Sign up for the FCC broadband test.
Current member will be shipped a Netgear N300 router.
What effect will this have on my monthly download cap?
Our units involved in the FCC project transfer a large amount of data, which varies according to the speed of your connection. The usage on a 10Mbps connection will be around 20GB/month, and will likely be around 60GB on a 50Mbps connection. The amount that's downloaded is speed dependant (so a slower connection will use less traffic than a faster connection).
What tests are performed?
At present we are performing the following tests:
1. Multi-threaded HTTP download speed test
2. Multi-threaded HTTP based upload speed test
3. Availability of the connection
5. Latency (both ICMP and UDP)
6. Packet loss (both ICMP and UDP)
7. DNS query resolution time
8. DNS query failure rate
9. Web page loading time
10. Web page loading failure rate
11. Video streaming performance
The above tests are performed against a cluster of test servers, hosted all around the US. The web browsing test is performed against 10 real US-based websites.
The requirements we ask our volunteers to meet are as follows:
You have a fixed line broadband Internet connection to your residence.
You use a standalone device to connect to your broadband service - i.e not a USB ADSL modem.
You have a stable broadband connection (i.e. it doesn't disconnect frequently). Note that this is just referring to the connection - not the speed.
You are not a heavy downloader. Our tests can only run when your line below a certain traffic threshold, therefore we would not be able to run any tests if your line is in constant use.
You have a spare power socket near your existing router (or wherever you plan to connect the unit. Keep in mind that a network cable must run between the unit and your router though! We supply a 1m cable).
You need to be on one of the ISPs that we're measuring.
In addition to the above we ask that volunteers agree to a set of terms and conditions that are broadly summarised by the points below:
Not to unplug the unit or your ISP's router unless I'm away for an extended period of time.
Not attempt to reverse engineer or alter the unit.
To notify Samknows if and when I choose to change ISPs.
To return the unit to Samknows should I no longer wish to be involved (Samknows to pay reasonable postage costs).
To connect the unit in the way described in the documentation.
To keep Samknows updated with valid contact details (i.e. email and postal address).