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I want to determine overall load speeds, but also what loads first. One site has a large jpeg for a splash page, and I have some text links, etc. that disappear once the jpeg loads. I need to make sure that everything loads in the correct order.
Thanks in advance.
ps - I don't currently have a dialup account, so I can't just disconnect the cable and dialup.
This is a very interesting question and I would like to know the answer as well. Sometimes when I am concerned about loading time for 56kers I log on a free isp (i use juno), however this is very frustrating as these free isp's are not reliable.
I have seen a website where you type in the URL of the page of interest and it produces a report listing all of the objects that need to be loaded (HTML, styles, scripts, images, etc) and their sizes, along with an estimated loading time at several common download speeds. Can't find the URL right at this moment.
You could have been thinking about Netmechanic. It's an ok service, but it doesn't simulate how your page will look when it loads at a slow speed.
I just tried it on OS X, it works, but seems too slow. The default settings for throttling are...
Bandwidth (Bytes/sec): 5120
Latency (ms): 200
What settings would best simulate a decent 56K? Is the latency to high? I think my old 56K was averaging closer to 5734 bytes/sec if I remember correctly.
So if all is well with averaging connection speeds for a particular bandwidth, you could just divide by 2,4,10/whatever to represent theh load time for a modem?....
I feel pretty confident that the site is quick, but I want to see it at 56k. I might change some image sizes or change the order in which something loads. Or change the table layout to ensure that the title of the site loads quickly before the browser starts rendering another table.
but mainly, it seems like it should be an easy thing to do, choking bandwidth. I am going to look at the Charles product. Then I will dig around and see if I have any proxy software anywhere, and see if that supports bandwidth reduction.
But I don't mean to badmouth either product. I admittedly took a very short look at both of them.
But it was causing a lot of errors to be returned. Like Java socket errors? basically, the error messages were a little over my head and I didn't look at them too closely. But these were errors from sites like Yahoo.
Yahoo would load all its text no problem, then take forever to load images. And this is with full bandwidth. Same with espn, msn, etc. and my own site. So I didn't trust the results. Once I throttled the bandwidth down, Yahoo never did load its images. And i am just talking about the gifs at top for nav.
But it did work to some degree.