Just call me Speedy

I’ve notice better internet speeds lately so I did a speed test for my internet service.  I’ve attached three earlier tests for comparison.


March 2011  (DSL)

Speedtest Mar 11

January 2013  (Cable Internet)

Speedtest jan13b

January 2014   (Cable Internet)

 Speedtest jan 14

July 2014   (Cable Internet)  Charter Spectrum Internet

Speedtest july 2014

The results are interesting and confusing.  In January of 2013 I had a Grade of A –  Better than 92% of the country.  Yet today’s test with speeds 3 times faster gives me a B+  –  Better than 77% of the country.  That tells me that almost everyone’s internet speeds are increasing rapidly.




15 thoughts on “Just call me Speedy

  1. My connection speeds up and slows down throughout the day, depending on what folks along the path are doing. You might want to try to change the server you are connecting to for a more realistic reading. By default Speedtest.net picks a server close to you. Pick one on the other side of the country, or across the pond and compare the results.


  2. I would say the grading system is skewed way off. I don’t think it’s even close to 23% of the ‘residential’ US getting better then 100 Mb/s down. Perhaps Ookla gathers its data from it’s own test results – people who pay for faster connections usually are more conscientious about testing speeds than the average joe with limited knowledge/concern.

    100 down is extremely good compared to most of the US – I think the average is about 15. Price-wise it is about par if you are paying ~$100/mth. Extremely good if you are paying ~$60-70/mth. Strangely, your up sucks – 5 up is terrible in comparison to 100 down. You should be somewhere in the neighborhood of 15-25 up for 100 down. You should probably look at your provider’s package details and see if you are getting what you are paying for.

    Speedtest.net is 1 of the 2 most popular for checking. The other one is:
    I always use both to double check. I would also check multiple times of the day – particularly the 7pm-1am primetime block when almost every providers traffic takes a hit because of all the Netflixing. With a good provider ahead of the infrastructure curve you won’t see any performance drop. If they have poor infrastructure you will see something between a 25-75% drop in speed.
    Hope this is helpful.


    • Same cable provider in all but the first example. The fist example was DSL thru the phone company. When I first moved and got cable the rate was about 30Mbps same as the old house. The cable company did an upgrade to their internet and TV system in late May or early June that gave everyone faster service .


    • Truth be told I was happy with my 30 Mbps too…. but the faster speed costs me the same. They just upgraded the whole system.


  3. Like taking my blood pressure, it depends on too many things for a spot check to give a good reading of “normal”.


  4. I fell for the “go wireless” sale talk when I moved to this house. My connection was unstable all the time, max. download speed around 6 or 7.
    I have cable now and my download speed is 92 ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. I’m just happy I no longer use a 300 baud modem. And for that matter, I’m glad I don’t use an analog phone either. And rotary dial phones. And party lines. And a 286 computer.


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