said by DBM14386 :
What's the best program for testing my download speed?
Each method used can skew the results, some more than others, etc.
Programs that measure file downloads (larger files), tend to be more accurate. Networx has a Speed Meter, but you have to start/stop it.
Internet sites like Testmy, Speak Easy, FCC Broadband Test, etc., can give rough ballparks. But with Testmy, for upload tests of decent size, like 2.9 Mbytes, its good...for downloads, the result can be accurate if the testing is done the right way. Sometimes, I have to use 100 Mbyte file download.
I use various test sites and locations:
»www.ispcompared.com/internet-spe ··· test.htm
Also, a test site's location can make a difference.
Of course, if your pages are not loading within five seconds, and if Youtube is buffering, then you know you got a slow connection.
My main concerns are pages loading and video not buffering...having a 1 mbps download speed or 30 mbps download speed means nothing to me...just pages loading OK, and video playing OK...I can wait on file downloads, if needed.