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Gigabit Speed Test

Grasshopper

So I just got upgraded to Gigabit speeds today and in my excitement went and ran some speed test for fun

 (I understand speed tests don't directly reflect real world use)

To my surprise only 1 website I tried indicated gigabit speeds fast.com

Ookla speed test ,Shaws speed test and Google speed test all said between 500-600mbps.

I ran the tests back to back and only fast showed 1.3gbps. I do not really care if a speed test is off a bit. Just curious why they vary so much and if there is a more accurate way of doing the test?

I should add my PC is hard wired in with the whatever cable came in the box, probably 5e, and my PC lan port is 10/100/1000

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-- upgraded to Gigabit speeds today ... FAST.COM showed 1...

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@SP3CTRYS -- upgraded to Gigabit speeds today ... FAST.COM showed 1.3 Gbps.

The Shaw SpeedTest usually shows SLIGHTLY more speed than what your plan is offering, but I have difficulty believing that you are actually getting 30% more than what your cable-modem is provisioned for.

Are you using "wireless" ? Some WiFi network-adapters cannot deliver gigabit speeds.

Open the Windows "Task Manager", select the "Performance" tab, and minimize it. Launch the Shaw SpeedTest, and switch back to that window. Is your "CPU" showing at 100% busy -- you need a fast computer to actually run the test as its full speed. Is your "Network" showing the current download speed?

 

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-- upgraded to Gigabit speeds today ... FAST.COM showed 1...

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@SP3CTRYS -- upgraded to Gigabit speeds today ... FAST.COM showed 1.3 Gbps.

The Shaw SpeedTest usually shows SLIGHTLY more speed than what your plan is offering, but I have difficulty believing that you are actually getting 30% more than what your cable-modem is provisioned for.

Are you using "wireless" ? Some WiFi network-adapters cannot deliver gigabit speeds.

Open the Windows "Task Manager", select the "Performance" tab, and minimize it. Launch the Shaw SpeedTest, and switch back to that window. Is your "CPU" showing at 100% busy -- you need a fast computer to actually run the test as its full speed. Is your "Network" showing the current download speed?

 

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Thanks for the info  I do use my desktop with an Ethernet...

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Thanks for the info @mdk I do use my desktop with an Ethernet cord, no wifi.

Shaw does over provision internet speed to allow for any losses that could happen either within or outside the home.

I ran the test as suggested through Shaw speed test and had Task manager open. The speed test results were 770 Mbps, while Task manager showed 30% CPU usage and a peak of 930 Mbps.

Based on these results, I clearly dwell too much on numbers rather than enjoying my service. 

For the record, anyone looking to Upgrade to Gigabit, I have noticed little improvement to my service from 300. I use upto 6 devices (5 wireless, 1 hardwired) simultaneously in my home. Though I would say there may be a placebo effect of more consistent speed across all my devices.

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I kind of have the same issue. My connection is only 200-...

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I kind of have the same issue. My connection is only 200-450mbps on speedtest.net, fast.com and googlespeedtest. I have tried WiFi AX and I have hooked to the modem with a cat8 cable good for 48 Gbps, Windows says I have a 1 Gbps connection to the modem doesn't matter what cable I hook up or even on WiFi AX. Phone Shaw and they said my connection is good, I dont believe them because 6 months ago I had Internet 600 and when I tested that is was always between 550-650 depending on the day.

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--- I recommend that you contact Shaw (either live-chat o...

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@MapleSchnitzel ---

I recommend that you contact Shaw (either live-chat or telephone), for them to trouble-shoot possible issues, in no particular order:
1.failing network-adapter inside your computer,
2.out-of-date device-driver software for the network-adapter,
3.inadequate Ethernet cable between your computer and your BlueCurve (OK for 600, but not for 1000? Try a different one?),
4.power brown-out affecting the cable-modem (plug it directly into a wall-socket, not a power-bar?),
5.failing coaxial-cable from the cable-modem either to a coaxial-splitter or a coaxial wall-port (try a different cable?)
6.inadequate in-the-wall coaxial cable inside your home (OK at 300, but not good-enough for 1000?),
7.failing coaxial-splitter inside Shaw's demarcation-box on the outside of your home (only a Shaw technician can open the box to replace it),
8.problematic coaxial-cable from the demarcation-box to the telephone-pole (one person here reported that Shaw found too much tension on the cable -- replacing the cable solved that person's problem),
9.problem up-and-down the street (got any nearby neighbours with "Fibre+ Gig" who are also having problems?).
10.got another enabled cable-outlet in your home? Can you try connecting to it?
11.got any "signal-amplifier" hooked-up? Can you bypass it?
12.got any coaxial-splitter between the cable-modem and the cable-outlet? Can you bypass it?
13.Shaw can remotely logon to your cable-modem, and measure the signal-strength. Ask them to do so.
14.Check that your coaxial-cables are tightly-screwed on. Avoid decades-old "push-on" cables.

You're literally paying Shaw thousands of dollars per year to get "support". Contact them, and make them earn your money. 🙂

 

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