As we continue to wade through the early days of 5G, there are a lot of issues to contend with.There aren’t a lot of 5G-ready devices, and some of the handsets that are available like the Galaxy S10 5G are ridiculously expensive.But the biggest problem with 5G, by far, is trying to figure out where has 5G coverage.Thankfully, the folks over at Ookla, makers of the handy Speedtest app, have just recently rolled out an interactive map aimed at tracking new 5G networks and deployments across the globe.See all 303 5G deployments provided by 20 operators in 294 locations across the globe.This should be a handy resource for helping people decide when it’s right to finally make the upgrade to 5G because if there’s no coverage in your area, there really isn’t a point.
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The UK's age verification checks for porn are officially happening on the 15th of July, which means you'll need to sign up to one of the multiple types of age checks to prove you're over 18 with documents and whatnot -- or potentially go down to the corner shop and buy a porn pass.If you're new to hiding your location this way, we've rounded up some of the best VPNs to use to get around the porn block.It's not the cheapest out there at £9.15 a month, but there are loads of offers available and you can reduce that cost significantly if you're willing to pay for a year or more upfront.You can use up to six devices on one NordVPN account and it works on loads of platforms, including Linux and Android TV as well as the more obvious ones.The cutest VPN in the world, TunnelBear shows animations of a bear literally going down a tunnel and surfacing in whichever location you choose.It's a joy to use, including some lovely bear jokes during setup and connection, and is ideal for VPN newbies.
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Internet testing company Ookla has criticised AT’s boasts about its controversial ‘5G-E’ network.5G-E is AT’s rebranding of its LTE-Advanced network and has been criticised for being misleading.Last week, AT issued a press release claiming its 5G-E network delivered the “fastest wireless network in the nation”.AT cited speed test results from Ookla to back up its claim, but Ookla claims the results don't necessarily paint the full picture.The operator's network did come out top with an average download speed of 34.65 Mbps in Q1 2019, while Verizon (33.07 Mbps) and Sprint (31.21 Mbps) fell just behind.However, AT only recently hit the top spot after being in third place in the previous quarter.
Last week, AT proudly crowned itself as “the nation’s fastest wireless network,” buoyed by speed tests from Ookla and its misleadingly named 5G E — i.e., LTE — network.But there’s just one problem: as Ookla has taken the time to point out in a blog post, AT’s claim isn’t nearly as resounding of a victory as the company has declared.Now, it is true that AT did have the fastest overall mean mobile broadband speeds in America in Q1 2019.But taken as a whole for the quarter, AT’s average download speed was 34.65 Mbps — only marginally better than T-Mobile’s 34.11 Mbps average speeds, or Verizon’s 33.07 Mbps.It’s part of an upward trend for AT, which has spent the last year with dramatically slower speeds than competitors T-Mobile and Verizon, for a very simple reason: the company was far slower to adopt the newer LTE technologies (things like MIMO — multiple antennas arrays — and carrier aggregation) than its competitors were.Compare that with the chart AT released last week, though, charting weekly speeds throughout Q1 2019.
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The internet has become an integral part of our daily lives, and its has grown at lightning speed.From 1995 to 2016, the number of internet users grew from 44 million to 3.4 billion.If you take a second to really think about it, it actually wasn’t that long ago when going on the internet involved waiting for the phone line to be free, typing in your user name and password, hearing that horrible dial-up sound, and then feeling a sense of relief when you heard the male robot voice say “you’ve got mail.”Broadband internet made things a lot easier.The internet became faster, more user-friendly, and more and more people started to see its advantages (outside of just porn and educational research).According to Speedtest.net, the average download speed over fixed broadband in the U.S. was 95.25 Mbps.
If your internet speed seems crappy, you probably go check Speedtest.net, yes?It's a quick way to see if you're getting the speeds you pay for, and it's been a popular choice for years.But Netflix has its own free tool -- Fast.com -- and with its latest upgrades, I might honestly make it my personal pick.Because as of Tuesday, Fast.com will give me numbers for upload speed, latency and "loaded" latency in its super clean, ad-free interface.I bet you didn't even know Netflix a speed test tool, and I don't blame you if so -- since 2016, Fast.com has only showed you your download speed, which is just one of the metrics you need to understand your internet connection strength.But not even Speedtest.net offers the new "loaded latency" number, giving you an idea of how long it'll take for remote servers to communicate with your device when your friends and family are already using the network to stream movies, play games or back up photos at the same time.
If a browser can perform faster and more efficiently that Chrome, I'd absolutely consider it.One of those claims is that it uses 30% less RAM than Chrome, which is particularly interesting.Design-wise, both web browsers are pretty similar.I tested my internet speeds on both the popular speedtest.net and Google's own speed test, and both browsers showed similar results.Mozilla touts that its Firefox browser uses 30% less of your computer's RAM than Chrome.RAM is essentially your computer's short term memory where it stores apps that you're using for quick access.
