View Full Version : [ubuntu] Findong out your internet speed

February 13th, 2009, 02:55 AM

I would like to ask if anybody can tell me how to find out what the speed of my internet connection is. I mean like from the terminal you type a command and get some detailed information about your connection.

Just want to find out since my speed seems to have been going down and want to complain to my provider.



February 13th, 2009, 02:57 AM

works well

other than that you need to call your provider and see what you are being billed for.


February 13th, 2009, 03:08 AM

is another good site for testing
and do it in flash and java !

i have noted that flash can be a bit slower than what java is
and try a few sites,not just one !
when i was dealing with my isp on net troubles i sent a few of them and they did find a problem

and the second you mention anything but windows the isp usually say the same thing "we only support windows"

February 13th, 2009, 03:52 AM
I use the *system monitor*, resources tab which will give a view of up to a minute of the speed that something is being downloaded. I have then used a snapshot of the desktop and and presented it to my ISP. They accepted the snapshots (I had about 15 of them printed out) and adjusted their settings accordingly.
Not a very sophisticated approach but then, I only using Ubuntu a few months and haven't got the hang of the Terminal approach!!

February 13th, 2009, 04:03 AM
http://www.speedtest.net is what i use

February 13th, 2009, 06:32 AM
Hi, there! :)

Internet speed is a very variable thing.
If you just want to know what your link speed is back to your ISP, just go into a terminal and type in this address and then type in the user-name and password for your router.
A window should open and you should be able to select a screen showing your link speed.

However, this speed has very little relation to your access to the "real world" as there are so many variables, such as how much bandwidth your ISP has and how fast a particular site is.

Another factor will be the level of service you have paid for. If you have opted for a fairly low-cost service, even though you may appear to have a good connect speed, those who have paid for a premium service will elbow you out of the way, especially when traffic levels are high.

As mentioned in previous posts, there are several bandwidth test sites available, but the speeds you get will vary wildly virtually every time you use them.

Roger :)

February 13th, 2009, 08:57 AM
try my ISP's Bandwith Meter, You'll get a laugh :lolflag: