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Gone are the days when those who have Internet connection at their homes had to suffer congested lines and super-slow connection speeds which are provided by dial-up modem services.

As the demand for higher-speed Internet services has increased, more and more subscribers are switching to broadband Internet – choosing it over the traditional dial-up Internet services.

To have a deeper understanding of the reason behind the high demand of consumers when it comes to broadband Internet services, take a look at its benefits:

1. Broadband Internet allows an individual to free up the phone lines while connecting to the Internet at the same time. If you have a dial-up modem, this is not possible because you will be using the phone line to connect to the Internet – unless you have two separate phone line.

2. With broadband Internet services, you can finish uploading or downloading data at a speedier rate.

3. Browsing through web pages using a broadband Internet connection is much faster.

4. Your online activities will be optimized if you have broadband Internet services, from instant messaging, Internet calling to file sharing.

5. More importantly, broadband Internet is more cost-effective as compared to dial-up Internet services.

Broadband Speed Test: Its Definition and How it Works

If you already have a broadband Internet connection at home, you may have stumbled upon sites which offer free broadband speed tests.

How exactly do broadband speed tests work? Are they accurate? What benefits will you get if you try an online speed checker to determine the speed of your broadband connection?

First, let us define what broadband Internet speed tests actually do. As the name implies, this type of test will help you calculate or determine the speed of your Internet connection.

When you visit a site which offers free broadband Internet speed testing – it works in such a way that when you click on the button to begin the testing – a file will be downloaded from a server.

In some cases, a file will also be uploaded from a server. After the test is finished, the average upload and download speed will be measured. This way, you will know whether your Internet Service Provider or ISP is living up to its promise of giving you a particular broadband Internet speed.

Broadband Speed Test: Does this "Speed Checker" Really Work?

As you can see from the aforementioned explanation, the way that broadband Internet speed tests work is exceedingly simple. As such – there may be instances when the results are not 100% accurate.

For example, if you are from the United Kingdom and you go to a broadband Internet speed test site which is based in the US – the results of the test may vary.

This is why it is recommended that you visit local sites within the UK if you want to determine your broadband Internet speed through online speed checkers.

However, the good thing about these broadband Internet speed tests is that they can be used if you are experiencing a problem with your speed or connection. If the results of the speed test is way off from the download or upload speed that you are expecting from your ISP – then you can call them up to have your Internet connection checked.

Article Author : Caroline Telford

A broadband speed test will determine if your internet is connected at a high speed. High speed internet provides people and businesses a faster method to connect world wide and many people choose to find better internet providers that will provide this service.

Many internet service providers will advertise that they can provide the fastest speed but unless broadband speed tests are done you will never know if you have the right amount of speed to upload or download files.

In order to be online all the time, a high speed connection will need to be used. Dial up modems don’t allow that and you have to wait to connect to the internet. Businesses and individuals requiring access to the internet daily need to rely on the effectiveness of high speed connections. This is a necessity when you are running your own business, especially if it is from your home. Counting on your clients for income requires a fast internet connection that is reliable.

The faster the connection, the better your downloads and uploads will be. Most internet providers think that their clients do not need the allotted speed on a frequent basis. The end result is too many clients who use their solutions all at the same time, making internet connections slower. You will need to do your research and compare several internet providers before you sign the contract with a particular company. Otherwise you could be disappointed as to the amount of internet speed you are working with. This could translate into lost income or an unhappy family.

Over a hundred programs offer broadband speed tests when you sign onto the internet. The cost is for free. A program can detect your connection and decide the speed based from upload and download rates. Use several broadband speed tests using different programs.

If the program that does your speed is slower than what the provider has promised, it may not be the entire fault of the provider. Ineffective processors or too many applications can slow down your computer thus affecting your internet use. When these have been corrected, than a truer picture of your internet connection may be forthcoming.

A broadband speed test is the only way to determine how fast you will be able to connect to the internet. Take advantage of the free tests that can be done on any program used by the correct website. You will be able to determine if you then will need to increase your connecting speed for a more pleasurable internet use.

Article by Cindy Heller.To learn more about broadband speed test, please visit internet broadband provider.

One of the common problems among internet users is testing their internet connection to pinpoint the exact problem. There is a big number of internet users who use DSL, and cable modem service.

You set us your connection the way your ISP (internet service provider)instruct you to. Sometimes, it doesn’t work for numerous reasons.

You service is not ready, your hardware in not connected properly, or your ISP is having problems.

Whatever the cause of the problem maybe, there are some diagnostic tools you can use in Windows XP, in order to identify the problem.

If you are not exact in your diagnostic, you will get a good idea at least.

Before we get to the diagnostic tools, let us discuss what is involved in an internet connection.

The information travels over the internet to your computer through your ISP service. This is done through a High speed modem then to a network card installed in your computer.

Your computer is called a host, your service provider will give you the DNS IP address, and you get your login and password. That is all what you have from your ISP.

Sometimes, your internet connection fails, and you want to find out the problem. You may be able to fix it, or at least get some information about the problem to advise your isp for help.

