The musings of an IT Consultant

Sep 30 2011   11:51PM GMT

Is your Internet as fast as you think it is?

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! Here’s a common problem with both home and business users. You pay for a certain amount of bandwidth and don’t realize you’re not getting what you have paid for.

How can you combat this? Well most ISP’s offer a speed testing web site where you can test this kind of thing out. But you can also use your own network monitoring tools to report on bandwidth to you. My favourite product to do this as I’ve mentioned before is SolarWinds Orion NPM with the Netflow add-on.

By monitoring this, you can make sure your ISP is not stiffing you. On the other side of things, you might be getting the bandwidth you need but maybe a user in your environment is hogging it all by using torrents or something similar. Another good reason to network monitor.

-RP

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