Re: SM reported as Chrome?
- Date: Thu, 02 Mar 2017 22:36:52 -1000
- From: Desiree <melelina@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: SM reported as Chrome?
On 3/2/2017 7:38 PM, Daniel wrote:
On 3/03/2017 11:01 AM, Mr. Ed wrote:
On 03/02/17 2:19 PM, David E. Ross wrote:
On 3/2/2017 11:09 AM, David E. Ross wrote:
On 3/2/2017 10:31 AM, Mr. Ed wrote:
On 03/02/17 12:39 PM, David E. Ross wrote:
On 3/2/2017 3:43 AM, Mr. Ed wrote:
Interesting - Running speed tests on www.dslreports.com they have my
browser listed as:
Device / OS desktop / Windows Win10
Browser Android Chrome version: 54.0.2840.85
Where (or how) does DSLReports show what browser you are using?
Go down left side select "Speed Tests".
Select connection type and run tests.
After test is done select "Results" and scroll down.
Just did it again and this time I get:
Device / OS desktop / Windows Win10
Browser Firefox version: 51.0
Interesting since my User Agent shows neither Chrome not Firefox. It is:
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64; rv:51.0) Gecko/20100101 SeaMonkey/2.48
I think they need a better 'sniffer'.
Hmmm! It correctly got my system (desktop, Windows 7) on all tests. On
the first test, it said I am using Safari 10.0.3. On a rerun, it then
said I am using Chrome 56.0.2924.87. Another rerun after disabiling my
Secret Agent extension, it then said I am using Android Chrome
58.0.3026.5. (Is there a desktop version of Android Chrome?)
All this makes me doubt the accuracy of the DSLReports tools.
Running SeaMonkey 2.46 in Safe Mode (something I forget to mention in my
prior message), it said I am using Mobile Safari 9.0.
You're right. Makes all the other information suspect
Has anybody bothered to tell dslreports.com?? I don't know if they
I'm a 16 year member of dslreports and I've been using the new speed
test since it was in beta a couple of years ago. Justin (the site
owner) will appreciate any feedback on problems like what have been
reported here. Dslreports is one of the few sites where you can post
anon so go to this very long (36 pages, 1776 replies thread begun two
years ago) and add your feedback about your problems (everyone in this
(The site defaults to https but I use the Proxomitron which doesn't work
on secure sites so my link is to the non-secure page but it will
automatically default for you as secure). Some members (I am one) have
found that the NON secure test page works better for them in terms of
the speed reported.
SeaMonkey 2.46 gives me the highest score there of all my browsers. GO
SEA MONKEY GO! (I also use Fx 45.7 ESR, Vivaldi 1.7.735.46, and Pale
Moon 26.5). SeaMonkey is identified by the test as Fx 49. Vivaldi is
identified as current Chrome. Fx is identified as Fx 45. Pale Moon is
identified as Pale Moon 26.5. I am running on a Windows 8 desktop and
the test correctly identifies this on all browsers. Pale Moon does ok
on the download portion of the test but very poorly on upload test
because it only uses ONE STREAM and Moonchild has said using multiple
streams (I have set the test to 24 download streams and 20 up based on
my speed from my ISP) is silly and he refused to fix the problem. The
test does do best on the latest browser versions (at least on Windows)
which is probably why SeaMonkey scores better than Fx 45 ESR.
These FAQ http://www.dslreports.com/faq/toolquestion/2_Speed_Test#17930
address many of the problems some have with the test but I don't see
anything about the test detecting the wrong browser. (Maybe I do well
on the test because I have an SSD for mu C drive which has a much
faster write speed than my data drive with its spinning disk). I do
recall about a year ago, when the test was detecting some of my browsers
incorrectly (no problems with correct detection of my version of
Windows) and I reported those in the thread and it got fixed.
Did you all just use defaults for the test? You can go in and set your
choices for how many streams up and down, whether or not to test for or
ignore buffer bloat, etc. With the caveat that I haven't been following
the thread recently (have not read it since last September), I am
puzzled as to why someone on Windows 7 , for instance, would get such
strange results as to their browser. Possibly, you are running software
that is interfering. Justin lists some of it. I have to bypass the
Proxomitron to do the test as otherwise "alien script" is detected and
it won't test. There are a set of FAQ for the test as well as the
humungous thread but post in the thread. I have Secret Agent on Pale
Moon and I do disable it if I test with Pale Moon (but Pale Moon is
backward when it comes to HTML5 tests -it also does poorly on Source
Forge's HTML5 speed test - so I don't use it to test with unless it is a
If you join Dslreports, the site will save all your speed tests
infinitely and you will have charts, etc for use in looking at past
tests, times taken, etc. Plus, whatever choices you make to how you
want the test to run will be remembered by the site if you are a member
and it is free to join. I have used just about every speed test
available since I got broadband in June 2001. This one is not perfect,
but I consider it to the best currently.
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