Trying to test my line and the upoload always comes out slower, is this common?

spincut

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I have a fiber optic connection with 40mbs up and 40mbs down. I have tried various testing services, such speedtest.net and while my download yields excellent results (often times above 40mbs), my upload seems caught at 20mbs (which was also coindidentally the previous speed).

I called the guy who runs the service and he claims that this is normal for faster connections and that the upload measurements are often not "handleable" by most speed testing services. He then gave me a test of his own to use (presumably testing a direct connection between me and the server with no middle men) and it did yield the proper result.

However, every other speed test, and even real world applications such as torrenting, have all said otherwise. Again, I can easily attain an accurate download, but my upload, even when running several high demand torrents that rack up seeders quick and easily get a 2MBS upload going, always seems to cap my upload speeds just shy of 20mbs, I have to imagine this isnt all a coincidence and I have yet to find something to accurately throughput me to above 20mbs upload speed test or otherwise.

The excuse still is that with other bottlenecks plus the idea I guess that upload suffers from more overhead or something that this is normal, but I guess all the evidence I've seen vs. the one speed test he supplied is not sufficient for me (plus the speedtest.net test was just fine when it was a 20/20 connection, so I find it hard to beleive that it just is not able to give an accurate test of a 40/40 because it's too fast or something).

Does anyone have a reccomendation with an accurate internet broadband test I can fire back with? It's hard to replicate the torrent thing, but I do keep an eye on it whenever I fire up 3-4 torrents at once to see where my download goes and then where my upload goes since it's more than enough people on both ends to test the boundaries of my connection.
 

stiltner

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Put up an FTP server, have someone with 100mb down grab a file from you large enough to test the speed.

Use DUMeter on the server and / or client side.

There's no more accurate test than that IMO :)
 

WesM63

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speedtest.net is legit. If you check the networking gallery, you can clearly see 20+Mbps uploads.

They wouldn't be a decent speedtest site if they didn't have servers/links that could support higher than 20Mbps uploads.

Honestly, a DS3/T3 (45Mbps symmetrical) is pretty cheap in today's standards.
 

spincut

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speedtest.net is legit. If you check the networking gallery, you can clearly see 20+Mbps uploads.

They wouldn't be a decent speedtest site if they didn't have servers/links that could support higher than 20Mbps uploads.

Honestly, a DS3/T3 (45Mbps symmetrical) is pretty cheap in today's standards.

Well the guy tended to disagree, he said that for whatever reason (even though as I pointed out the speedtest meter was designed to accomodate well over 20+ speeds) that it's common for upload above 20mbs to be mismeasured and yield out a lower speed....not sure I fully buy it though.

I keep telling him I trust speedtest because it worked to accurately test the 20/20 connection and I wanted to keep it consistent, not use a test exclusively applied by him. Moreso, the download is measured even beyond 40mbs.

So yeah, i'm confused then.

And uh, I dont have the ability to set up an FTP server and do that, or maybe I dont know how.
 

panthal01

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Give this a go http://testmy.net/upload .

Try the largest file or the Smartest and let me know how it goes.

I've never tested with the kind of upload speed you have so im not sure how it will do but download wise its always been accurate,even with the advent of "powerboost" style services which tend to skew things :)

*** EDIT****


Tried the services for the first time in over a year. Seems very flaky now lol. It appears to have went downhill. Sorry sirs:(
 
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panthal01

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May want to give this a go even though you don't have their service,they typically have ass loads of bandwidth.

http://speedtest.comcast.net/


And there is always http://www.dslreports.com/tools Been a member of that site for over 10 years,good info can be had there usually in the forums for your particular provider

Here is also a list by state,choosing one with your state may help get accurate stats. http://www.dslreports.com/speedtest?more=1

And finally,give this a go,highly detailed info along with Speed
http://www.measurementlab.net/run-ndt

May want to temporarily put your computer in a DMZ for the last test for it to be accurate good luck with it all.

Edit**** For anyone that is interested in checking their connections for issues,if they are having problems (or just interested)there is http://n4.netalyzr.icsi.berkeley.edu/analysis/ its pretty impressive.
 
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Poplap

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these sites should be add to a sticky, was really revealing on what my ISP blocks and what it doesn't.
 
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