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I use an Apple Airport Extreme to connect wirelessly to the internet. It is connected to a Thomson modem (TG585 V7). I've recently switched ISP's and am in the process of an upgrade to ADSL2 and I want to be able to check my internet speeds to make sure I'm getting what I'm paying for. The thing is, I don't know how to check on the speeds. If I was connected directly to the modem, I "think" I could check the modem stats (or so I've been told), but that's not the case.
SO - does anyone know how to check internet up/down speeds using Snow Leopard?
Thanks.

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A few things.
This speed test tool gives you the results in both bits and bytes (bottom of the page) so you don't have to convert.
http://speakeasy.net/speedtest/
Second, the Airport channel probably won't have much effect unless your signal is really bad. The reason is that your local wireless connection has a much higher capacity than your modem connection. The local network is usually not the bottleneck, your connection to the Internet is.
Also, my Airport base station has an "Automatic" option so that it picks the channel with the best signal. You could leave it on that.
Finally, you can monitor network throughput in real time by using your Activity Monitor and clicking the Network tab. You'll see Data received/sec and Data sent/sec.

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