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Internet Safety

Here is a great parent’s guide to internet safety for kids. This guide features what children do online, the threat of online strangers and how to ensure a healthy balance between Internet use, your children’s online privacy, digital security and more on online safety to mention.

Miscellaneous Links

How to check your cable modem signal levels (copy & paste these links)

  • If you have a Motorola brand or Arris brand modem, send your web browser to
  • If you have a 3Com Tailfin (for early firmware versions), send your web browser to
  • If you have a 3Com Tailfin (for recent firmware versions, send your web browser to

Apple Status Pages

Apple - Support - System Status
System Status - Apple Developer

Find more status links at

Internet Diagnostic Tools

Different from bandwidth testers, Internet Diagnostic Tools try to test the reliablity and operational status of your desktop computer and network connection. They use several different methods to do this. Also useful to test if your ISP is manipulating your traffic. Most of them are to be considered experimental.

Open Observatory of Network Interference
Network Diagnostic Tool (NDT) Downloads
Internet2 Performance Initiative
Chrome Connectivity Diagnostics

Network Troubleshooting Tools

Web-based networking toolkits often offer numerous ways to test routes, domains, and other issues that will directly affect your network.
DNS Stuff
DNS Inspect
MTX Toolbox Supertool

Internet Weather/Health Report

These sites try to display metrics on overall Internet performance, monitoring availability and latency between major Tier One backbones. It helps you quickly identify and diagnose problems in your Internet connectivity, application, or Web server infrastructure.
Internet Traffic Report
Internet Weather Map
Akamai Real-Time Web Monitor
UCLA Network Weather Report
State of the Internet by Pingdom
AT&T Global IP Network Status
Cogent Communications Global IP Network Status
CenturyLink IP Network Statistics
Overall Lumen (CenturyLink) Status
Sprint Performance

Internet Service Providers Bandwidth Testers

Testing your internet speed between your home or business and your Internet Service Provider is the best way to go if you're planning on making an argument to your ISP about your slow internet connection.
While it's possible that some of the other more generic internet speed tests further down our list are technically more accurate, it'll be a hard case to make to your ISP that your internet service isn't as fast as it should be unless you can show the same with the bandwidth tests they provide.

AT&T High Speed Internet Speed Test
CenturyLink Broadband Speed Test
Google Fiber Speed Test
Verizon Speedtest
Comcast Speed Test
Cox Internet Speed Test
Fios Speed Test
FrontierNet Network Speed Test
Spectrum Speed Test
TDS Telecommunications Speed Test

Generic Bandwidth Testers
Cloudflare Internet Speed Test - Measure Latency & Jitter
SpeedOf.Me, HTML5 Speed Test | No Flash/Java Need
Internet Health Test Speed Test
Broadband Reports
Bandwidth Place
Speakeasy Speed Test

MPS Consulting Text Based Speed Test

Most people feel the need to test how fast their broadband modem is at downloading or uploading. To answer this need, several speed testing sites have sprung up. The problem is, none of these tests measure the actual speed of your modem: what they measure is the bandwidth between your modem and the test site itself, subject to a maximum cut-off at the speed of the modem. The bandwidth between two points on the Internet is determined by the hop in the path which has the least available spare capacity, and if that limiting bandwidth is less than that of the modem, then that is the reading that the speed test will return. This figure might or might not be typical of speeds you could expect to see from other sites, or at other times, depending on where and when the bottleneck is.

If you are fortunate enough to choose a test site where the available free bandwidth on all hops is greater than the speed of your modem, then the test site will indeed measure the speed of your cable modem, which is then the limiting bottleneck.

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