Question

Wildly different network speed tests

Posted September 30, 2018 1.3k views
Networking

Did speed test on my 2 droplets, which are in the same location (LON1). I get wildly different results. Why?

1st droplet:

Retrieving speedtest.net server list...
Selecting best server based on ping...
Hosted by Structured Communications (London) [0.96 km]: 2.18 ms
Testing download speed................................................................................
Download: 1861.33 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed......................................................................................................
Upload: 366.57 Mbit/s

2nd droplet:

Retrieving speedtest.net server list...
Selecting best server based on ping...
Hosted by Spitfire Network Services (London) [0.96 km]: 2.65 ms
Testing download speed................................................................................
Download: 3102.50 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed......................................................................................................
Upload: 1664.52 Mbit/s
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Based on the results you provided a different source was chosen for each transfer which is why you saw a difference in speed.

The first one selected:

Hosted by Structured Communications (London) [0.96 km]: 2.18 ms

The second one selected:

Hosted by Spitfire Network Services (London) [0.96 km]: 2.65 ms

While they are both in London they are on different networks which is why you saw the difference in speed.

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