Currently Being ModeratedSep 29, 2011 9:10 PM (in response to miniman)
I haven't used pingtest, but I have used and know that speedtest is reliable, they are good websites for checking your internet speeds and whatnot. Good to get an idea of what you're dealing with. Just make sure you select the right location settings.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 29, 2011 9:21 PM (in response to Noble Seven)
They are good for rough estimates of download speed. But nothing beats doing a realworld download of some large file and measuring that. You generally should choose a location closest to you and you should run the test a number of times to get an average. It's also useful to use multiple speed tests.
Here's some others I've used at various times:
Currently Being ModeratedSep 30, 2011 12:58 PM (in response to miniman)
What I like about Speedtest.net is that it saves the results of all of your tests (I think in a cookie) and then you can graph them. A couple of months ago we were having weird network problems, and couldn't really decide if it was a real problem, and then I popped up my graph of tests and it was obvious that our network speeds had driven off a cliff a few weeks before. Manually pulling our dsl boards fixed the problem.
It may not be the most sophisticated tool around, but it does the job!