January 27, 2009 at 8:29 pm #160865neilt1000Member
Hi. Had my NC10 for a few days now, chose it after it romped away with the Best Buy award in Computer Shopper magazine and browsing this site in particular. Very happy with it, and I’d recommend it to anyone who wanted a basic laptop and can do without an internal dvd drive. I like to watch streaming video on it, BBC iplayer, 4OD, Skyplayer etc.
Because of this, I like to keep an eye on my connection speed, particularly of an evening when it’s most likely to slow down. I’m currently checking it on speedtest.net, but i would like to know if there’s an application that will monitor it in real time, preferably sitting in the toolbar. If there is, would it affect the speed in itself, as it’s testing?January 27, 2009 at 9:37 pm #181551tocasaMember
I use speedtest.net too – I haven’t come across anything toolbar based.
But all speed tests I’ve seen involve up / downloading (fairly) large files, which uses up your bandwidth… slowing everything else down.January 28, 2009 at 9:55 pm #181550neilt1000Member
Thanks, not much of an expert, so I thought it was worth asking. I’ve noticed an ad on the speedtest site that claims to increase broadband speed by up to 375%, Ascentive. com. I’m generally of the opinion that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is, and that you rarely get something for nothing. I’m wary of trying it, does anyone know if it ‘does as it says on the tin’?January 28, 2009 at 11:22 pm #181547avserviceMember
I have no experience with either of these but they look to be what you seek…..maybe?January 29, 2009 at 1:34 am #181549Camo YoshiMember
I just got this, screencap coming up…
EDIT: Screen cap:
1280×1024 screencap, 56k warning!January 29, 2009 at 1:03 pm #181546lemmyMemberQuote:claims to increase broadband speed by up to 375%, Ascentive. com.
The ‘up to’ tells it all. You can tweak your BB settings and if they’re really badly set up – very unlikely – you might get a small, probably unnoticeable increase in speed.
My 10Mb BB test results in 9250 most times. This firm offers me a little under 35Mb using their software. Yeah, right.
Any testing of speed involves downloading actual digits….so yes, any permanently on test would spoil your usable speed. Imagine doing your online banking while downloading a 4Gb DVD…..January 29, 2009 at 4:40 pm #181548Billy RubinMember
I just assume I’m going to get rubbish speeds during the evening, if I want to download a large file I schedule it for the early hours. I use FreeDownloadManager http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/ for that purpose.May 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm #181552jeepers01Participant
sahaya – Welcome to the forum
Nice compact gadget thanks for posting
You may be interested in the Network Meter gadget which is also free
Note, these gadgets require Win 7 (although listed for Vista) and consume resources which may have a speed impact on the sammy.
Hope this helps
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