What tools can you use to measure network throughput?

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What tools can you use to measure WAN and LAN network throughput?

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You can measure LAN and WAN throughput using lots of different tools, but two free tools are ping and iPerf. Network testing expert Kevin Tolly shows <a href=”http://searchenterprisewan.techtarget.com/tip/Measuring-WAN-Latency”>how to measure WAN latency</a> using ping and how to read <a href=”http://searchenterprisewan.techtarget.com/tip/Ping-latency-test-results-How-slow-is-your-WAN-link”>ping test results</a> in these two articles. He also teaches you <a href=”http://searchenterprisewan.techtarget.com/tip/How-to-use-iPerf-to-measure-throughput”>how to use iPerf to measure throughput</a> in this article.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Which OS u r using now and versions ! This is required for ans. There r no of tools (both free / cost) for diff OS.
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  • SearchEnterpriseWAN
    We're using Windows7. Why wouldn't I be able to use ping or iPerf for different OS?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    "Why wouldn’t I be able to use ping or iPerf for different OS?", the ans might be known to u. Again u didn't mention which diffs OS u r using.... is this a mixed env ! like Linux, Winds various vers etc. etc. guessing if Linux is there, so take a special care about SAMBA. If there r only Wind flavours, then check cable, nic first then go for next....
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  • carlosdl
    Rechil, do you always post from your mobile phone ? That is the only reason I cant think of for your excessive use of abbreviations. It looks very unprofessional (at least to me), and I find it very strange since you have a blogger badge.
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  • carlosdl
    BTW, as far as I know, iPerf is available for Windows and Linux, so both tools mentioned by TessaLP can be used in any of those OSes.
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  • Labnuke99
    See this blog entry for a good understanding of capacity vs throughput. A valid test would also be installing wireshark on a client or using wireshark portable and running a file upload/download from that client to another system. Capture only traffic between the two hosts involved (or capture everything and then run a display filter as needed). Wireshark has built-in statistics reports that can give you a very good idea of throughput and problems on the link between the client and servers. A good start on finding out more on Wireshark can be the blog postings here on ITKE or Laura Chappel's excellent Wireshark book.
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  • Labnuke99
    I also meant to put a search link to the ITKE blogs which refer to Wireshark.
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  • Labnuke99
    This time with the link to the ITKE blogs.
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