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Network Speed Test

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Cinic, Feb 25, 2005.

  1. Cinic

    Cinic Spongy Member

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    I'm looking for a way to test network speed within our office. Not internet speed, but the connections between the machines in the office. We just installed a gigabit switch and I want to make sure it's working correctly.

    I tried googling but ended up with more internet speed tests than what I was looking for.

    I suppose I could try timing some large file transfers, but I was hoping for an easier way or a free tool of some sort.

    Anyone have any input?

    Or we could just start a discussion on how to do it the hard way. I was ending up with some weird issues. Such as large transfers going twice as fast in one direction as the other.

    Also, does hard drive speed ever slow down a transfer like this?

    Thanks.

    John
     
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    fastvfr Ancient Tech

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    Could you just ping the various nodes and look for large lag times? Would that work?
     
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    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

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    grantglock /dev/null

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    set up an ftp server and transfer files from it, some ftp clients show the transfer speed as they are transferring, I know ws ftp does.
     
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    Get TTCP or IPERF. TTCP is slightly simpler, but IPERF is better for profiling a network and also slightly more optimized for higher speed tests. Both are free.