Tuesday, January 19, 2010

How fast is your Internet Connection

You can test your Internet connection speed using a number of free services. Try them out and see how yours rates. It is recommended that you try a few services and connect to multiple remote servers and average the connections. Here are a few that we have used:
Remember, there are a couple of factors that can affect the results from the speed test sites.
  1. Traffic on your home network. If you (or someone sharing your home network) are downloading a bunch of stuff when you run the test, you are already using some of your capacilty, and your results will be lower than if the speed test were the only connection running at the time.
  2. Load on the test server's network connection. If the server you are connecting to is on a slow network, or if it is really busy, you might get slow test results. So, try several different servers, and look for the higher results.
Let us know how you fare.

PBT Goes Broadband!

On January 1, 2010, PaulBunyan Telepone upgraded their standard DSL service from 1Mb to 10Mb. Woo hoo!!!!

Prior to this upgrade, it was nearly impossible to watch any streaming video, such as HULU, MiroTV or Netflix. Even YouTube was choppy on the PBT network.

Now it is quite practical. Wonderful, in fact. You can stream a movie, download some podcasts and surf the web all at the same time. Thank you PBT!

Sorry for the long lag time...

It's been way too long since our last post. We'll make a commitment to keep things more current this year.