Will Bredbandskollen be able to offer measurements without Flash? This question is often asked of Bredbandskollens support. And the short answer is yes! In just a short time, we hope to be able to offer a Flash-free version of our popular measuring instrument.
When we started our tool Bredbandskollen (”The Broadband Check”) we looked at a number of different approaches. Flash was at that time the best solution to make correct measurements of broadband speed. Over time, we further developed our measurement technology in Flash (and also the measurement servers). This has led to, with the help of Flash, a well-working correct measure – up to several gigabits in speed.
The future without Flash
With Apple’s launch of iOS, we could no longer make a pure Flash version. The solution for iOS and Android was to make an app that measures directly. Then we could write the measuring motor in the client programming language C. At the same time, we can get very good measurements and are able to measure high speeds.
During the past year, several things have happened. Chrome blocked Flash completely from version 52, as did Firefox. This has naturally caused us to think more about the future.
The advantage of Flash was that one could open sockets directly (a fairly low level of network management, that gives very good and accurate measuring capabilities) and work with them.
Of course, we were also forced to update the measurement servers so that they also understood web sockets and could handle measurements with them.
The next step was to see that the browsers were sufficiently ”multi-threaded”, so both the test code and the web sockets code could be executed in threads, which was noted at the end of last year.
Today, this has led to an almost complete beta version of Bredbandskollen that we have tested internally and that works well up to gigabit speeds (in some browsers).
We have done some (not quite a hundred percent empirical) measurements with alternatives to Bredbandskollen. These have been made with a 100-megabit connection and are, of course, a bit varying depending on where the measurement servers are located. Latency, for some servers located outside of Sweden, was not so good. All of these are measurements made without Flash.
|bredbandskollen.se||2,20 ms||89,61 Mbit/s||70,88 Mbit/s|
|Speedtest.net||–||90,17 Mbit/s||86,05 Mbit/s|
|Speedtest.att.com||30,1 ms||30,1 Mbit/s||20,42 Mbit/s|
|Bandwithplace.com||19 ms||25,79 Mbit/s||74,17 Mbit/s|
When are we finished?