While performing some troubleshooting with one of our customers, we determined they were using a speedtest.net server that would give sub-optimal results. We worked to put together our own speedtest.net server for the benefit of the networks on our Indianapolis IX. Not only will there now be a speedtest.net server with unrestricted performance to our IX members, but we will make the information that we collect from their customers available to them on an as-requested basis. That’s another benefit of membership without the cost and headache of running your own server, yet retaining the access to information on your customers.

The server is currently on a shared 1 gigabit connection, but in the near future, we expect to put it on a 10G connection, providing more room for 1g+ tests. Given that it is our own server, we’ll never have a shortage of capacity to the IX. Our speedtest.net server will then be the only one in Indiana able to provide such performance to end-users of many networks.

In the first 24 hours, the fastest iPhone download (with a latency of 10 ms) was 286 megabit/s over Metronet. The fastest iPhone upload with a latency of 5 ms goes to Endeavor Communications at 116 megabit/s. In the Android world, Ball State University takes the lead with one test at 10 ms attaining 256 megabit/s download and 196 megabit/s upload. As expected, mobile devices only have so much power. The fastest web-based download with a latency of 7 ms goes to Methodist Hospital of Indiana at 818 megabit/s. The lowest latency so far goes to Methodist. The fastest upload at 8 ms goes to Purdue University at 869 megabit/s. Once we get the server moved to 10G, let’s see what network will be the first to crest 1 gigabit/s.

That was the good. Here’s the bad. The highest latency goes to ViaSat – which is a satellite company – at 677 ms. Obviously there’s little they can do, given the satellite is around 25,000 miles out in space. Taking out the satellite tests, we have a Comcast test at 504 ms near Fishers, IN. I suspect there’s something wrong with their connection. The lowest speed download goes to AT&T Wireless at just 50 kilobit/s. The best dial-up was better than that. The worst upload test was on Bright House Networks at just 6 kilobit/s. Dial-up WAS up to 5 times better than that. Bright House (now Charter), Comcast and AT&T, do you guys wanna join our IX?  🙂

If you think this all sounds great and want to see your network on the leaderboard, sign up for our Indianapolis IX by the end of the month and we’ll waive the setup charge.