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    Bandwidth question

    Hi Guys, I bundled my internet, tv and phone with verizon FIOS today. I am suppose to be getting 50 up / 25 down. When I check with verizon's speedtest of 60 up /40 down. When I use speedtest.net I get the following results 36 up /30 down. With speakeasy.net i get 19 up / 25 down. How do I know which results are the most accurate. If speedtest and speakeasy are the more correct results, should i complain to verizon that I am not getting what i am paying for? thx

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    most of those test sites never give me an accurate measure of my speeds, on roadrunner anyways

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    I would just pick the closest one to you,and use that as a benchmark whenever you want to test your speeds.

    I can use 4 or 5 different speedtest server/host all within my area,and they can all give different results,so I just picked one and I always use the same one.
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    Do a direct download from an FTP site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    most of those test sites never give me an accurate measure of my speeds, on roadrunner anyways

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    Quote Originally Posted by 24giovanni View Post
    Hi Guys, I bundled my internet, tv and phone with verizon FIOS today. I am suppose to be getting 50 up / 25 down. When I check with verizon's speedtest of 60 up /40 down. When I use speedtest.net I get the following results 36 up /30 down. With speakeasy.net i get 19 up / 25 down. How do I know which results are the most accurate. If speedtest and speakeasy are the more correct results, should i complain to verizon that I am not getting what i am paying for? thx

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    Any speed test site is at the mercy of the network congestion and/or capable bandwidth between your computer and their website, and that includes your ISPs network until you hit a backbone.

    To see what kind of bandwidth you have available at your specific node (I.E. the speeds your modem has been provisioned for) you can try emailing yourself a 8 or 9MB file to get an idea since I would imagine your ISPs email servers are on the very same network, though "bursting" could skew that. If your ISP gives you FTP space, you could get a better idea with a larger file.

    What really matters to most folks, though, is your WAN performance. The numbers you reported vary greatly, which isn't surprising. Try downloading large files from major content providers like Microsoft, Adobe, Pornhub, or whoever out there on the 'net has fat assed servers on fat assed pipes. That should give you an idea of what your modem is supposed to deliver. Take your highest number closest to what your paying for as the best scenario. If you rarely see that number, call customer support. There very well could be a congestion problem on your node.


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    FYI, the promised rates are implied that you will get them ONLY on the ISP's network. Once the packets leave Verizon's network you are at the mercy of the other carriers, even though Verizon owns most of the major backbones now.
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    With speedtest.net....select several different test servers in your surrounding area.
    As you noticed...fastest results are from your ISPs own tests, because 100% of that test is on their own bandwidth, it never leaves their main gateway.
    Once you leave your ISPs gateway...now you are at the mercy of the rest of the internet, something they cannot control much. Your speeds will vary greatly because of so many more hops across many different providers and backbones.
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