The Internet connection in college is pretty fast, in fact you can’t get much faster considering we’re directly connected to the SuperJANET backbone, the UK’s education and research network. The network is government funded and the largest of its type in the UK with cross-continental links to Asia and the US – quite impressive.

Backbone Diagram

I was downloading a couple of fairly large files the other day and was pretty astounded by the transfer speeds I was getting, close to 1megabits per second through a proxy server.

Fast Download!

I decided to run a bandwidth speed test with Ethernet being the base connection type. It worked out that connection speeds averaged out at about 2.6 megabits per second which is higher than average for the UK! You can see the results here. Now if only they allowed BitTorrent connections through properly…


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