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Verizon FIOS speedtest -- not happy with results

Verizon FIOS speedtest -- not happy with results

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Contributor shocklizzard
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I have run the speedtest multiple times...both using the verizon tool (http://my.verizon.com/micro/speedtest/broadband/) and speedtest.net.  Results are always in the range of 5.0 to 8.0 Mbps  I upgraded to the 35/35 data plan. Why should the results be so far off from the plan I am paying for?

 

I am running a Mac OS X Version 10.6.7.   I have rebooted.   My computer is clean and running well with no issues.  I am sitting right next to the Verizon supplied router when running the tests.

 

Anybody have any thoughts or suggestions?

 

Much appreciated

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Copper Contributor cbwoodstock91
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Dear shocklizzard,

 

                 The question is how acurate are the online speed tests? don't feel bad

you will find many online speed test , however i would like to share the following information with you

 

The way speedtest(any site) works or what does the ADSL speed test measures?

The ADSL speed test provides results taking as reference data download speed in the user PC or MAC, since the latter receives more information that it is sent when surfing the internet. Technically, the possibilities gathered by the ADSL speed test are measured by the elapsed time when the user starts downloading a file (TC=getTime), and when it finishes downloading, taking into account the size -in bytes- of the package sent. ADSL speed is measured by the quotient resulting from the time and the size of the package sent. For the test to measure the data properly, it will be necessary that the PC in which is performed the test is only using nothing other than a web browser with internet connection. Moreover, it is recommended to close all tabs and web browsers containing other websites. It's always advisable to perform the test with the highest amount of available resources, essential when tested in a LAN with other PCs using broadband.

 

My friend has fios service 20/5 and he checked his service speed in different sites, you can try too. I leave you

some sites if you want to compare

 

speedtest.verizon.net

19.94/4.479

speedtest.net (Tampa server)

20.49/4.2

speakeasy.net/speedtest (Atlanta server)

20.4/4.4

 

 

Let me know what happened

your friend charly brown

 

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@shocklizzard wrote:

I have run the speedtest multiple times...both using the verizon tool (http://my.verizon.com/micro/speedtest/broadband/) and speedtest.net.  Results are always in the range of 5.0 to 8.0 Mbps  I upgraded to the 35/35 data plan. Why should the results be so far off from the plan I am paying for?

 

I am running a Mac OS X Version 10.6.7.   I have rebooted.   My computer is clean and running well with no issues.  I am sitting right next to the Verizon supplied router when running the tests.

 

Anybody have any thoughts or suggestions?

 

Much appreciated


Based on your statement about proximity, I'm guessing you are running these test while connected wirelessly. For an accurate test, you need to be hardwired to the router. Once you run that test, you can figure out whether you are having trouble with the connection from Verizon or your wireless network. Where to begin troubleshooting depends on that answer.

 

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Several points:

 

As others have pointed out, wireless is NOT a good way to run a speed test. To many variables involved, and under the best of conditions, it is unlikely that  802.11g could provide reliable 35mbps performance,

 

35mbps service requires much more buffering for full performance than most systems have as a default. On PC's Verizon offers the high speed internet optimizer. Vista and Windows 7 dynamically adjust the buffers based upon usage. I don't know how to tweak the buffering scheme on a Mac, but you need to make sure it is large enough.

 

The other thing you may be able to do is run a speed test that actually provides some information about where the bottlenecks actually are. I don't know if  http://ndt.anl.gov  will work on a Mac or not. It is a Java application, so it may, but if you run it, in the additional information tab, and the statistics tab is information about the buffering, network congestion, and what portion of the time your performance is sender versus network limited. That should provide you with some some clues about what the issues are.

 

Generally with FiOS what is advertised, is what you get. FiOS is not sensitive to distance from the Central Office (CO), weather, quality of the copper pair from the CO etc.  I have FiOS 20/5 and it routinely tests at 19.5/5.8.

Contributor shocklizzard
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Well that was some great advice I received.  When I connect directly to my router via cable, the results from the various speed tests are excellent.  They are ~40 Mbps Upload by ~20 Mbps Download.  Since I am never connected directly to the router and rely completely on wifi in my house, I checked my speeds again.  I found that my speeds increased dramatically when I turned off the baby monitor I have for my daughter.  Additionally, I closed all other applications and safari windows on my Mac.  I also turned off my wireless printer and the wifi on my phone.  Even after taking all of those steps and testing once again over the wifi on my Mac, I am getting results of ~ 15 Mbps Upload by ~18 Mbps Download.  Is there an issue with my wireless network as to why the Upload speed is almost of third of what it is when connected directly to router?

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cbwoodstock91 wrote:

The question is how acurate are the online speed tests?  


Verizon's speedtest sites are very accurate because they are totally within Verizon's network.  They are the only sites that support will consider if a user thinks there is a problem with his speed.  Verizon has no control over routing or latency on other networks.

 


cbwoodstock91 wrote:

i would like to share the following information with you


The OP is looking for some help with his problem and not for you to cut and paste some text from another site about what a speed test is.  I'm pretty sure the OP knows what a speed test is..

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@shocklizzard wrote:

I checked my speeds again.  I found that my speeds increased dramatically when I turned off the baby monitor I have for my daughter.  Additionally, I closed all other applications and safari windows on my Mac.  I also turned off my wireless printer and the wifi on my phone.  Even after taking all of those steps and testing once again over the wifi on my Mac, I am getting results of ~ 15 Mbps Upload by ~18 Mbps Download.  Is there an issue with my wireless network as to why the Upload speed is almost of third of what it is when connected directly to router?


18/15 is a little low, but not untypical for an 802.11g connection.  As others have said, there are many factors that influence wireless speed.  A baby monitor and cordless phones can operate in the 2.4 Ghz band used by 802.11g.

 

One thing that you should certainly try is to go into the router and try changing the wireless channel.  The router defaults to automatic channel selection, which is not always the wisest choice.  Try setting channels 1, 6 and 11 and see which one gives you the best results.  You could have a neighbor on the same channel.  A wireless channel is shared with all devices on that channel, even a neighbors.

 

Contributor shocklizzard
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My cordless phone uses DECT, but yes the baby monitor is in the 2.4 Ghz band.

Yes I had previously changed the wireless channel from the default to one that is not used in my neighborhood. That was something I was aware of but any other suggestions are appreciated.
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If you haven't tried all the channels 1,6 &11 then I would highly recommend it. I can't tell from your post if you did all three. I usually find that one of those three work like magic where the others are marginal
Contributor shocklizzard
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It's been a couple of years since I did the wireless channel changes so I don't remember but I will certainly
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