A speed test for you to try

(Update:  see our new speed test here.)

When I check into a hotel or log in at a public wifi location, I sometimes do a “speed test”.  The goal of course is partly just to make sure that I have successfully logged in or have successfully entered an access code.  And to test to see how fast the Internet connection is.

I am tickled to be able to report that we at OPLF have set up a speed test which everyone can use.  The speed test, unfortunately, requires that your system has “Flash”.  Most smart phones and tablets do not have Flash.  So the speed test is generally available only for laptop and desktop computers.

Who would like to receive a free super spiffy OPLF digital multimeter?  Maybe you already have an OPLF digital multimeter?  This one is new and more spiffy.  In addition to the features of our original digital multimeter, this device measures current and has an audible continuity indicator.  (It can be set to beep when there is continuity.)  This new device does auto-ranging;  with our original multimeter you had to select the range.

So if you’d like to receive one of our super spiffy new OPLF digital multimeters, just be one of the first three people to post a comment in which you report the results of at least two speed tests — a speed test result using your favorite speed test that you have used in the past (a speed test hosted by someone other than OPLF) and a speed test result using our new speed test.  It would be interesting to see how the results compare.

10 Replies to “A speed test for you to try”

  1. As a follow up to my test results, when I go to the speedtest.net site, from the links at the bottom of the Oppedahl speed test, I get results similar to my favorite speed test. Are you hosting the speed test on your server (ie transferring files between the computer running the test and your server) or are you pointing to the Ookla server network? If the first, my guess is that your server or internet connection or maybe ISP is the bottleneck. If the second, maybe you hardcoded the speed test server to one close to you in some configuration window/file, which will penalize people far from your location.

    1. Yes we are hosting the speed test on one of our firm’s servers which is connected with one of our Internet data lines.

      This permits three sources of slowness to slow down a test result — the speed of your own data connection, the many hops of the internet between your location and our location, and the speed of our data connection.

      I’d guess the middle factor is the predominant factor explaining the slow speed tah you observed.

  2. Your speedtest server gives 8.41 down, 21.64 up. Speedtest’s recommended local server (Philadelphia, PA) gives 72.02 down, 94.09 up. I tried it earlier, and your server gave an even more dramatic difference between the two readings, but I didn’t note the exact numbers. So there is some sort of a bottleneck in the long-distance connection. But which way is “down” and which way is “up”? I have seen both usages in patent applications, and it gets confusing when the USPTO examiner doesn’t realize he’s holding one of the references upside-down.

  3. From all the comments I think that the bottleneck may be in the upload speed allowed by the server on which the speed test is located, which may be at around 7-10 Mbps max. That would make sense as many ISPs allow much smaller upload speeds than download speed. My nominal upload speed is 8 Mbps, while my nominal download speed in 30 Mbps.

    1. You are quite right when you point out that when visiting our speed test server, your “download” speed is capped by our “upload” speed. (And your “upload” speed is capped by our “download” speed.) Our nominal upload speed for this particular server is around 8 Mbps, which is comparable to yours. Our nominal download speed is supposedly 40 Mbps, but we often see a speed that is more like 26 Mbps.

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