Do you sometimes wonder actually how fast your internet connection provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) with local server, as well as foreign country server? Sometimes wanted to do some test to show your ISP service center how bad is your internet connection? Or even sometimes want to show off to your friend that your internet speed is blazing fast? Or simply just for fun you want to know your broadband quality?
Internet Speed Test
Try speedtest.net. Speedtest.net performs three key measurements used to determine the overall quality and performance of your Internet connection.
The speed at which data is sent from the Internet to your computer
The speed at which data is sent from your computer to the Internet
The time it takes in milliseconds for a small piece of data to be sent from your computer to the Internet and back
Internet Quality Test
Besides, they also have their pingtest.net went beta. Pingtest.net performs three key measurements used to determine the overall quality and performance of your Internet connection.
The percentage of packets sent to a server that never arrive
The time it takes for a packet to travel from your computer to a server and back
The variance in ping measurements where zero means all were the same
You might ask are these two benchmarking sites are useful/important? Yes or No I would say. It depends on your application obviously. You might someday have a very important call via VOIP and wanted to make sure that the internet connection is working fine, then they are useful enough. Or may be you want to prove that your connection is very slow, which doesn’t match with the ISP policy, you can test the speed and send them the result. In term of broadband, speed is not equal to quality. While you can have a 100Mbits broadband connection, but if the quality is in a low down, I doubt you can enjoy the high speed, due to the high latency/high ping/high jitter etc. So, remember these two sites, speedtest.net and pingtest.net, it can be quite useful when you need it.