We use Visualware's MyConnection Server (MCS) tests for the most accurate measurement of network quality and performance. To discuss your test results, email Skyway Support or call us at 604-482-1212.
Simple glossy speed tests look cool but seldom help solve connection problems. Most tests measure the maximum speed or capacity at a single point in time, not true speed sustained over time like our Visualware tests, which also measure packet flow to quickly identify problems that affect applications. The first time you run the test you will be asked to download and install Visualware BCS, a small client-side app enabling accurate browser testing. (For those who don't wish to download this app, we have our own version of the simple, glossy capacity speed test on the Skyway site!)
Click on the grey button below (at top left of test panel) to start testing. Let the test run all the way through until a "Summary" tab appears on the left of the test. You will end up with six tabs: Route, Speed, VoIP, Graph, RTT and the Summary tab. Note: The Speed tab shows your achieved download/upload speeds in one TCP session, while the Graph tab measures your maximum effective bandwidth, using multiple TCP sessions.
Visualware Resources to help you understand these quality tests: Understanding Internet Speed Test Results (Why Do Some Speed Test Results Not Match My Experience?); Never Mind the Connection Speed, Measure the Connection Consistency! (Knowing your Internet speed is slow without providing the means to help resolve the issue is of little value); Quality of Service (QOS): Why it Matters (Why is QOS a crucially important metric for business applications?).Return to Skyway West Home