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Hi

Sometime my internet is slow and I wonder if I receive from the cable company what I'm supposed to .

Is there a way for me to check the amount of data  I receive
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by:Ken Butters
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"amount of data I receive"?  or do you mean the speed at which you receive it?


Here is one site that you can use to measure your upload/download speeds.

http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/

To find others... simply type "Broadband speed test" into google.
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Internet speed depends on many factors. You can use a free online "internet speed test", the first result on google is http://www.speedtest.net/
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you can use speedtest.net to verify that your bandwidth is correct.

For example,   some people have a 50Mbps download speed and a 10Mbps upload speed.    People pay for this amount of bandwidth.    If you find that your speeds are running much slower than what your service is suppose to provide (call them and ask them how fast your connection is suppose to be), you should contact you service to have them troubleshoot it.


You might also have malware and other crap slowing you down.     Run something like Malwarebytes to check things out.       malwarebytes.org
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I presume you mean download and upload speeds.  This will give you an idea of what yours is.

http://www.speedtest.net/

Note that your speeds will vary.  Circumstances such as number of users online at the same time as you (with your cable company) and time of day can affect the speed.
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by:garycase
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There are several free network monitors that will report the total amount of data you send and receive -- but as noted above, what really matters is if you're getting the bandwidth that you're paying for.

The speedtest.net site noted a couple of times above does a very nice job of that -- ignore all the ads (don't click on anything except the actual "Begin Test" button), and see what your download and upload rates are ... then compare that to what you're paying for.
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by:tsaico
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Also, depending on your firewall, commercial level ones will generally have logs of how much data is passing through as well as reports on averages, total count, etc.
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