Well it gets even worse, the speed of light in copper is only about 2/3 the
speed it is in a vacuum.... :)
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 10:45:16 +0000
From: Proinnsias Breathnach <proinnsias at linux.ie>
Subject: Re: [ILUG] OT - Measure broadband speed
To: ilug at linux.ie
Message-ID: <20080123104516.GV18024 at project-bob.org>
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On Wed, Jan 23, 2008 at 10:11:28AM +0000, Justin Mason wrote:
>> > All the "speed tests" do is measure the speed between you and the server
> > running the speed test. This gives very little indication as to whether
> > your connection will be any good in any other circumstances...
>> Hence, you pick a representative remote server. In fact it's a pretty
> good illustration of the "overall view", in my opinion.
Fair enough, but the point remains : 2Mbit DSL @ 48:1 contention means
you're possibly getting 2048/48 kbps = 42.666 kbps or dialup speeds.
Ping times, I know they're important, but I've yet to see an ISP that
gives a hoot about them in their T&C, they're very hard to guarantee
outside of LANs / LAN extensions anyways, and the speed of light in a
vacuum is only so fast !
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