[ILUG] OT - Measure broadband speed
paolo at marchiori.net
Tue Jan 22 19:15:42 GMT 2008
Robert Sweetnam wrote:
> What ISP are you using?
> Try downloading a Linux ISO from ftp.heanet.ie. Not sure if they would
> take to kindly to being used as a test but if you are looking for a
> particular distro then now would be a good time to grab it.
Agree. Furthermore, keep in mind that providers usually guarantee
/bandwidth/ - which is different from /latency/. Download /speed/ is
influenced more by the first than the latter, but ping /response-time/
is more latency- than bandwidth-related.
(in A.S. Tanenbaum words, never underestimate the bandwith of a
13-wheeler fully loaded with tapes) (which of course contain your daily
backup of the Internet). In a technologically underdeveloped country of
choice, someone invented his own market niche: selling "low-latency" but
"not-so-broad band" DSL connections to online gamers for funny amounts
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