Getting Accurate Speed Test

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Anyone following this site is aware of the problem for those people on the Evolution plan after being DAP'd. In addition to the inability to access lots of different web sites like Fox News, CBS News, imdb, NCAA.com there are also lots of complaints about speeds being impacted. Although I don't regularly check speeds I have occasionally done so in the past. My initial findings is that speeds since this Evolution problem started 2+ weeks ago are significantly lower than what I had experienced over the past two years. This is not anecdotal but based on actual speed tests.

Which leads to my question....how to get a reasonably accurate measurement of speed.

This morning I ran two sets of test using four different speed tests with results shown below. Note that the tests were run as fast as I could run them (consecutivley) so the tests were spread over about 5 or 10 minutes around 7:30 AM this morning. Results shown for Download/Upload...


                           EXEDE         testmy.net         speedtest.net        Time Warner      speedof.me
First Set              11.3/5.1          7.1/2.2                  13.1/3.9                10.9/3.9                .07/.42
Second Set          7.3/4.9           5.4/2.2                   5.4/1.2                  10.4/4.6                 na


Given above results, what should my answer be if someone asks what kind of speeds am I getting?? Anyone have suggestions on test approach?

Note that speedof.me regularly gives results that are a fraction of the other four. Of course, each of them touts that their test is more accurate than others.
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The location you test from must be capable of delivering a solid data stream to you or the test is no good.  It's that simple.  Test from a source that has an insane back-haul capability.  A cable company, even Comcast, does NOT have the resources to fully saturate the connection from the Internet to you.  Their local demand leaves little spare overhead to "nail" the connection, even at our paltry speeds.
Try testing to Fastmetrics in San Francisco.  Their capability is astonishing.  The only other location with their capacity is in PaloAlto CA at SingTel, which also allows testing at Speedtest.net.
Don't be concerned if you are at the opposite end of the country, satellite really couldn't care less where you are.
If you test from Fastmetrics or SingTel and get really fast speeds, don't say there must be a problem.  Nobody can send data faster than your system can actually take it.
 
 
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Craig, I understand how to use the map. Reiterating my question, why would I want to use one location vs another whether it be Kalamazoo, Indianapolis, Columbus, etc, etc. ?
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The capability of the source site to furnish a solid data stream. A broken-up download from a wanna-be good source affects test results. I can't get any clearer than that.

I test with "who has an absolute solid connection to me to test with."  It's a test, so everything must be done to insure it's really MY connection that is the limiting factor, not a cheesy source.

The maps HERE show a test from a solid source in Palo Alto California is about as good as good as it gets, and that would be SingTel when using Speedtest.net.
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Reiterating my question, why would I want to use one location vs another whether it be Kalamazoo, Indianapolis, Columbus, etc, etc. ?
Normally, a speed test like speedtest.net is going to try to find a server that gives the lowest latency, as higher latencies can start to cause issues when testing speeds.  Being that Exede, or any other satellite based ISP, has an incredibly high latency already, choosing one over the other for that speed becomes negligible.  Then it comes down to a reliable server.  Some or more reliable than others, but most are fine.  

But, keep on thing in mind.  Some speed tests, like speedtest.net, are multi threaded, and with a multi threaded test, the higher the latency, the more erroneous the results can be in comparison to your true speed due to a higher latency opening the door for more issues with the test itself.  

It's just a recommendation, but I would stick with Exede's own or testmy.net.  
 
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Reiterating my question, why would I want to use one location vs another whether it be Kalamazoo, Indianapolis, Columbus, etc, etc. ?
Normally, a speed test like speedtest.net is going to try to find a server that gives the lowest latency, as higher latencies can start to cause issues when testing speeds.  Being that Exede, or any other satellite based ISP, has an incredibly high latency already, choosing one over the other for that speed becomes negligible.  Then it comes down to a reliable server.  Some or more reliable than others, but most are fine.  

But, keep on thing in mind.  Some speed tests, like speedtest.net, are multi threaded, and with a multi threaded test, the higher the latency, the more erroneous the results can be in comparison to your true speed due to a higher latency opening the door for more issues with the test itself.  

It's just a recommendation, but I would stick with Exede's own or testmy.net.  
 
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Wow.  Lot's of double posts lately.