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Why Do I Use Speedtest.net?

November 18th, 2009

A few people have remarked on how much I rely on tests like www.speedtest.net.

There are many reasons why I like using speed tests, for one it helps quantify the issues being experienced in Gungahlin in a repeatable and standardised way. It is hard for many users to describe how poor the user experience actually is in Gungahlin. In many cases the users’ concerns are dismissed because they can not be articulated in a context that has meaning.

I have to admit that I used the speed test site to determine point in time upload and download speeds only. After doing the test I tweeted earlier tonight I had a look around the site a bit more and found a nugget of gold.

Speed Comparison 18Nov09

The scary thing is the actual results in the image above. If you wanted independant verification of your speeds against the average for the country then it is right there. Unfortunately Internode has changed IP address schemes in Canberra and the online databases have not managed to update yet. This means the IP address for my connection is still registered as being in Queensland and not in the ACT. That will update in time.

Doing these speed tests adds to a global database of informaiton gathered by others using the service. By doing a test your results are contributing to a resource others will gain benefit from.

How much more does one need to say about Gungahlin Broadband after looking at the graph? Not much, not much at all.

Performance Reports Released

September 23rd, 2009

I have finally managed to release the performance reports for June, July and August 2009. These reports have been posted in The Reports page of this site.

These reports are based on output from monitoring I am doing of the network. The Reports page outlines how I gathered this information. I have published the reports in PDF format so make sure you have an appropriate reader.

I will be releasing a report for September 2009 early next month, I encourage you to review the reports I have generated. You may be surprised at how congested the system appears to be.