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23rd October 2009, 11:38 AM #1
Internet speed monitoring?
Are there any programs around that can monitor multiple internet connections and monitor the speed of the connections even through a proxy?
We keep getting one teacher here constantly moaning about the internet being slow when it isn't it would be nice to be able to show him a monitored connection showing that it is NOT slow he's just being impatient/the page hes trying to load is on crap hosting (75% of the time it's the VLE which is on uniservity)
Anything like that around?
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23rd October 2009, 11:50 AM #2
Do you have snmp access to your router? I used prtg here to track the in/out rate at the edge of the network and show that although it might seem slow to an individual the whole connection was being maxed out across the school...
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23rd October 2009, 12:15 PM #3
Try this. Runs on linux, needs perl, wget.
Hope someone finds it useful - just spent 10 mins updating it to work with a modernish wget.
It downloads a list of sites, wioth and without caching. Then tells you how long, in seconds, that took.
Cron it in to run every 5 mins, then get excel out and hack up a tasty graph.
Will need editing to suit your proxy and site list.
23rd October 2009, 12:22 PM #4
Originally Posted by tom_newton
Possibly a good idea not to run with the last default site Like the theory about 24 hour downloads too
my @sites = ("http://www.google.co.uk","http://news.bbc.co.uk","http://www.cnn.com","http://blog.flickr.net","http://playboy.com");
23rd October 2009, 12:32 PM #5
Heh, the last site is in there as a "lets see the response time of a blocked site" as it's likely to be blocked by *any* filter. This is a dirty hack to work out if it is the filter that's tardy in responding, or if the internet connection is choked to death.
23rd October 2009, 12:39 PM #6
Ahh so not "I'll just wget -r me playboy.com for the weekend"
23rd October 2009, 01:17 PM #7
Nah.. anyway it only gets the first page + all images.
Irritatingly, playboy's frontpage now contains pictures of boobies. It never used to (it was provocative, but not porn). This made it a good "test site" because if the filter wasn't on/was broken, at least you wouldn't have the embarrassment of "screen-o-tits". Bah.
29th October 2009, 09:14 PM #8
Send them to Speedtest.net - The Global Broadband Speed Test
If you have a decent cache it will be stupidly fast, we're getting about 60mb downloads through a 10mb connection... otherwise I would check via Linux friendly ISP
30th October 2009, 12:55 PM #9
That looks like a pretty nice bit of software. Do you need it on a server as such or did you just install it on your client?
Originally Posted by OutToLunch
Are you using free or have you purchased?
30th October 2009, 01:01 PM #10
@zerohour: this is what you need PRTG Network Monitor - intuitive network monitoring software the freeware version allows for 5 sensors to be checked.
30th October 2009, 01:22 PM #11
Its more of a case of if I install it on my client will it beat down my performance?
30th October 2009, 01:29 PM #12
I use the latest version on a Quad-Core 4Gb ram PC and I dont really see that much of a hit, but then I am only monitoring the Cisco gateway nothing really that intensive.
30th October 2009, 02:55 PM #13
You should be able to phone your RBC and ask for a mrtg snapshot of your connection. Some (most?) log the usage by default, though if you want a detailed "between here and here" snapshot it might take longer.
Use 2600.org instead?
Originally Posted by tom_newton
Last edited by pete; 30th October 2009 at 02:57 PM.
1st November 2009, 11:03 AM #14
Generally speaking the best way to demonstrate it's not your connection but the host of a website is to use a broadband speed tester. The BBC have one which is pretty good and seems fairly accurate. Running that in front of the user should prove your point.
We keep getting one teacher here constantly moaning about the internet being slow
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