You will start by accessing the command prompt by going in sequence to:

Start menu, program, accessories, then command prompt. A window will open where you type commands from the prompt.

At the command prompt, you type: IPCONFIG. This command will give you the active network connection on your computer. Here is an example:

PPP adapter Copy :

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 68.239.158.45
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.255
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 68.239.158.45

The above output was produced when I ran the Ipconfig command on my own computer running Window XP OS, and A DSL connection. The IP address is my computer address assigned by the ISP.

Please note, you can add an option to this command, in order to get more detailed information about your connection. Here is the output, when I ran the same command with the "all" option.

Ipconfig /ALL

PPP adapter Copy :

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : WAN (PPP/SLIP) Interface
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-53-45-00-00-00
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 68.239.158.45
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.255
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 68.239.158.45
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 151.198.0.39 151.197.0.39 NetBIOS over TCP/IP. . . . . . . . : Disabled

Notice now, the output includes the phisycal address of the network interface card installed in my computer. Also, you see the DNS IP addresses. With the above information, I didn’t have any problems.

Supposed ,I disconnect my DSL connection and ran the command again, this is the new result:

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

Notice in this case, where I disconnected my connection, you don’t get a DNS server. This tells you that I am not connected to the internet.

Also, notice the IP address starts with 192.168, which is the default address whenever your computer is not connected to the internet.

Another command is the ping command. It will allow to check if a computer is connected to the network and ready to communicate, whether intranet, or internet.

Once you run it,it will sent a packet to the computer specified and gives the time it took for the packet to travel. This is an a output when I tried to ping www.yahoo.com:

C:>ping www.yahoo.com

Pinging www.yahoo.akadns.net [216.109.118.66] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 216.109.118.66: bytes=32 time=35ms TTL=55
Reply from 216.109.118.66: bytes=32 time=39ms TTL=55

Ping statistics for 216.109.118.66:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 35ms, Maximum = 39ms, Average = 38ms.

That shows that the host was reachable, and connected to the internet.

A very important command is the Nslookup. This will let you check if DNS (domain name server) is working properly. The function of the DNS server is to translate ip addresses to domain name of the networked computer. Here is an example:

C:> nslookup www.yahoo.com
Server: home5.bellatlantic.net
Address: 151.198.0.39

Non-authoritative answer:
Name: www.yahoo.akadns.net
Addresses: 216.109.118.67
Aliases: www.yahoo.com

So, you enter the name after Nslookup, it will give you IP addresses and vice versa.

In summary, there more commands in Windows Xp, but using the three above commands should give you a good idea about your internet connection problems. You can find where the problem is occurring. Is it your machine, or the ISP.

Thanks,
George Chamoun

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Do you know how fast your internet connection really is? Many of us signup and pay for a broadband connection expecting to get exactly what we?ve been promised – a fast internet connection.

What we?re not told though is that you will almost never get the true speed you were promised. This is mainly due to your location to the exchange where the connection comes from. It?s also a combination of other users in your area who also share the same connection/exchange. This alone puts a lot of stress on the connection quality.

What you will find is that there are peaks and troughs to your connection speed and quality. This usually depends on the time of day or day of the week you?re using the internet connection.

For example, during the weekend the connection may be very slow with internet pages taking much longer to load than usual. You may have a slower connection around the early evenings too. Kids come home from school, people come home from work, and they all want to use the internet to check their email, Facebook You Tube etc.

This simultaneous activity (known as traffic) puts a strain on the exchange and the quality of the connection is affected.

Unfortunately there really isn?t very much you can do about it. You could switch to a different Internet Service Provider (ISP) – one whom is known for their connection quality. Or you could move house, right next door to the local exchange. Again it really depends on the traffic through the connection. While you can?t really control the connection speed, you can get an idea of how fast your connection is. If you are having problems you can check your connection speed and then talk to your ISP if you see a pattern developing.

I use a site called speedtest.net to check my client?s broadband connections. If I do find the connection speed is much slower than originally promised by ISP I then talk to the ISP. They will investigate and if possible fix any problems they find.

Speedtest.net is very easy to use and can also give you a good indication of preferred ISP, by country region and city all over the world.

To use speedtest.net got to http://www.speedtest.net/index.php and do the following:

Select your region/country from map in the lower right hand side of the screen.

Next you need to select an orange triangle from the map of your area – this will provide you with the most accurate speed test for your connection.

When you click on the orange triangle the test will begin. Both the upload and download speeds are tested.

When the test completes you will see the results displayed on a new screen. Upload and download speeds are displayed in kbps. So for example if you have signed up to a 2mb (2000kpbs) line your results should be somewhere between 1600-2000kbps for the download speed. The upload speed is always going to be less than download speed.

Remember though, the speed promised by your ISP is almost never available. If you?re not happy with the speedtest result then you may want to contact your ISP, after all – you are paying for this service and do deserve to be getting your money?s worth.

Michael Cina provides practical computer help and advice. His jargon free no-nonsense approach to computer problem solving has gained him great respect throughout the internet computing community. Visit Michael’s site at http://www.spotmoonpc.com

 
 

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