[Internet] Speed Test Differences - Java vs. Flash
I was wondering what the difference is between the Java and Flash based speed tests on DSLReports.com. When I test my TW cable internet connection to say Parsippany, NJ with the Java test I get blistering speeds (~15,000 Kbps) when I test to the same location with the Flash test I get okay speeds (~3,000 Kb/s). I assume they are both measuring the same units kilobits. If they are both measuring the same units which should I use?
I ask because I am contemplating a switch to DSL from AT&T and their phone and cable (Dish network) as my TWC cost have gone from $125 to $160 in 18 months. Besides answering the above question are there any other recommendation, suggestion, words if advice that could help.
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Cook... I also have a "problem" with speed tests, but I find little difference between Flash- and Java-based tests. For me, the location of the server running these tests (in relation to your location) is more important. I usually see around a 5 Mbps difference between Speedtest dot net, my TWC's own test, and several others. When I change locations, I get speeds that vary quite a bit. Bottom line, try this test site: »myspeed.visualware dot com/index.php It tells a lot and is quite accurate. (remember to put a period where the word dot is located -- this site may not "approve" of direct links). Get back....
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There was a time when BBR's tests were good, and relevant. Those days are long gone. The fact that the graphical speedometer in the flash test tops out at 9mbps should be your first clue.
Now that we have testmy.net, speedtest.net and others, I don't think BBR puts a lot of effort into maintaining and modernizing their test applets, and ensuring that they're running on speedy connections. The west coast area test servers listed always give me pitiful results, and my real world usage indicates that such results are not the norm.
Thanks for the info. I have run a couple of test, one to Los Angeles and one to San Jose, using the site given ernliz. The results averaged out to about 16 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up with not much distance between them. I will continue testing a variety of locations at different times. Though this seems to confirm the Java test results that I have been getting.
Now my issue is I just called TWC about 30 minutes ago and spoke to a customer service rep who basically told me that the reason my TWC bill has gone up ~25% is that I was getting a promotional offer that expired. I stated that I just talked to AT&T and they were offering unlimited nationwide calling, Dish Network, and 6 Mbps DSL for about $90. He said that wasn't comparable to what I was getting through TWC. I said that the internet was faster through TWC but it didn't seem to justify a 50% price difference. I asked if there was some type of other offer I could get and he said no so I told him that is was nice doing business with TWC. I was a little shocked by his response actually.
The issue resulting from my confirmation of the internet speeds and consequent call to TWC might not be appropriate for this section of the forum. If that is the case let me know and I will repost that issue somewhere else.