Friday, September 25, 2009
Internet Connection Speed Test
I think I have a pretty good internet connection but many of my friends tell they have much faster connections. Here's a site that tests your upload and download speeds: Speedtest.net.
I don't know how reliable these are, but here are my results (avg. of five trials):
DOWNLOAD: 8290 kbps
UPLOAD: 8080 kbps
I'm pretty happy with my connection through the University of Toronto. Are there better ones out there?
There's another speed test at InterFrog.com. It gives a difference result for upload speeds.
In the first student labs we ran back in 1987 we downloaded DNA sequence files via a 28.8 kbps modem. That was 22 years ago and the connection speed has only increased about 300×. Doesn't Moore's Law say that the improvement should have been more than 1000-fold?