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webpagetest.org speeds do not match other testing sites
01-14-2016, 08:58 AM
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RE: webpagetest.org speeds do not match other testing sites
(01-14-2016 08:27 AM)doubled Wrote:  
(01-14-2016 08:02 AM)Anton Chigurh Wrote:  WPT uses real connections, real devices, real browsers. Not algorithms or programs. I believe therefore it is really the ONLY objective, repeatable, falsifiable, truly accurate, REAL WORLD tester out there.

It also has the advantage that it's not trying to sell us anything.

Do you happen to know if there is any checks when a testing location is set up to make sure that the times are reliable from that location? I am just needing to clarify as our IT department's own software lists the times differently and I have an uphill battle explaining the times I am getting from WPT.
Since it is real connections just like your visitors and users have, the vagaries of the web come into play. This is why when I use WPT as a tool to optimize sites, I test from only one location and one browser.

Location: Dulles VA (Because I have found it to be the most consistent and reliable device/connection, and it is Patrick Meenan's own personal setup.)

Browser: IE11 (Because this is "worst case" it counts ALL of your requests, doesn't hide any like Chrome does.

Explain to your IT eggheads that WPT is real world, not virtual like everything else you have mentioned. And have them google "Patrick Meenan."
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RE: webpagetest.org speeds do not match other testing sites - Anton Chigurh - 01-14-2016 08:58 AM

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