Speed tests abound on the Internet. Unless what is being tested is thoroughly understood, these tests are useless at best and misleading at worst. "Speed" as measured by a speed test is limited by every link in the chain between your computer and the server hosting the test. These links include your computer, router, cable modem, cable company, the cable company's upstream providers, the router before the server that hosts the tests and, most insidiously, between six and twelve other network "hops" that are controlled by neither your Internet provider or the company that hosts the speed test.
For example, a trace from our network to www.speedtest.net traverses the following networks:
1. gw1.beld.net 22.214.171.124
2. ip65-47-144-45.z144-47-65.customer.algx.net 126.96.36.199
3. ge11-1-4d0.mcr1.cambridge-ma.us.xo.net 188.8.131.52
4. vb1020.rar3.nyc-ny.us.xo.net 184.108.40.206
7. netriver.ge2-16.br01.sea01.pccwbtn.net 220.127.116.11
8. static-74-209-160-12.lynnwood.netriver.net 18.104.22.168
So when you are testing your Internet speed, you are not just testing your own Internet provider. You are also testing many other providers, including the provider of the speed test.
An Internet speed test can go no faster than the slowest link in that chain.
What our test does is test ONLY from your computer to our server, without traversing the Internet. This leaves your computer, your router, the cable modem, our server and our infrastructure as the only links in the chain. Though this sort of test also has its limitations, it gives a good measure of whether your Internet connection provided by BELD Broadband is performing at the advertised maximum rate.
We do not guarantee speeds. We deliver up to an advertised speed.
BELD Broadband is here to help you.
You can reach our Broadband Help Desk by calling 781.348.BELD (2353) for help with your Internet service, or simply click here to send an e-mail.
Most families can get away with a 20x2 Mbps package, allowing you to surf the Web and stream video with 20Mbps download speeds or back up your content to the cloud with 2Mbps upload speeds. Netflix says you need 5 Mbps to stream HD content and 25 Mbps for 4K Ultra HD content, but you'll want faster speeds if you plan on connecting several devices to the web at once. If you're planning to stream 4K video content and have multiple devices connecting to your network simultaneously, seriously consider investing in faster download speeds, like 200Mbps, which should work for most users.