Speed tests abound on the Internet. Unless what is being tested is thoroughly understood, these tests are useless at best and misleading at worst. "Speed" as measured by a speed test is limited by every link in the chain between your computer and the server hosting the test. These links include your computer, router, cable modem, cable company, the cable company's upstream providers, the router before the server that hosts the tests and, most insidiously, between six and twelve other network "hops" that are controlled by neither your Internet provider or the company that hosts the speed test.
For example, a trace from our network to www.speedtest.net traverses the following networks:
1. gw1.beld.net 22.214.171.124
2. ip65-47-144-45.z144-47-65.customer.algx.net 126.96.36.199
3. ge11-1-4d0.mcr1.cambridge-ma.us.xo.net 188.8.131.52
4. vb1020.rar3.nyc-ny.us.xo.net 184.108.40.206
7. netriver.ge2-16.br01.sea01.pccwbtn.net 220.127.116.11
8. static-74-209-160-12.lynnwood.netriver.net 18.104.22.168
So when you are testing your Internet speed, you are not just testing your own Internet provider. You are also testing many other providers, including the provider of the speed test.
An Internet speed test can go no faster than the slowest link in that chain.
What our test does is test ONLY from your computer to our server, without traversing the Internet. This leaves your computer, your router, the cable modem, our server and our infrastructure as the only links in the chain. Though this sort of test also has its limitations, it gives a good measure of whether your Internet connection provided by BELD Internet is performing at the advertised maximum rate.
We do not guarantee speeds. We deliver up to an advertised speed.
BELD internet is here to help you
You can reach our Help Desk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 781.348.BELD (2353) for help with your Internet service.
Most families can get away with our 100/30 Mbps Internet, which is great for up to 6 devices. If you're planning on adding more devices or streaming 4K video content simultaneously, seriously consider investing in faster download speeds, like 200/30+ Mbps. We offer several high speeds and will be able to get you paired up with the right speed.