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Internet Auto Speed Tester, Test Your Internet Speed

How fast is your Internet connection? I get 50 Mbit download currently and 10 Mbit upload which is mighty fine. Would not have a problem with faster speeds though, as you can imagine. But the speeds are more or less maximums, it is not guaranteed that I always get the speeds. You need to test your Internet speed if you suspect that your Internet Service Provider is running your connection on a lower speed maximum. But testing the Internet speed is not always about the provider. Maybe you want to test downloads on one of your web servers over time, to see how reliable or speedy they are.

Enter Auto Speed Tester, a freeware for Windows that can run Internet speed tests regularly on the system.

The core interface of the software program has a few issues, like buttons that do not show up at first or button text that is not displaying correctly on the button. Those are minor issues but things the developer should fix to turn the application into a professionally looking software.

auto speed tester

New users need to click on the Configs button in the main interface to configure the application before first usage. The configuration can also be opened via Menu > Configuration.

The three important configuration pages are download, upload and Ping/IP. The download test files are configured in the download tab. A pulldown menu next to the Main Test File url opens a list of suitable speed test files, ranging from 1 Megabyte to 1 Gigabyte in size. You should pay attention to the country extension to pick a location next to your physical location. This is unfortunately the only indicator of a test file's location in the world.

speed test configuration

Nothing needs to be configured under the upload tab, unless you want to switch from uploading to the default ftp server to another ftp server. You need to enter the ftp server IP or hostname, user name and password in that case.

The Ping and IP tab runs ping, packetloss, jitter and IP lookup tests. The test server for the commands can be modified here, and specific tests disabled if you do not want to run them.

Auto Speed Tester runs the selected tests once every 60 minutes. You can change the interval in the main program window.

internet speed

All previous Internet speed tests are displayed here as well. You see the date and time, download and upload speed in KB/s, the ping and if you scroll vertically the packetloss, jitter and the public IP assigned to your computer or device.

A chart on the right displays the same values, averages at the bottom right show the all time best performance, and the best performance of the month, week and day.

You can send the program to the system tray where it will run the tests in the background. This reduces the program's memory footprint considerably. You may notice speed drops due to those tests when you work with the computer. But since it usually does not take longer than 30 seconds to complete the tests, it should not interfere with work to much.

The core benefits of the program are that it runs Internet speed tests over time, and that all tests can be customized.

Interested users can download the latest version of JackDinn's Auto Speed Tester from the developer website. The program is compatible with all 32-bit and 64-bit client and server editions of Windows from Windows XP to the very latest Windows 7.

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  1. JackDinn said on April 4, 2011 at 12:05 pm
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    Hi,
    Just read your review , thx for the interest and linking to my site.

    I was a little concerned about your problems with the buttons , I have had problems with them before but thought i had fixed all that a while ago. I test on xp win7 & vista before uploading the app and iv not seen that particular problem since i thought i had addressed it.

    I shall have a double check on win7 (as that looks like what your using).

    In the end i might have to re-write the buttons all together if i get more than 1 or 2 comments about it happening , but so far this is the first iv heard of it.

    Many thx again for your write up , its much appreciated :D

    Cheers,
    JackDinn.

  2. JackDinn said on April 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm
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    Ok iv had a look and i think iv found what your referring to , can you please re-download the installation file (from my site) and install.

    Please let me know if the problem is corrected.

    Many thx.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm
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      Yes that fixed it, great work. Buttons now display correct as well.

  3. noiseboy said on April 4, 2011 at 7:25 pm
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    best bit of speed testing software I have ever found!! AND ITS FREE ;o)

  4. Robert Palmar said on April 4, 2011 at 7:31 pm
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    Another nice find. Thanks, Martin.

    I cannot get your speeds in Manhattan
    New York if I wanted to and I do.
    Not for my building anyway.

    Verizon FIOS looks to be a distant dream.

  5. jasray said on April 4, 2011 at 9:50 pm
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    Does one have any legal recourse if the ISP fails consistently to provide the agreed upon speeds when signing the contract? In this little town, we have nothing else, the ISP, Emery-Telcom, sells 6MB down for $50/month. Rarely do we get more than 3MB and on weekends–nothing even measurable. Although a number of us call, they do have the monopoly. What to do?

  6. JackDinn said on April 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm
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    Afraid you a little stuck, If you have any LLU services in your exchange (check SamKnows.com) you might fare a little better. If your speeds consistently drop bellow the “red” zone on the bt speed checker (600Kb/s) you might have a case, although i wouldn’t hold your breath. The only other thing is getting your town/village together to pay for an isp to come and un-bundle your exchange or even lay fiber.

    Good luck.

  7. JackDinn said on April 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm
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    Please ignore my “UK biased” previous post, My mistake not noticing the $ sign in your comment “$50/month”

    Sorry :-/

  8. JackDinn said on April 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm
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    ********** Changing the download test file (url) ***************

    To change the default download test file url you should use the pulldown menu in the blue boxed area at the bottom of the setting window (for the default testing method).

    I have been getting a couple of help requests about this, I should have “grayed out” the settings that do not apply to the 2 different testing methods not just used the blue box. However its all explained in the JDast help file.

    Thx.

  9. jackdinn said on January 27, 2012 at 5:08 am
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    Please could you update the info on this software as it now has a new web site URL & its version is now 16.7 (stable)

    http://www.gmwsoftware.co.uk

    Many thx,
    JackDinn.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 27, 2012 at 9:35 am
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      Jack, I have replaced the url. Thanks for letting me know about it.

      1. jackdinn said on January 27, 2012 at 9:40 am
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        Many thx, I do get quite a bit of traffic directed through here so its appreciated.

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