August 20th, 2006
While there are many companies out there offering to test your internet’s connection speed, some will even charge you a subscription fee for a simple Download and Upload rate.
This is where Speedtest.net really stands out. It’s FREE and it has an outstanding graphical user interface that overlays your location and that of its servers on a map.
After the speed test, Speedtest.net displays the results and offers you a cool banner to display them in any webpage!
Another interesting feature of Speedtest.net is that it saves all test results originating from your IP address and displays them every time you visit their homepage!
In fact, on my first visit to Speedtest.net I was greeted with a set of results already!
I actually connect to the Internet from behind a NAT (Network Address Translator) on a corporate network. So, there are many others who share my external IP address!
It seems like at least another person on my network has discovered Speedtest.net before I did! And whoever it was somehow has a much better connection than I do despite being on the same network and sharing the same external IP: