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Google Is Testing Its Own Internet Speed Test In Search Results (thenextweb.com) 43

An anonymous reader writes: Everyone appears to have a speed test of their own nowadays. Netflix launched fast.com more than a month ago; SourceForge released their new HTML5 speed test soon after. Google appears to want a piece of the action as they are trying out a way for people to check their internet speed by simply typing "check internet speed" into search. The tests are performed by Google's Measurement Lab tools, and were first spotted by Pete Meyers, who posted a screenshot of the feature and discovered a Google Support webpage detailing how it works. The feature has not been widely released yet, but it's possible we'll see it made more widely available soon.
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Google Is Testing Its Own Internet Speed Test In Search Results

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  • First (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 29, 2016 @03:06AM (#52411327)

    internet is fast enough for me!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Must be a regional thing. Not working in Spain.

    • Must be a regional thing. Not working in Spain.

      Nor in my backwards country Kerry forgot about.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Countdown until legal action from the speed testing sites that they're stealing traffic and users from. They already had this problem with maps and shopping, they just never learn.

    • I doubt legal action.

      Mostly it's major ISPs that offer speed testing, e.g. Comcast.

      The trick is that they offer the test from a customer node within their network, to a test server node also within their network, which avoids crossing one or more peering points.

      That actually only gives you "last mile" speeds, which don't represent real world expected performance.

      A lawsuit would make this information very "in your face" for the general public, and stir up the whole NetFlix/peering controversy again, and that

    • So they make the search term you would naturally type in to find their competitors be the cue to run their own service. Nice job if you can get it.

  • by berchca ( 414155 ) on Wednesday June 29, 2016 @07:59AM (#52412041) Homepage

    Doing a quick test of speed is fine, but what about ongoing records, automatically recorded? It's a very common story for actual internet speeds not to match advertised speeds (be that truth or exaggeration). While a single speed test might reveal underperformance, charting performance over time would be far more revealing.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      $work is doing just this in the UK (we also work closely with the UK communications regulator, Ofcom).

      https://www.actual-experience.com/actualhome/ [actual-experience.com]

      We don't just focus on speed, we calculate a quality score based on a number of parameters.

  • Not available in France right now :(

  • by Andrio ( 2580551 ) on Wednesday June 29, 2016 @09:48AM (#52412615)

    So the other day, my internet was very slow, I did a speed test on speedtest.net, and it reported about 25Mpbs, which is exactly what my internet is supposed to be.

    But it didn't seem right, because every site was painfully slow. So I went to speedof.me and did a speed test, and I was getting like 1.5Mbps, which was definitely more accurate.

    The other day I overheard a Comcast commercial where they mentioned that they're number 1 on speedtest.net. So, I came to the very obvious conclusion that Comcast deliberately makes sure to un-throttle your internet when doing a speedtest on speedtest.net (and who knows where else).

    • You know, this is a business opportunity for Speedtest.net. They should start selling VPN

    • by Anonymous Coward

      If speedtest.net connected you to the closest server, that happens to be near/on Comcast infrastructure, that would explain it.

      Pick a test server host further away, and see what happens.

  • by spudnic ( 32107 )

    I can understand ISPs wanting to have their own speed test available for their customers within their network, but what benefit does making this available offer for other companies?

    What is the ROI for SourceForge having its own speed test?

  • I see this more as a way to test their servers more so than our own connections... well, at least when testing from Gigabit FTTH

    CenturyLink: 535 / 727mbps (the fastest I've ever gotten from my ISP's test server. Usually in the 200mbps range)
    Comcast: 470 / 819mbps
    Speedtest.net Sprint Seattle: 657 / 751mbps
    SourceForge: 282 / 133mbps (usual speeds when testing)
    Netflix Fast.com: 44mbps (the fastest I've ever gotten, I usually get around 10mbps from them)
    MeasurementLab.net: 71 / 67mbps
    SpeakEasy.net: 500 / 896 mb

    • If you want a good test of your bandwidth use dslreports.com/speedtest [dslreports.com]. It connects to a variety of servers and locations instead of straight from your home to your ISP like what often happens on speedtest.net.
      • by darkain ( 749283 )

        I'm getting similar results with that site: 367 / 906 mbps. So once again, downstream from the remote servers is being over-saturated, whereas upstream to the servers is mostly idle. (note: multiple tests ran, all within similar ranges)

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