Right now I'm in the process of possibly switching from a Cable provider to a DSL provider. I have both connections live, and before I cancel one or the other, I'm wanting to do some exhaustive testing of the internet connection. I have three major questions:
- What are some approaches that I can quantitatively test the speeds (both up and down) and quality of my internet connections (ping, time connection is down, etc,.)?
- Are there other consideration that should be taken when testing an internet connection?
- Are there any tools that can do this automatically and capture results?
Note: if you decide to suggest a piece of software, please follow these guidelines in doing so. Also I'm looking to be able to save any data from the software for detailed analysis and comparison
Overall, I'm looking to compare the two connections over multiple periods of time such as peak hours (1600 - 2100 in my area), and with different loads such as streaming movies, uploading files, etc,.