testing your actual internet speed

I have long suspected that Internet Service Providers give priority to pings  from apps or websites that check the speed of your Internet connection to fool you into thinking you have a faster connection.  The best I can get where I live is Telekom Malaysia’s 8 Mbps connection.  When I use a speed test it comes out from 2 to 6 download speed, with naturally a much slower upload speed.

But, for example, this morning my connection is really really slow.  Nevertheless, such a speed test gave the result of 4 Mbps download and 500 Kbps upload speed.  Which couldn’t be right.



Netflix has a new Android and Apple app for testing download speed called “Fast”. The app is free and you don’t need to be a subscriber.  Testing with this a few times showed download speeds ranging between 570 Kbps and 160 Kbps.  Which I would think is much more accurate.  Fast has sometimes over the months I have used it showed speeds of up to 4Mbps, showing I sometimes get somewhere approaching what I am paying for. But basically this connection is not so great.

The Internet speed I get from the mobile phone’s 4G connection is almost always much faster than the TM ADSL connection.


Pinging is sending a small information packet over the Internet and using the time it takes to return to estimate speed.
Kbps is Kilobits per second
Mbps is Megabits per second
Internet speed and network speed is measured in Kbps and Mbps
MB is Megabytes, and used for measuring data size, such as of a file, photo etc. A Megabyte is eight times the size of a Mb.


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