Greg sent me a link to a free application Cisco has developed for the BlackBerry Storm and the iPhone. This new Cisco application is intended to let you quickly find out what speed your cellular or Wi-Fi connection is providing for you. You can then submit your test location to help Cisco map out and share speeds. This will also let you compare speeds for cellular and Wi-Fi data between the Storm & iPhone. I can only imagine the kinds of competitions this will lead to at work… 🙂
Once you test your connection the application will give your speed a classification:
- Web 2.0 Grade: surf the web and collaborate, you’re on a solid wave (150 – 449 kbps)
- Music Grade: download/listen to your favorite tunes, you’ve got the bandwidth (450 – 749 kbps)
- Video Grade: get your popcorn—it’s showtime, you’re in the fast lane (750+ kbps)
Sadly it does not look like there is an OTA install option but you can check it out at www.ciscopulse.com. Let me know how your Storm scores in the comments!
NOTE: The test is performed by downloading a known quantity of data from a single web server. The size of the data is different for the different types of network connections, so that the test will take roughly the same amount of time from the user’s perspective. For a cellular network test, 256KB are downloaded. For wireless, 512 KB are downloaded. A single download is performed, timed in milliseconds, and results are reported in terms of 1000 bits per second (kbps). Test results might be impacted by network routing, traffic, congestion and the responsiveness of our server. Results might also vary by the user’s geographical location.