tested my connection on all ten, one after another, so that the conditions at home were pretty close to being the same for each test.  There are a ton of variables at work so it's hard to determine which is the best.  Some sites have you choose the server to which you are going to connect but most make that decision for you.

I did not include sites that provided a speed test but whose primary goal was to sell remote pc scanning tools to speedup your PC.  I tried three of those sites and all of them reported that my connection was under 1Mbps. I'm guessing  they grossly underreport your speed so that you will accept their offer to fix your slow speed for about $30.  My guess is that after you run the scan the test is changed to show a more accurate speed. Not nice.

Anyway, on with the results.  Under each of the sites is the speed reported for my connection. You can click on the names of any of the testing sites to be whisked there to try them out yourself.

5.1 Mbps

16.3Mbps

11.0 Mbps

11.9 Mbps

6.3Mbps

6.2Mbps

6.6Mbps

(my provider)
9.4Mbps


16.5Mbps


4.9Mbps

Results:  Quite a variety of speeds ranging from about 5Mbps to a near-blistering 16Mbps.  The average was 9.4Mbps which was equal to the result from my own provider: Comcast.  Could be coincidental but I found it interesting.

Try it out and see what you get and leave some results in the comment section.   I know that this was about as scientific as throwing a dart towards the wall but it was fun and I hope it makes the point that any given site may not be very accurate for your connection and location.  It may be worthwhile to try a few and consider an average or look for a cluster.

erick99 (rep: 15.9k) posted Jun 21, 2012
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Jameson99
I've always used speedtest.net but after trying a few others on your list it looks like speedtest shows a higher speed. I will try again and see tomorrow if the daytime makes a difference.
Jameson99 (rep: 19) posted Jun 21, 2012
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ancagavs
I never used such websites. Well, to be honest I'm not into tech stuff :) But you've made me curious with this article. I'll make a test to see what happens :)
ancagavs (rep: 14.4k) posted Jun 22, 2012
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YesBoss
I always check with speedtest
YesBoss (rep: 28.1k) posted Jun 22, 2012
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arsiel
I've always checked with speedtest as well. Even the support at Optimum check with speedtest. Is there any site that tests how consistent your speed is? I've used pingtest.net for that but its testing window is too small to really pick up on lag spikes
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Jun 22, 2012
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maven3
You don't have the best one I know of listed: Testmy.net

It doesn't use flash (which has issues), and it allows you to use really big test files (50+MB), so you get past the dumb "speedboost" results that only kick in for the first few MBs. It also allows large uploads. Plus you can log in for free and track results over time.
maven3 (rep: 5.23k) posted Jun 22, 2012
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erick99
Thanks maven3. I will try that one as well. DSLreports will do the same thing but not for free so I only provided their free link. Their better test cost five cents per test. I put five dollars in many years ago and still haven't used it up.
erick99 (rep: 15.9k) posted Jun 22, 2012
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arsiel
@maven3 Cool! That's something I'm looking for. We'll see how reliable Optimum REALLY is
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Jun 22, 2012
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erick99
I just did all then at my girlfriends house and the results were more consistent than mine.

DSLreports
12Mbps

ATT
16Mbps

Speedtest
16Mbps

Speakeasy
12Mbps

Bandwidthplace
11Mbps

Cnet
7Mbps

Myspeed
11Mbps

Comcast
16Mbps

Quest
15Mbps

Surewest
8Mpbs
erick99 (rep: 15.9k) posted Jun 22, 2012
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erick99
As a result of writing this Page I called Comcast because my speeds seemed too low. A tech was just out here and found that the trunk line that serves my townhouse block was broken in half and only a tiny, tiny piece of wire was still connected. He replaced the connection and my speed is back up to 16Mbps, which is what I pay for, not 9Mbps.
erick99 (rep: 15.9k) posted Jun 24, 2012
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MaryRolle
I tried all ten. That was fun!
MaryRolle (rep: 23) posted Jun 24, 2012
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MdavidK30
Do you have to pay or give any of your personal info to try them out? You got me interested.
MdavidK30 (rep: 3.56k) posted Jul 13, 2012
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erick99
You don't even need logins and paaswords. You just go to the website and press GO. Easy as pie :)
erick99 (rep: 15.9k) posted Jul 13, 2012
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