Internet connection issues?September 3, 2009
In a previous post I talked about using commands like ping and tracert to test your internet connection and its speed.
Here are some more things you can use — SpeedTest and DownForJustMe.
SpeedTest (http://www.speedtest.net/) lets you test your connection speed and shows you the results compared to your ISP’s average and compared to other places in your state, country and the world.
You can also view and download a CSV file of your results over time if you need to ‘prove’ that your connection is doing strange things (the screen shot below shows my results over a few hours — the red box is the slowest speed and the green box the fastest).
Down for everyone or just me?
Another tool for checking a slow or non-responsive connection to a website is the Down For Everyone or Just Me? website (http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/).
You enter the URL you’re having trouble with, then press Enter or click the link.
After a very short time (less than one second?), you’ll get your answer:
If there is something wrong, they’ll tell you that too. You don’t get a lot of information, but you get enough to ‘prove’ that it’s not something at your end. (In the example below I entered a fake URL just to see what the response would be.)
Update January 2010:
Speedtest.net also have another service — pingtest.net — that measures packet loss, ping time, and jitter (the variance in successive ping tests). All these factors can influence the quality of your connection and its ability to handle big downloads, streaming and online games.
[Links last checked August 2009; thanks to the January 2010 issue of Australian Computer Magazine (p11) for alerting me to pingtest.]