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 184.108.40.206
2. ip65-47-144-45.z144-47-65.customer.algx.net 220.127.116.11
3. ge11-1-4d0.mcr1.cambridge-ma.us.xo.net 18.104.22.168
4. vb1020.rar3.nyc-ny.us.xo.net 22.214.171.124
7. netriver.ge2-16.br01.sea01.pccwbtn.net 126.96.36.199
8. static-74-209-160-12.lynnwood.netriver.net 188.8.131.52
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.
We do not guarantee speeds. We deliver up to an advertised speed. Advertised speeds are indexed to a wired connection to the cable modem. Wifi is a convenience service that is shared with all other Wifi-enabled networks and devices in the vicinity – not just your own devices in your home, so speeds can be substantially slower than a wired connection. Wifi speeds are better when configured for 5.8 Ghz rather than 2.4 Ghz, but it is still a service shared with all other devices and networks in the vicinity. Wifi should be considered a service that replaces a wire with radio waves for the sake of convenience, but sacrifices speed and performance to achieve that convenience.
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.