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Hi Robin,<br /><br />good questions. First the good news: Yes we have definite plans to enable specific communities share measurements. One way is for hosts to cooperate in a 'team', another is for a 'sponsor' to sponsor a number of probes and earn 'sponsor credits'. I will describe that in the next article of this series. Stay tuned.<br /><br />The bad news is that our first version of the probes is not really geared to measure what most people focus on: broadband speeds a la speedtest.net. There are two reasons for this: first of all the probe cannot easily take into account competing traffic on its connection as I described in <a href="https://labs.ripe.net/Members/dfk/a-small-probe-for-active-measurements" rel="nofollow">https://labs.ripe.net/[&hellip;]/a-small-probe-for-active-measurements</a> . Secondly the first version probe processor can only transmit and recieve about 10Mbit/s worth of IP packets.<br />We are interested in ping, traceroute and service measurements, hence we have not optimised our design for raw speed. We believe that raw speedtests to/from near targets are not all that is interesting in the long run. Also these are best done incidentally and under user control and others like <a href="http://www.speedtest.net/" rel="nofollow">http://www.speedtest.net/</a> and <a href="http://www.samknows.com/broadband/index.php" rel="nofollow">http://www.samknows.com/broadband/index.php</a> already provide those.<br /><br />If there is enough interest the next version of our probe may at least be faster. Our probe programming team wishes for that as well. ;-)<br /><br />I hope this answers some of the questions on your mind. Stay tuned for the next couple of articles that will explain the team, sponsor and community concepts.<br /><br />Daniel