Two Cox Speed Test Sites - What Are the Differences? Why Different Results?
I use both of the Cox internet speed test sites (see below). Whenever a test on each site is done within a minute of each other, both sites REGULARLY show immense differences between reported download speeds, usually a 70-125Mbps difference. The first site listed below always reports the slower speed. And get this, I just now did another test: the first site reported 70Mbps download and the second site reported 371Mbps download. Both appear to use test servers near me. I think the first site is HTML5 based because no plugin is required, and I know the second one is flash based.
QUESTION: What are the differences between the two sites? Which one would be considered most accurate? Why?
Thanks in advance for your answer.
Cox site #2 https://www.cox.com/internet/speedcheck.cox
Cox site #1 https://www.cox.com/residential/support/internet/speedtest.html is a site which does not require Flash to be installed on your computer.
Cox site #2 https://www.cox.com/internet/speedcheck.cox on the other hand, does require Flash to be installed.
I'd commented on the above two in a previous post which can be read here (http://forums.cox.com/forum_home/internet_forum/f/5/t/18718.aspx). I have found that despite Cox's claim that their speedtest is based on the Ookla engine, a user is much better off going direct to Ookla, which offers both Flash and non-Flash test sites. Here is the non-Flash one: http://beta.speedtest.net/
Here is what I'd written in the above-mentioned post: when it was recommended to change to a different browser than my preferred one:
Following your recommendation I fired up the seldom-used Internet Explorer 11 to test the Cox non-Flash speed test, where it did indeed function. It registered 40 Mbps down/9 Mbps up with 20 ms latency; discouraging, as the Ultimate plan I pay for is 300/30. Also with IE 11 I visited fast.com where I got 200 Mbps download. The most satisfying (albeit temporary) result was at http://beta.speedtest.net, where the results were 386.39/32.07 down/up with a more responsive 8 ms latency score.
All of these widely varying results should come to no surprise to anyone familiar with speed tests, no matter how disparate they may be.
The choice is yours but I would suggest the Ookla site over Cox' any day.