How to run network speed tests on your Webdock server
Last updated: November 8th 2022
This mini-article outlines instructions on how to run and get accurate network speed test results for your Webdock server.
- A Webdock cloud instance (a distro that Webdock supports)
- You have SSH access to your VPS.
Running speed tests
We have seen many users installing the speedtest-cli apt package to run speed tests. But that package is quite outdated and most often outputs inaccurate results. To fix this you can install the CLI provided by Ookla.
Head over to the Ookla CLI page and install it on your server based on your server’s operating system.
Then run the below command and hit yes to the prompts. Right after that, the speed test begins.
By default, the closest test server will be chosen. Sometimes speedtest can be pretty bad at picking the closest server and may pick something which is actually quite far away.
If you want you can list what speedtest thinks are the closest servers and check that. Simply run the speedtest command with the -L flag to view the closest servers.
$ speedtest -L
The output will be similar to this:
Closest servers: ID Name Location Country ============================================================================== 22669 Elisa Oyj Helsinki Finland 39547 BlufVPN Helsinki Finland 31122 RETN Helsinki Finland 25362 Uganda Hosting Limited Helsinki Finland 27828 Cinia Oy Helsinki Finland 14928 Telia Helsinki Finland 14164 DNA Welho Oy Helsinki Finland 32643 Suomi Communications Oy Espoo Finland 50126 lifehost360.com OÜ Tuusula Finland 17372 Telia Eesti AS Tallinn Estonia
Then you can run the speed test by selecting a specific speed test server by its ID. For example:
$ speedtest --server-id 39547
For other flags, you can see the help section of the speedtest package (run speedtest -h to view help information).
Recommended speedtest servers
During testing, we have found a few reliable test servers that give accurate speed test results. We recommend running speed tests using these test server IDs. Depending on where your VPS is physically located:
$ speedtest --server-id 38242 $ speedtest --server-id 13030 $ speedtest --server-id 3025
$ speedtest --server-id 25362 $ speedtest --server-id 14928 $ speedtest --server-id 27828
As an alternative, you can also run the speed tests using iperf.
Execute the below command:
$ curl -sL yabs.sh | bash -s -- -fg
The script runs speed tests against multiple speed test servers across the globe.
The above command is strictly limited to network speed tests. Have a look at this GitHub repo if you want to run CPU, disk r/w tests, and other things.
This article outlined instructions on how to run network speed tests and get accurate test results.