There are a few things to consider when buying a smartphone — you’ll want to think about a phone’s design, camera, performance, and so on.But what about how quickly phones can upload and download files?If speedy internet access is important to you, a new study has been released detailing the fastest phones out there — and it turns out that Samsung is the winner.The study comes from Ookla, the company behind speedtest.net, and highlights that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus significantly outperform other smartphones when it comes to downloading and streaming content.According to the study, the phones are up to 42 percent faster — which is no small feat.The speeds are largely thanks to the CAT 18 LTE modem built into the phones, which are able to deliver download speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps, though that obviously depends on network speeds.
Internet service providers like to make a lot of claims about upload and download speeds when you sign up, but do you ever wonder how those numbers compare to the speeds you’re actually getting once your connection is set up?These alternative browser-based speed tests will help you determine your upload and download speeds, as well as identify other issues with your network, such as packet loss, latency issues, or physical connection problems.Speedof.me is an HTML5-based speed test that’s lightweight and designed to replicate real-world browsing and downloading conditions by requesting a series of files of increasing sizes and recording the speed at which they’re downloaded.Not only does the site display a graph of speeds achieved in real-time, but also allows you to track your results against previous tests.Rather than selecting a location, the website calculates the quickest and most reliable server from 88 available servers, and all files are downloaded and uploaded in sequence — rather than simultaneously — to imitate real internet browsing conditions.When it’s done, the results rate your speed compared to other recent users, so that you can get a good idea of where you stand.
Months later, it abruptly turned one plan into two, and tacked on a bunch of restrictions like mandatory video throttling.Analysts, competitors, and this lowly blogger were quick to point the finger at Verizon’s average download speed, which appeared to have taken a big hit since the introduction of unlimited data.Third-party data from OpenSignal and Ookla “doesn’t line up at all with what I’m seeing,” Verizon VP of wireless networks Mike Haberman, told me.The case against Verizon is simple: crowd-sourced speedtest data from Opensignal and Ookla, the company behind Speedtest.net, shows a perceptible drop in Verizon’s average speed for the first half of 2017, after it introduced unlimited data.The extent of that drop varies depending on which dataset you’re looking at: according to Opensignal, the drop is about 2Mbps, or around 13%.The Ookla data specifically shows a 5% increase in the number of speedtests below the “acceptable threshold” of 5Mbps, indicating a sharp increase in the number of customers seeing very slow speeds.
Comcast is the fastest broadband ISP in the United States, according to Ookla, the developer behind the popular speedtest.net website.The data reflected 26 million unique broadband users, performing over 111 million tests across Ookla’s service.In the mobile space, about 3 million unique devices were used to generate 14 million tests, generating a comprehensive look at how each service performed both nationwide and over time.In both wired and wireless tests, Ookla generated its own “speed score” to measure such factors as latency, and how the networks in question varied from region to region.Well, according to Ookla, the average within the U.S. for the first and second quarters of 2017 was 64Mbps down, and 22.8Mbps up.“These developments lead to direct improvements in speeds for individual ISPs and also spur the kind of competition that makes better, faster service available to more people,” Ookla found.
Verizon, AT, and Sprint all lag behind T-Mobile when it comes to 4G LTE speeds.That is according to the newest Ookla Speedtest report, which analyzed crowdsourced test results taken during the first and second fiscal quarter of 2017.Subscribers speeds regularly exceeded Ookla’s Acceptable Speed Ratio — a download rate of at least 5 Mbps — 78.1 percent of the time, ahead of Verizon Wireless (77.8 percent), AT (75.9 percent), and Sprint (64.9 percent).T-Mobile scored the highest in Ookla’s Speed Score rankings, an average of low-end, median, and top-end speeds.It’s the 14th quarter in a row in which T-Mobile came in first.Ookla attributes T-Mobile’s achievements to its infrastructural investment, which saw the rollout of the 700MHz spectrum and 4G LTE in new markets.
In a report released by Ookla using data collected from speedtest.net, both mobile and fixed broadband connections have shown significant growth in speed over the past year.Thanks to improving technologies such as DOCSIS 3.1, wider availability of faster plans at lower pricing and new mobile devices with advanced LTE capabilities, speeds have risen greatly across the US.Throughout the last 12 months, mobile Internet speeds have increased by 19.2 percent on average (in last year's report, a growth of 33 percent was noted).In fact, the United States ranks 44th globally for mobile download speeds (between Germany and Oman).While country size and population density is certainly a factor, it shows there is plenty of room for improvement with existing technologies.Only a four percent increase (up to 8.51 Mbps) was observed.
