Seeking traffic generation & measurement

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Benchmarking
Network monitoring
I am seeking software to measure the traffic carried by a local area network. Can you direct me to an artificial network traffic generator? The features that I need are: The ability to provide a uniform packet stream at up to a 54 Mb/s link rate. The ability to produce a continuous stream of packets preferably until instructed to stop or alternatively over a period of several minutes. Operation under Windows XP. (I am using a special interface for which no Linux driver is available.) I also want a traffic generator that measures the traffic that is successfully sent (though a separate measurement package could work.) A single software package can avoid the error associated with asynchronisms between the traffic generator and the measurement interval. The data returned by the measurement must be updated continuously for my application, rather than only after all measurements have completed (as does Qcheck.)

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2 words: “Antara Flamethrower”
If you want to generate loads of traffic, this IS the box to own.

As for measuring what passes through, I actually like MRTG, which is free/shareware – if you have SNMP manageable network equipment.

If you need measurements with more granularity, perhaps some other group member can help you there.

Bob

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