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The speed test hosted on this site is an applet named "MySpeed". More information about MySpeed can be found at www.myspeed.com.

This test measures the available bandwidth between your computer and the web server hosting the test. The test results can be affected by a variety of factors including other applications running on your local machine, congestion at your ISP, specific bandwidth limitations between you and the target site and the load on the hosting server.

I am going to provide a very brief description of the test outputs here. For full descriptions please look at the FAQ .

Download: speed of an incoming http transfer Upload: speed of an outgoing http transfer QOS: quality of service is the minimum speed seen during the test divided by the maximum speed RTT: round trip time, the total time it takes from sending a packet to receiving a response MaxPause: longest single delay during transmission measured when reading data from the incoming sockets

The importance of these measurements? Obviously a certain minimum bandwidth in both directions is required for a Voip call. More importantly you need a high QoS number. A low QoS number will result in choppy, and possibly dropped, calls. When the QoS number is low packets are being explicitly dropped, or delivered out of order in which case they are also dropped. You could have a consistent good quality connection with a high RTT (this results in latency). On a Voip call latency expresses itself as a delay between the speaker and the listener. This phenomenon is also present in PSTN calls, particularly overseas calls, because of long transmission lengths or satellite relays. MaxPause is essentially a brief interruption of your connection. This can be caused by network congestion or by other applications running on your local machine. On Voip calls a large MaxPause results in drop outs for the length of the pause, and if long enough, a dropped call.

Acceptable Values

Vonage wants a minimum of 90 kbps in each direction to ensure high quality calls.

QoS: Should be in at least the 80's. However people have reported success with much lower scores. Unfortunately this test measurement is not useful unless you determine what is causing the low score. I don't put much stock in this QoS mechanism because it can be affected by many different causes and it is not based on a big enough sample to accurately reflect line quality.

RTT: Most callers notice round-trip delays when they exceed 250mSec, so the one-way latency budget would typically be 150 mSec. 150 mSec is also specified in ITU-T G.114 recommendation as the maximum desired one-way latency to achieve high-quality voice. *

MaxPause: Would ideally be less than 100. Meaning no dropouts more than 1/10th of a second. (Guess, refinements anyone?)

Action to take if you get inconsistent results from the Speed Test

Make sure that no other applications are running on your machine and repeat the speed test. This includes network applications such as email programs and IM clients, but also non-network programs like word processors and spreadsheets.
Most network problems occur on the link from your house to the ISP, particularly in the case of cable customers. File a complaint with your ISP and get them to look at the problem.
You can use a more detailed test such as PingPlotter to tray to find out exactly where and when you are having problems.

Why run the test at testyourvoip.com

This test more closely mimics the network activity experienced during a call. It will provide more explicit details about exactly what the problems are that are affecting your Voip call quality, but it does not identify the source of the problem.

Ping Plotter

By configuring PingPlotter to run using UDP packets to a network point near the Vonage system you can identify the location of a network problem. Because PingPlotter can be run continuously it can also check for problems that are periodic or intermittent.

Other notes

Run speed tests at multiple sites to eliminate problems at the desitnation site or on parts of the network in between. For example, something at the edge of Comcast's network is capping my upload speed at 2 Mbps to the vonage-forum site, but not to the Vonage site. Note that this also affects my QOS score detrimentally, this is another reason I don't place much emphasis on the applet QOS score, my Voip calls would never push that much data and so would never be capped.

Run speed tests that mimic the actual traffic that you expect. Test to the Boston server at TestYourVoip.com because it is close geographically to Vonage in New Jersey.



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Great job Scerruti!! Here is the information I culled from TestMyVoIP.com
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