We've been having ongoing problems with our LA provided Internet connection.
The SLT have asked me to record and graph the quality of the connection, and also provide something that alerts when the connection is problematic.
My networking skills aren't the best, but I do already use The Dude for LAN monitoring (simple PING-ing of vital network assets).
I could of course use The Dude to ping external resources (aside from the issue of what to ping), but ultimately I don't think this is a great gauge of what the fundamental problem is, which is the speed of web browsing.
So two questions:
1. Is there something other than The Dude which will simply record and graph the stability of a connection? The more tests it can do the better (PING, DNS resolution speed... what else?), and I'm sure we can spend money to get something decent.
2. Is there something which will test web browsing? e.g. open a handful of sites say once every 5 minutes and time how long they take to open, then record that and alert if it goes above a certain threshold.