Usage Testing - Speed Testing
Now that we are done looking at the CM, let's move onto probably one of the more exciting aspects of the review - speed testing!
After minimal tweaking (placing the antenna very close to our office window - in fact, it was sitting in the window seal from the eleventh floor of our building), we did some speed testing to see exactly what we could get out of the C100 and Chung Hwa Telecom HSDPA service here in Taiwan.
We used a local Taiwan internet speed tester from Anet to measure attainable download speeds and were very pleased with the results. As you can see from the results above, we managed to hit a little over 1.5Mbps (or 189.2KB/s) which is about what we expected.
According to the CM, it peaked at 1.8Mbps (or 230KB/s) at some point but 1.5Mbps is not too bad for an internet connection on the move - surely fast enough to perform most tasks and it is important to remember it is as fast (if not faster) than standard ADSL fixed line phone connections.
Keep in mind, this is not to say the BandRich C100 is limited to this speed - we have tested with other HSDPA devices such as the UBiQUiO 503G mobile phone using the same SIM card in the same location and we saw similar results. In fact, the 503G only managed to attain 1.1Mbps over its Windows Mobile 6 internet sharing program via USB.
Depending on where you are located and what your phone company provides (and what time you are using the connection), you will see faster or slower download speeds including 7.2Mbps, 3.6Mbps, 1.8Mbps (this seems to be what the Taipei network is limited to at the moment), 1.2Mbps or 384Kbps. Upload speeds are capped at a maximum of up to 384Kbps.
The above is a handy screenshot of everything in action when downloading from a local server, it was reaching 183KB/s which really is not too shabby. It is not the 1024KB/s we sometimes see from our ADSL2 connection but if you were out and about and away from home or office, it is better than 56k dial-up or no Internet connection at all. Click on the image for a larger version!