Speed Tests: Some questions need to be answered.
I am constantly having trouble with my internet connecting multiple devices. I Hard Wire my Desktop and the only thing that uses Wireless are my 2 iphones, ipad and my amazon firestick. 4 Devices. Now, if all 4 devices have the wireless on, not being used, but just on, my video on my firestick or any other device will almost certainly have latency issues. This always leads me to run speedtests. Here is where, quite honestly, I think AT&T is full of crap and they lie to their customers. I never run just one speed test. I run multiple speed tests from multiple sites.
My current internet is Internet 50. I never get 50, according to https://www.att.com/support/speedtest/, I get 42.2 Mbps down and 8 Mbps up. Sounds acceptable right?
Well, then I run speed tests to 4 other prominent independent speed test sites, here are the results:
Review: Great Ping - 47 ms however the download speed is only 19.87 Mbps and the upload speed is only 5.95 Mbps.
Speakeasy by MegaPath: Download Speed: 15556 kbps (1944.5 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 6254 kbps (781.8 KB/sec transfer rate)
Review: Again, not what they should be, my download speed is 15.556 Mbps and upload is 6.254 Mbps.
Ok, so maybe there is a mistake, so lets try something everyone pretty much accesses. Netflix. Let's do Netflix's
https://fast.com/ by Netflix Result: 15 Mbps download.
OK, ok, lets just try one more, maybe ALL THREE of the previous speed tests are wrong, maybe they are all crazy and only AT&T is right. Let's try Google Speed Test.
For those who don't know, you can speed test through Google using Chrome by simply typing in Google Speed Test.
Result: 19.8 Mbps download 2.94 Mbps upload Latency: 38 ms Server: Dallas, TX
My conclusion? AT&T is full of garbage and their speed test lies to you. I definitely would like someone not reading a script to explain the discrepancy to me.
When I call Tech Support, their answer is, only AT&Ts Speed Test is accurate. Uh what? If 4/5 speed tests read the same basic things, the 4 are correct and the 1 is wrong. That's not opinion, that's science.
I encourage everyone to start asking these questions, run the speed tests, post the results, and then ask, why? The bottom line, AT&T is not delivering on what you pay for.
Now, before anyone says it, why keep AT&T? That's an entirely different issue because I live in an apartment complex and AT&T has monopolized the service here. I can't get anything else and I am paying for the maximum internet speed I can get here.