You don’t need any extra software—all you need is a computer with a web browser.But there are also a few things you can do to make sure you are getting the most accurate reading of your internet connection.For best results, you want to use a wired connection if at all possible; that way, you don’t have to worry about interference and performance fluctuations that can occur while you’re on Wi-Fi.Make sure your Wi-Fi router is away from other electronic devices like cordless phones, and temporarily disconnect any other devices from your Wi-Fi network—after all, you don’t want another computer on your network to download a gigabyte worth of software updates while you run your tests.Check the Task Manager on Windows (summoned by pressing control-alt-delete) or Activity Monitor on MacOS, and look for network statistics (it’s labelled “Network”on MacOS, “Networking” on Windows).If you’re having any problems with your connection, now is a good idea to reset your modem and router.
Long the gold standard for bragging rights about your blazing broadband speeds, Speedtest.net has plenty of data to work with.Now, it wants to open up a new segment of that data to everyone, allowing users to compare aggregate speed reports from countries around the globe.The data will be compiled into a monthly report called the Speedtest Global Index, and the first one is available now.The tool will offer 12 months of broadband and mobile speeds (both download and upload) for each individual country in the index.Ookla suggests that the stats could be used to “uncover trends and detect potential storylines” — given that the ride toward high speed global connectivity has plenty of bumps along the way, we’re inclined to agree.Perhaps more interesting than the static rankings themselves, the index includes stats on how countries are moving up or down the charts.
Every provider claims to have the best mobile network and they use carefully chosen wording to prove it.In an effort to cut out all of the marketing fluff and fine print, PC Magazine conducts a yearly nationwide speed test among the four major carriers to determine who is definitively the fastest mobile carrier.To nobody's surprise, Verizon was the winner yet again.What was interesting in this year's study was T-Mobile's jump to second place ahead of AT They finished at only one point behind Verizon, too.PCMag's results show Verizon offered the most reliable and consistent high-speed network overall, but split individual wins for 36 cities and rural regions three ways with AT and T-Mobile.Tests were performed using Galaxy S8 smartphones with a customized version of the Speedtest.net software.
These alternative browser-based speed tests will help you determine your upload and download speeds, as well as identify other issues with your network, such as packet loss, latency issues, or physical connection problems.Not only does the site display a graph of speeds achieved in real-time, but also allows you to track your results against previous tests.If you’re looking for a test that offers more data than the average speed sight, TestMy.net runs a series of tests and provides a lot of useful comparison data.When it’s done, the results show your speed as rated against other recent users, so you can get a good idea of where you stand.If these numbers are a little unfamiliar to you, there’s also plenty of documentation and easy-to-understand guides that can help you better identify what the problem is with your internet connection.You can fill out a survey after the test, answering questions about the claimed speed of your ISP and monthly connection costs, which allows Ookla to amass an impressive database of consumer connection information, which can be viewed and broken down by region on their NetIndex site.
Bragging rights for the fastest airport Wi-Fi go to Denver by a long shot, according to Speedtest.net s latest data, although Philadelphia, Sea-Tac, and Dallas Fort Worth bringing up the rear.But mobile speeds, particularly in Detroit and San Francisco, may soon have them all beat.The data come from users checking in with Speedtest while at those airports, both on mobile networks and via the official Wi-Fi no gigabit connections from the Admiral s Club or the like allowed .As you can see in this lovely chart, speeds differ wildly, from way more than you need to stream multiple HD movies at once to so slow that you should watch out for 56k warnings.DFW gets a special prize for having an absurd 75 megabit upload rate, well above even Denver s. If you want to seed torrents on your layover, go to Texas.Mobile networks are catching up, but with great download speeds come data caps, and who wants to waste their data on a video call for work?
If that s the case in your home, consider upgrading to a router that can support the latest Wi-Fi flavor: 802.11 AC.A third party verification tool like SpeedTest.net provides good metrics to use before deciding to upgrade to a more expensive option.A number of resources exist for finding these hidden channels including: rokuchannels.tv and mkvXStream.Simply enter the access code and the channel will be added to your Roku devices.If you have a bevy of video content on a personal laptop or desktop computer, look into adding Plex Media Server to your computer or NAS as well as the official Plex application channel from the Roku channel store.While the Plex software can automatically transcode video formats that aren t supported by Roku hardware, it s best to utilize video formats like MP4 and MOV in order to get the fastest streaming experience.
The jury s back, and the verdict favors Verizon.According to RootMetrics most recent network performance test, Verizon was ranked the best overall network, taking top honors in reliability, speed, data, calling, and text messaging.In second place in nearly every category was AT, though Sprint took the silver in the calls category.These results closely resemble those of RootMetrics second-half 2015 test, but for those of you using other carriers, don t worry.Other testing firms have published rather different results — for example, OpenSignal called T-Mobile the best overall network, and according to Speedtest.net, the Un-carrier is the fastest network, too.All the same, RootMetrics recent findings give Verizon a leg up on the competition for the time being, at least providing the carrier with some more marketing material to justify its premium costs.
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