Written by: Alex Popa
TestMyNet is a free internet speed test website that’s been around for some time now. It’s very easy to use because the interface is very intuitive, although some might claim that it’s a bit outdated in terms of graphics.
Granted, it may not look as good as Ookla’s Speedtest, but it does a very good job in measuring your bandwidth and internet speed.
Its main features include:
There is more data available for the user to consult, 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, as well as a graphic on your overall connection times ever since you last tested them. If there is anything that you don’t understand, the number or the graph, there are plenty of helpful guides on the website as well, explaining all the concepts and tech stuff.
But does it really live up to the expectations in general?
One of the issues that a lot of 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 larger speeds?
Someone said that this difference appeared as a result of 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 were incredibly slow, almost impossibly so if you come to think about it. It seems that there were also problems with VPN testing.
With Speedtest, one user got an average speed of 100 Mbps with and without the VPN. After that, he did the same thing on TestMyNet. With the VPN turned on, the results are catastrophic, to say the least – 1.4 Mbps.
However, the quality of the router matters a lot when talking about VPN efficiency. No matter how precise or reliable the speed test is, if the router is bad, you won’t be receiving any miraculous speed results either.
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 that begins automatically. After a few seconds, the results will show up, detailed as they can be.
In terms of accuracy and reliability, there are ups and downs. It could be that the protocols used are more rigorous and stricter 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 the vast majority of their competitors show greater speeds, you can’t help but to be suspicious. Are all of them lax with the testing process? Are all of them intentionally providing better results, just 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 nothing really revolutionary here.
With regard to versatility, I have to give them a thumbs-up. There are a lot of options to choose from when performing the tests, an incredible amount of data to consult, historical records of past sessions, comparisons, and much more.
And everything is 100% in pure, understandable English that you’ll have no problems with.
It’s a good service overall, among the very best speed tests out there. In terms of precision and accuracy, they might not be always consistent or trustworthy. There are better services out there like Speedtest that you can always consult and compare the results.
Ideally, you should check your speed multiple times using different tests, just to corroborate the data and lower the possibility of errors. However, in spite of all this, a speed test acts as an approximation. It only gives you a general idea of your potential speed. Remember that there are many other variables that have to be taken in to account for a more complete picture.