New tool: Download Test Files
As some of you may have noticed, we have added a new resource to our Tools section a couple of days ago which allows you to download files from our website so you can judge the performance of your connection. Unlike our speed test this doesn't provide you with an automatic measurement of your available bandwidth so is better suited to advanced users wishing to do their own analysis, but it does mean those with software to download multiple files simultaneously can test those out as well. It also runs as normal "web" traffic in terms of traffic shaping whereas our speed test may be classed differently by your service provider's traffic management system. You have the option of downloading a file ranging from 5MB to 1GB in size so it should be able to test connections of any speed. It is also likely to be of more use for those on connections faster than broadband, such as university students enjoying campus connectivity.
Please be aware that if you are on a broadband package with a cap or inclusive allowance, the large file downloads can easily use this up, so be careful particularly if it's not your own broadband connection.
If you're just looking to test your broadband speed for the first time, try our broadband speed test instead.