Requirements: Flash 7 Player (or higher)
Features: Speedtest.net has an incredibly slick interface. It’s actually entertaining to watch in addition to being a very useful resource. Speedtest.net allows you to save results, so you can compare them over time. They also include the code for you to copy and paste your results into forums, web pages and emails.
Requirements: Java (Tests are java applets)
Features: Even though the speed tests are very functional and thorough, it’s the resources available to you after the test is complete that puts Broadband Reports in a class of it’s own. The forums are top notch – full of (mostly) very helpful and knowledgeable users. The FAQs and tutorials are updated often as technology changes. Oh, and they have the biggest list of speed test servers I’ve ever seen.
Requirements: Latest Flash Player
Features: Very easy to use interface, not quite as flashy as Speedtest.net, but Speakeasy gets points for being one of the first ISP’s to offer a speed test (to their own customers and the public at large).
Requirements: none (just a browser)
Features: Though it can’t save your results, and it’s not exactly great for copying and pasting results to other folks, Toast does offer a functional speed test – and it doesn’t require Flash or Java. There’s a lot of upselling involved (they really want you to sign up for their service), but if you’re unable to install Flash or Java, it’s certainly helpful.