At Verizon's Coverage & Speeds webpage Verizon lists typical download speeds of 600 Kbps to 1.4 Mbps. Typical upload speeds are estimated to be 500-800 Kbps, which I thought should be adequate for her requirements. Verizon does caveat those speeds with the statement "BroadbandAccess speed claim based on our network tests with 5 MB FTP data files without compression. Actual speeds and coverage may vary. Rev. A capable device required for these speeds. With a non-Rev. A-capable device, expect typical download speeds of 400 – 700 Kbps and typical upload speeds of 60 – 80 Kbps."
I don't like to rely solely on a vendor's own bandwidth estimates, though, so I ran some tests with several bandwidth testing sites on Saturday, August 9, 2008. The results of those tests are listed below. I tested with a Toshiba M35X-S109 laptop, which runs Windows XP Home Edition, with a Verizon Wireless USB720 EVDO Rev A USB Modem installed to provide Verizon BroadbandAccess network connectivity. I have VZAccess Manager version 6.7.8 (2084b) installed on the laptop. The tests were done within Firefox 22.214.171.124
|Site||Bandwidth (Kbs)||Download Speed (Kbs)||Upload Speed (Kbs)||Start Time||Duration|
|Bandwidth Place Speed Test||804.52||3:06 PM||20.813 seconds|
|Bandwidth Place Speed Test||750.43||5:32 PM||20.813 seconds|
|Speakeasy - Washington, DC||729||461||3:15 PM||<1 minute|
|Speakeasy - Washington, DC||742||478||5:40 PM||<1 minute|
|Speakeasy - New York City, NY||578||421||3:29 PM||<1 minute|
|CNET Bandwidth Meter Speed Test||355||3:24 PM||<1 minute|
|CNET Bandwidth Meter Speed Test||495.5||3:28 PM||<1 minute|
|CNET Bandwidth Meter Speed Test||287.3||5:47 PM||<1 minute|
|Speedtest.net - Washington, DC||451||294||3:33 PM||<1 minute|
|Digital Landing||414||279||3:40 PM||<1 minute|
|Digital Landing||699||276||5:25 PM||<1 minute|
Note: where the bandwidth testing site provides both download and upload speeds, both are listed. Where the site provides only one figure, only that figure is listed.
|Direction||Min (Kbs)||Max (Kbs)||Average (Kbs)|
The average download speed was barely within the range stated by Verizon. The average upload speed I achieved was significantly less than the bottom end of the range stated by Verizon. The maximum upload speed I achieved was 478 Kbs, which was still somewhat less than the bottom end of the upload range stated by Verizon. Still, I think the actual rates I encountered would be adequate in this case.
To test the maximum transfer rate I could achieve between the laptop
and her office, which has a T1 (1.544 Mbs) circuit for Internet access,
I installed Iperf
1.7.0 on the Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 domain controller
at her office and on the Windows XP laptop. I set the system at the
office to run in server mode with
iperf -s and ran Iperf on
the laptop in client mode with
iperf -c s.example.com. The
bandwith reported by Iperf on the laptop for 3 tests run between 10:00
and 10:30 PM on August 9 is shown below. By default Iperf performs a 10
second test. I ran two tests for 3 minutes by using
iperf -t 180
-c s.example.com on the client side.
|Interval (sec)||Transfer||Bandwidth (Kbs)|
I also ran some tests on Sunday, August 10, 2008 with an 8.3MB QuarkXPress
file that the user needed to transfer to the office, since she said that
was a file that was an example of one of the larger files she needs to transfer
from home to her office, using the
secure file transfer program from
I thought I would create a batch file for the transfer and use the DOS
time command in the batch file before and after the pscp
command to time the transfer. Unfortunately, though if you issue the
time command by itself at a command prompt, you get hours, minutes,
seconds, and hundredths of a second, when you issue the
command with the
/t switch, i.e.
time /t, to avoid
a prompt for a new time, you get only the hour and minute, which isn't
as precise as what I wanted. Fortunately, Microsoft provides a free download
timethis utility, which is available on the Windows
2000 Resource Kit, at
Windows 2000 Resource Kit Tool: Timethis.exe.
The timeshis.exe program times how long it takes to execute a given command.
After installing Timethis on the laptop, I placed the sample QuarkXPress file on my webserver and timed the download with Wget for Windows. The first test, which I ran around 3:00 P.M., took 4:00.390 minutes to transfer the 8.3 MB (8,704,000 bytes) file yielding a transfer rate of about 283 Kbs (8,704,000 bits * 8 bits/byte / 1024 bits/Kb / 240 seconds). When I repeated the test at about 3:21 P.M., I achieved a somewhat higher transfer rate. That test had an elapsed time of 3:30.203 for a transfer rate of about 324 Kbs (8,704,000 bits * 8 bits / 1024 bits/Kb / 210 seconds). A third test at 3:29 PM yielded a download rate of 256 Kbs.
C:\Program Files\GnuWin32\bin>"c:\program files\resource kit\timethis" wget http://support.moonpoint.com/test.qxd TimeThis : Command Line : wget http://support.moonpoint.com/test.qxd TimeThis : Start Time : Sun Aug 10 12:28:40 2008 --12:28:40-- http://support.moonpoint.com/test.qxd => `test.qxd.2' Resolving support.moonpoint.com... 126.96.36.199 Connecting to support.moonpoint.com|188.8.131.52|:80... connected. HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK Length: 8,704,000 (8.3M) [text/plain] 100%[====================================>] 8,704,000 39.24K/s ETA 00:00 12:33:06 (31.99 KB/s) - `test.qxd.2' saved [8704000/8704000]
To test upload speeds for the 8.3 MB sample file, I used
secure file transfer program,
pscp. Again I transferred the file
from the laptop to my webserver, but this time via the
rather than the HTTP protocol.
The upload speed was actually slower with the first test yielding an upload rate of approximately 170 Kbs and 210 Kbs for the second test, perhaps because of the overhead involved in encrypting the transmission.
C:\Program Files\PuTTY>"c:\program files\resource kit\timethis" "psc p -l jddoe -pw APasswd test.qxd email@example.com:." TimeThis : Command Line : pscp -l jddoe -pw APasswd test.qxd firstname.lastname@example.org:. TimeThis : Start Time : Sun Aug 10 12:48:00 2008 test.qxd | 8500 kB | 24.1 kB/s | ETA: 00:00:00 | 100% TimeThis : Command Line : pscp -l jddoe -pw APasswd test.qxd email@example.com:. TimeThis : Start Time : Sun Aug 10 12:48:00 2008 TimeThis : End Time : Sun Aug 10 12:54:40 2008 TimeThis : Elapsed Time : 00:06:40.546
Created: Sunday August 10, 2008