Best way to test internet connection speeds


  1. Posts : 7
    Windows 10 Pro x64
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    Best way to test internet connection speeds


    Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for the most reliable way to test my internet connection. I normally use speedtest.net but i discovered I get completely different results depending on what browser i use. My speeds will show up as 200mbps or 600-700mbps for up or down, depending on which browser i use. My ISP said my connection should be 400mbps up and down.

    And related to this - are there any steps I should take in terms of windows settings to make sure I have an optimal connection?

    Even though some of these speed tests show I am getting 600-700mbps, in any practical application i've never come close to that. The fastest I have seen anything come down/up is 200-300mbps. Uploading to dropbox is stupidly slow. Uploading to amazon is slow (although my backup program is doing some encryption so that might be slowing it down). Downloading any large files from various applications/sites and still only see 200-300mbps.

    This is windows 10 x64. And my ethernet connection does says it's 1 gbps. And I do not have any sort of metering turned on in windows, or on my router.
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  2. Samuria's Avatar
    Posts : 6,057
    windows 10
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    One of the problems is it selects a server to test and may be different every time with some being local and others miles away
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  3. Posts : 7
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter
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    Thanks, but that's not the issue in this case since I made sure to always select the same server when I was comparing the test in different browsers. And I ran the test multiple times against the same server just to rule out any temporary congestion. The results are always consistent.
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  4. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 2004
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    rather than running from inside browser use their windows 10 app.
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  5. Phone Man's Avatar
    Posts : 1,313
    Windows 10 Pro 1909 64 bit
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    Use Speedtest by Ookla from the MS Store. It is a standalone app that does not use a browser.

    Jim
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  6. Posts : 1,253
    Windows 10 Home 2004 19041.804
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