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I would like to measure how fast my site loads from different locations around the world. What is the best way to do this?

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A couple good tools that I have run across for doing this are Pingdom Tools and BrowserMob. Of the two I like the results interface from BrowserMob the most.

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Yes, pingdom is fine, but it only calls from North America and Europe. It would be cool with locations elsewhere in the world. –  Niels Brinch Nov 7 '12 at 17:12
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www.pingdom.com

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Pingdom is awesome. If it's a single site it's free. The sysadmins like it too because there is an iPhone app that can alert you when responses out of range such when you are experiencing the slashdot effect. –  MikeJ Oct 23 '10 at 12:51
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WebPageTest currently lets you test your site for free from 8 locations across the world & there was info at Velocity 2010 that more test locations are coming up. It even lets you configure browser, connection & band-width type & also choose from other test settings.

When you submit a URL to test, it generates a comprehensive report that includes load time & recommendations for optimizing the webpage.

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I've been using the tor network. it alows me to randomly connect through proxies throughout the world and is completely free. combine that with firebug and the tor plug in for firexof and it only takes a few seconds to quickly check how the page loads elsewhere in the world

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It won't be perfect or even consistent over time, but you can use the IP address of your site and do a pingback or tracert using a site like:

tracert.com

It allows you to select various points of origin and trace at the same time.

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You could try http://just-ping.com/.

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http://www.alertfox.com has free and paid account. What I like about this service is that it offers transaction monitoring in real web browsers (IE, Firefox and Chrome). So we can use it to monitor our Flash games, too.

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