TestMyNet is a free internet speed test website that’s been around for some time now. It’s straightforward to use because the interface is very intuitive, although some might claim the GUI looks dated.
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It may not look as good as Ookla’s Speedtest, but it does an excellent job of measuring your bandwidth and internet speed.
Its main features include:
There is plenty of data available in TestMyNet reports, including comparisons between different locations, the highest and lowest internet speeds that have been registered in your area, and so on.
It also gives you feedback on how fast other users are going. If there is anything that you don’t understand – the numbers or the graph, there are plenty of helpful guides on the website explaining all the concepts and tech stuff.
One of the issues that many users have complained about is that when they tested their internet speed on TestMyNet, they got significantly worse results than in almost any other online speed test.
For example, one user reported that he had received an average of 25-35 Mbps on a few other testing sites. TestMyNet, however, doled out an average of 10-20 Mbps. The tests were done for a connection on the West Coast US servers.
This raises some questions.
What is the deal with TestMyNet? Does it provide false information? Are the servers unable to resist higher speeds?
Someone said that this difference appeared due to single-thread testing that TestMyNet used as a default. The majority of other online tests use a multi-thread protocol. The idea is that they could be harsher and stricter with ping times, server availability, and overall internet speed.
Especially when compared to Speedtest, the results seemed very slow, almost unreasonably so. It appears that there were also problems with VPN testing.
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What are the most important things to consider when using an online test to check your internet speed? Coincidentally, TestMyNet summarized them when they praised their services as being:
TestMyNet is indeed easy to use and swift. At the press of a button, you are immediately taken to the test itself, which begins automatically. After a few seconds, the results will show up, as detailed as possible.
In terms of accuracy and reliability, there are ups and downs. It could be that the protocols used are more rigorous than other online speed tests. At the same time, they could be avoiding being fooled by the local cache servers, and thus the resulting speeds are lower, closer to the truth.
But when most of their competitors show more incredible speeds, you can’t help but be suspicious. Are all of them lax with the testing process? Are they intentionally providing better results to increase your trust in your ISP?
This is one of the reasons why I think Speedtest is more reliable and accurate. Among all others, the reported speeds are neither superluminal nor slowed down to a crawl. It’s a better service overall, and the user database agrees with this wholeheartedly.
Compatibility-wise, TestMyNet is indeed better than many other speed tests, mainly because it uses an HTML5-based protocol. This allows you to test your speed from a computer or a mobile web browser.
However, it’s also not the only one to use HTML5, so there is nothing revolutionary here.
Concerning versatility, I have to give them a thumbs-up. There are many options to choose from when performing the tests, an incredible amount of data to consult, historical records of past sessions, comparisons, and much more.
It’s a good service overall, among the very best speed tests out there. In terms of precision and accuracy, they might not always be consistent or accurate, which is a pretty major flaw in any testing tool.
There are better services like Speedtest that you can always consult and compare the results.
Ideally, you should check your speed multiple times using different tests to corroborate the data and lower the possibility of errors. However, despite all this, a speed test acts as an approximation.
It only gives you a general idea of your potential speed. Remember that many other variables have to be considered for a complete picture.