broadband reports

How can I monitor packet loss on my internet connection?

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Episode 1563

Joe from Cheektowaga, New York

Joe is having issues with packet loss on his internet connection. He's been using BroadbandReports.com to monitor it, but now he hears that the website is going to be shut down. Leo says he hasn't heard that. You can use ICSI Netalyzr. It will give you comprehensive testing of everything from speed testing to ping testing, packet loss, and buffer bloat. If streaming on Netflix is a concern, check out Netflix's FAST test. He's like a monitor service like DSLReports.

How can I find the best cable, internet, and phone service?

Episode 1329

Ricky from Chatsworth, CA

Ricky thinks his Triple Play package is just too expensive. What is the best provider for internet, cable, and telephone? Leo says that the only real advantage of a Triple Play package is that he'd get one bill. For a phone service, he prefers real phone service because in the event of a disaster, the plain old telephone service will continue to operate. Leo advises going to DSLReports.com because they will give him the best ratings on what is the best coverage and reliability. Leo also recommends talking to neighbors.

What are my options for broadband in remote areas of Florida?

Episode 1176

Gary from Panama City, FL

Gary lives out in the remote areas of Florida and he uses cellphone access for his internet. But are there other options? Leo says that WISP, which uses Microwaves is an option. There's also satellite. It can be expensive, and the bandwidth caps, speed issues and latency is tedious. It wouldn't be good for Skype or Gaming. But if that's not important, Leo suggests checking out Wild Blue by Excede.