There are plenty of speed test sites out there, but I like the simple things in life—like a command-line way of doing something that others do with Flash (yuk).
Here’s the command I have in my
wget http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test -O /dev/null
This is great because:
wgetis pretty ubiquitous
- Cachefly is the world’s fastest CDN with the most hops, so no matter where you are you’ll be able to get a true test of your connection by seeing how quickly you can pull from it.
…and then you just run it whenever you’re traveling or feeling a slowdown at home by typing:
- Running it with
btassumes you’ve created an alias for it, which I have.
- The alias is
alias bt="wget http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test -O /dev/null".
- The -O /dev/null option was suggested by foo in the comments. Thanks, foo!
- My friend Tim F. reminds me that the 100MB file is usually sufficient, even though the 400MB option is there.