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These servers support a Web100 linux kernel as part of the Net100 project to make a network aware OS.
If you try the various Web-100 tests around the country which run on very well connected servers, you should see your actual speed or close to it [these testers are good to 100 Mbps and beyond.]
The Web100 kernel is optimized to run speed tests on a very fast connection. Data shows you various TCP kernel variables for the transfer from the test server to your client applet.
Your browser's "Java console" may provide additional clues. You may also need to upgrade your browser's java run-time environment (JRE) from java.com; you should be running Java Run-time Environment Version 5.0, at least.
To date, Update 6 is the latest version of JRE:
»www.java.com/en/download/ie_auto.jsp [MS Internet Explorer]
Many users especially 15 Mbps/2 Mbps upgraded areas and 30 Mbps/5 Mbps BOOST users prefer these tests.
• »web100.rit.edu:7123/ (Rochester, NY)
• »jlab4.jlab.org:7123/ (Newport News, VA)
• »miranda.ctd.anl.gov:7123/ (Argonne, IL)
• »netspeed.stanford.edu/ (Palo Alto, CA)
• »nitro.ucsc.edu/ (Santa Cruz, CA)
• »speedtest.umflint.edu/ (Flint, Michigan)
• »whisper.cs.utk.edu:7123/ (Older version of the NDT tester)