How do I check my TRUE dial up internet speed?

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  1. jeff lam

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    I just got a used PC from a friends company that went under and when I connect to the internet using earthlink (standard dial up), the icon on the bottom right by the clock says it's connected at 115k??? uh... I don't think so! I don't even know what my modem speed is. It's probably 56K. Anyway, how can I check the true dial up speed? anyone know?

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    The "115k" speed that's being reported is the port speed on your computer, not the actually connection speed. Usually its the modem drivers that determine which speed you get and a lot of external modems only report the port speed. But because your transfer rate can vary drastically from your connect speed, its best to just do an online speed test. Besides, this test is more accurate because it simulates "real world" situations whereas the connect speed doesn't really tell you anything.
    http://www.dslreports.com/stest
     
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    Thanks,
    Thats a cool site!
     
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    Thanks for the test site. I use to one that got shut down a while ago.
    -Andre F
     
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    I've never seen that icon report the port speed before. When I used a regular modem, it always reported the actual speed of the connection, be it 44kbps, 48kbps, or whatever. It varied depending on time of day and other factors. That's just the speed the modem connected to the ISP, of course, and like Leila Dougan mentioned, actual data throughput would vary widely from moment to moment.
     
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