Tag Archives: speedtest

TDS Telecom’s Preferred ‘Speed Test’ Is That From Verizon.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. From: verizon.com/speedtest

Click to ENLARGE. ‘Fast.com’ from Netflix.

Yes, I know enough about speed tests to understand where TDS is coming from when they rely on Verizon for checking their Internet connection speeds.

Speed tests are fickle and subject to many variables — server speed and distance to the server being key among these.

If the server (i.e., computer), at the other end, being used for the speed test is slow (or congested) you are going to get slower results because the server is not pumping the data fast enough. Even worse on upload testing. Then there is the distance involved. Further the distance, the slower the results are going to be.

Speedtest.net‘, the original gold standard, now, invariably, tends to be on the slow side by 200Mbps (or more). It, as such, is only of use for comparisons.

I use ‘Fast.com‘ often. It is roughly in the right ballpark.

Verizon’s speed test was new to I, but I can understand why TDS likes it. It, more often than not, gives you the highest reading.

So, if you are looking for an Internet speed test you now have the scoop. Hope that helped.

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by Anura Guruge

Fast.com, The Fast New Way To Check Internet Download Speeds (By Netflix).

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and view here. Go to fast.com to try it out. Automatic.

It is by Netflix BUT you DON’T have to be a Netflix customer.

Works, around the world, on ANY device.

Automatic. You don’t have to press a ‘START’ button.

But only does, from what I can see, DOWNLOAD speed. No upload speed.

Seems pretty accurate — though not 100%. Interesting that it says, right there, to compare against “speedtest.net” — the doyen of speedtests.

Given that I am in New Hampshire I use “gstnetworks.net” when I want a quick read and then use “speedtest.net” if I want to explore more. I will probably still use “gstnetworks.net” — since it does give me UPLOAD speed, and I need to know that.

But try “fast.com” out. It is NEAT.

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by Anura Guruge

I Already Have 105 Mbps (+) With MetroCast. Thank YOU MetroCast. MetroCast Rocks.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and admire.


With ‘speedtest.net’.


With ‘gstnetworks.net’, same technology as ‘speedtest.net’ BUT quicker and easier to run.

I being who I am started checking yesterday to see IF Metrocast has bumped up my speed from 75 Mbps to 105 Mbps.

Today it has. Getting close to 107 Mbps and 12 Mbps UPLOAD. I am delighted. This is great. WOW.

I am SO happy. The UPLOAD. 50% increase and that is wonderful for I since I do so many uploads — photos, images and documents (i.e., read ‘books‘).

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>> 75Mbps Internet From Metrocast

by Anura Guruge

Sling TV Video Loading & Playback Errors — A Known Problem, NO SOLUTION!

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by Anura Guruge

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IF you are having PROBLEMS with Sling Television YOU are NOT alone.

They, i.e., Sling, is having a LOT of problems. They know about it — but they don’t know how to fix it.

First thing you should check. See IF Sling has ANY bandwidth.

Just because your device, e.g., Roku, has bandwidth does NOT mean that the Sling channel has bandwidth! I know. It is crazy.

In Sling hit the ‘*‘ button until you get a menu that has ‘TV …. SETTINGS‘.

Go to SETTINGS. Use the ‘About’ or ‘Connection’ tab to see how bandwidth Sling has. IF it says 0.00Mbps YOU are screwed. STOP at that point. Until that figures gets up to 1.7Mbps or more YOU are well and truly screwed.

Use the Roku Speedtest to check that you still have bandwidth to the Roku. Most cases the Roku will be fine.

Now it becomes a waiting game. Do not just sit on Sling. Get out go back … get out go back or just go and watch another channel for 30 minutes.

Yes, very frustrating. Call them up and complain. I do at least once a day!

MetroCast 75Mbps Internet Service In Alton Had Issues Last Night/This Morning.

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by Anura Guruge

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Just a heads up.

Most of you were probably asleep. We are taking around mid-night and continuing past 1:20 am.

The service was up BUT it was slow, intermittent and had TCP/IP issues. Most of the time you could not complete a speedtest! The speedtest would time out. Never seen that before.

But all seems well now. So just documenting this. OK?

~11:35 am Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Alton, NH.

Click to ENLARGE and study here.

First image from gstnetworks.net my preferred, quick-and-easy, speedtest.

Second is from the more elaborate speedtest.net.
I use the Comcast node in Boston
as opposed to the default node in Portland, ME.
Comcast has more bandwidth!

BOTH, however, use OOKLA technology.

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GSTNetworks.Net (Granite State Communications) Has A New (Ookla) SpeedTest Interface.

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by Anura Guruge

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Use gstnetworks.net to access the ‘GST Networks‘ speedtest — based on the same  Ookla technology as used by speedtest.net.

The results, i.e., bandwidth readings, haven’t changed — and that is good.

New interface identifies ISP, in my case MetroCast. That is neat.

Just wanted to share this with YOU.

gstnetworks.net, which is lightweight and nifty, is ALWAYS my preferred means of checking my bandwidth. IF gstnetworks.net gives me a decent reading I leave at that. These days I only use speedtest.net IF I have to do some ‘diagnostics’ to see what is wrong with my bandwidth. I recommend that you do the same. Start with IF gstnetworks.net.