howtogeek at June 15th, 2013 06:42 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/165321/why-you-probably-arent-getting-the-internet-speeds-youre-paying-for-and-how-to-tell/
Have you ever noticed that your Internet service provider advertises their speeds as “up to” a maximum speed? You may think you’re paying for a 15 Mbps connection, but you’re actually getting an “up to 15 Mbps” connection that may be slower.
txlakeside at June 15th, 2013 12:04 — #2
Paying for 100Mbps getting 94 ...... close enough for me!
baht at June 15th, 2013 13:15 — #4
"Speedtest.net"? You must be joking HTG! Nearly all ISPs in Thailand fiddle the results - they have their own 'Speedtest.net' server located in Thailand. Ping results of 30ms for a 10,000 mile away city gives the game away.
I have a strong suspicion that Speedtest.net knows about this but does nothing.
Use DSLreports.com for a real result. Be prepared for a shock.
weinber77062 at June 15th, 2013 16:43 — #5
Switched from AT&T dsl (up to 1.5 mbps - actually 0.45) to Comcast. I am getting 30 to 32 mbps (versus 25 promised), as measured by speedtest.net, which coincidentally is hosted by Comcast. The price is $20/month higher but, I believe, worth it.
doctordeere at June 15th, 2013 17:53 — #6
How to tell? That's easy... if your billing statement has a "Windstream Communications" logo on it, you're getting humped.
fuhco at June 15th, 2013 23:57 — #7
From what I've heard speedtest.net measures the capacity speed not actual speed if you want actual speed results I would check out this link here ispgeeks you can sign up for a free account and have a plethora of tools to test and benchmark your isp.
acf at June 17th, 2013 13:44 — #8
I have to say im pleased with Verizon FiOS. I pay for 50/25, however I normally get much faster. However in the DC Metro area, the infrastructure is good and residents wouldnt tolerate not getting what they pay for.
robert_zanol at June 17th, 2013 14:21 — #9
I have the same FIOS package now. I get 58 down consistently/ 32 up no matter what time of day. Before I moved I had the next level up package and was getting 85 down. FIOS rocks.
whistler40069 at June 17th, 2013 14:47 — #10
I have Comcast preferred right now, 109+ a month has blast, checked last night at 9pm got 47down, just now had 55.. this is the fastest I have seen when ive checked. Glad the crazy price we are paying is giving us lighting fast stuff!!