Speed Does Matter.

A speed test measures the last-mile speed of your connection – the value promised by your service provider – using a server that is geographically closest to you.  It will not measure the actual transfer speed of a file over the internet.  No matter how fast your provider’s network is, your connection will only be as fast as the last mile.

Speed tests have access to servers around the country.  To get the most accurate speeds try running the speed test to 3 different servers. Be aware of potential CPU load, which could be a cause for intermittent slowness. To change your server for the speed test on http://www.speedtest.net, it’s a few easy steps.

Step 1 – You will see a map of the United States with stars and triangles on it. By hovering your mouse cursor over the stars you can see the servers for that star.

Step 2 – Please select a server by highlighting the server and clicking on it. This will begin you speed test for that specific server.

Step 3 – To run another speed test after the first one has finished, you will see on the upper right hand side of the United States map “New Server”. Please select “New Server” and this will take you back to the United States map with the stars and triangles and we can go back to Step 1.

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Here are some interesting facts – be aware of how fast or slow your speeds really are. 

WOW!  10 mbps Download and 2 mbps Upload!  That’s amazing!!  Right?  At those speeds I should be able to download an entire DVD in…

 1 DVD = 4 Gigabytes

4 Gigabytes is 4000 Megabytes

So at 10 Mbps the math would be 4000 / 10 = 400 seconds!  WOW!!  An entire DVD in 6.6 Minutes!

 Actually no.  You see, here’s the problem.  Mbps does not = MegaBytes per second.  Mbps = MegaBits per second.

 Let’s quickly get familiar with the Math of the Verizon FIOS Ad above using 10 mbps:

Speed

KiloBit

KiloByte

MegaBit

MegaByte

GigaBit

GigaByte

Abbreviation

kbps

KBps

mbps

MBps

gbps

GBps

10 mbps conversion

10000

1250

10

1.25

0.01

0.00125

Reference:  Numion.com has a GREAT Data Unit converter I highly recommend!

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