Favorite Speed Test Systems

Mike O'Connor mjo at dojo.mi.org
Wed Dec 7 01:45:11 UTC 2016

:On 05-12-2016 16:34, Nick Ryce wrote:
:> For testing downloads, fast.com is pretty nice
:The problem with fast.com is that they use HTTPS for the test. The user needs
:a fast computer to decode the SSL at full speed. Even if you have a very fast
:computer the test will max out at 100-200 Mbps because the Netflix servers
:are apparently not able to encode SSL any faster. Maybe we would get better
:speed if multiple SSL connections were used.

I've run into the opposite problem -- fast.com sporadically reporting
1+ Gbps times for circuits that are only 20-40 Mbps.  There's no obvious
client-side issues -- no proxying, interesting browsers, etc.  fast.com
is glitchy just often enough to give some friends of mine silly glee
when it misreports.


 Michael J. O'Connor                                          mjo at dojo.mi.org
"A superhero should always speak from his diaphragm!"               -The Tick
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