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Internet Connection Speed Analysis

While bandwidth prices are slowly declining, it is still quite common that some Internet Providers try to influence the traffic consumption of their customers by manipulating transfer speeds. The most common form of this is adding artificial limits, for instance to make certain transfers, P2P for instance, slower than others.

Up until recently customers had little possibilities to detect traffic shaping. The Internet connection speed analysis that is part of the tool collection at M-Lab Measurement Lab gives consumers the tools to identify these types of connection problems.

Measurement Lab was founded by the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, the PlanetLab Consortium, Google Inc., and academic researchers.

Internet Connection Speed Analysis

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Glasnost test

It provides access to onlinetools, some of which have been mentioned earlier on Ghacks. The tools that are provided on the MLAB website are (crossed out tools are no longer available. Make sure you read the update below):

  • Network Diagnostic Tool - Test your connection speed and receive sophisticated diagnosis of problems limiting speed.
  • Glasnost - Test whether BitTorrent is being blocked or throttled.
  • Network Path and Application Diagnosis - Diagnose common problems that impact last-mile broadband networks.
  • DiffProbe (coming soon) -Determine whether an ISP is giving some traffic a lower priority than other traffic.
  • NANO (coming soon) -Determine whether an ISP is degrading the performance of a certain subset of users, applications, or destinations.

Only three of the tools are currently accessible on the M-Lab website. The Internet connection speed analysis can be run directly on the website without having to install third party software programs. The only requirement is the latest Java Runtime Environment to be able to run the diagnostics.

Each analysis provides results and the means to interpret those results. To achieve best results a server closest to you should be selected when you run the test. The only situation where this should not be done is if you need to analyze the connection to a specific region. The speed analysis provides the means to identify problems with the connection or certain protocols.

Update: You now find additional network related tools available on the M-Lab website. The tools don't rely any longer on plugins such as Java or Flash. You can run them in any modern browser directly.

  • Neubot - Tests network performance and application-specific bandwidth throttling periodically.
  • ShaperProbe - Tries to find out whether an ISP is shaping the traffic.
  • BISmark - Test Internet connectivity over time
  • Pathload 2 - Displays the bandwidth a connection provides
  • WindRider - Runs tests to see if a mobile provider performs service or application specific differentiation
  • SideStream - Collects statistics about TCP connections.
  • MobiPerf -- Measures network performance on mobile platforms.
  • OONI Probe -- Measures use cases of network interference.
Internet Connection Speed Analysis
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Internet Connection Speed Analysis
The article takes a look at the Internet connection test tools of Measurement Lab which help you find out if your ISP or someone else throttles your speed.
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    1. mrogi said on March 21, 2009 at 10:47 am

      If you detect that your Internet Provider is limiting your connection speed, so what? There aint a gattdam thing you can do about it.

      1. Martin said on March 21, 2009 at 11:06 am

        Well it depends. I live in a place where we can select from dozens of Internet Providers and it is easy to change to another one. If you live in a rural area or somewhere where one Internet Provider has a monopoly it could be problematic.

    2. akacha said on January 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm

      can my facebook

    3. Georg Boekhoudt said on June 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks for this

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