Remember that the result of the speed test does not reflect your actual connection speed. When performing a speed test on an ADSL line, we have to take into consideration the distance from our ADSL line to the ADSL central. Therefore, the speed shown will not always represent 100% the speed of your connection. For 1mbs connections the average download speed is 800kbps whereas the upload speed is 220kbps, for 2mbs 1600-1700 kbps for download and so on and so forth for this type of connection. For 20mbs connection, the actual speed provided in UK does not go over 43% of the flow, that's why a connection offering 8500kbps can be considered better that an average one.
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There's more than meets the eye when performing an ADSL speed test. Whenever you measure your DSL or ADSL broadband speed, you have to take into consideration that packets travel through broad band.
The test must also take into consideration the technology used to deliver these packets and the variants that may fluctuate in your ADSL speed. To get results as accurate as possible, our internet test was developed with the most sophisticated speed test techniques by using servers spread throughout the world so that the speed test could be as consistent as possible when users surf the web.
When it comes to preparing our speed test, since the test design must be clear and user-friendly, we also need to consider the presentation and accuracy of the results provided.
To perform an ADSL upload test, we use a default amount of UDP packets of uniform size at a rate slightly higher than the nominal tested ADSL. In order to perform a test with a slightly higher rate than the one that is recommended by the default, it is necessary to saturate the broadband test.
The processes in our servers dedicated to test ADLS speed, return an echo of the packets sent as they reach the server. The time difference, T, is measured between the arrival from the first to the last packet the user receives.
A server traffic generator is reserved for the speed test, generating download traffic for ADSL users.
It is a process specifically designed to receive that kind of information, measuring the arrival time of packets.
Given the nature of ADSL connection (where download speed is much greater than upload) the client cannot create an echo of the packets sent.
In this case it is used the same user PC to measure the download speed of the ADSL user.