[Dshield] Any reaonable way to measure connectivity speed?....

john beck jbeck80 at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 30 16:34:34 GMT 2004

They are all correct in the connection speeds of the dsl's, but that just 
checks each sites bandwidth to the testing server, (which in theory should 
be the same, but we know it fluxuates).  The real question is the mechinism 
of remote access, are you tunneling? Or Accessing remote console via term 
serv or pcanywhere, etc.  If tunnel, check the latency of the tunnel with 
ping or packet generator from one home to work, I remember a neat tool from 
Lucent that uses ICMP (same as traceroute) to show times of latency between 
all hops between you and outside connection.  Another aspect in the tunnel 
is IKE likes to fragment, the firewall logs will show your tranmissions, at 
least the sonicwalls do, they will show fragmented packets along the vpn 
tunnel.  In my experience vpn over dsl or cable for running remote sessions 
is irratic (both sites are dsl or broadband), it can be good then change 
then change back.  I even tried to use the QOS of the firewall to carve out 
bandwidth and it did not seem to matter, fragmenting kills, also the router 
that feeds the sessions may be using broadcast (netbios over ip) which adds 
to latency.  I even found that running pcany session outside the tunnel is 
way faster than inside the tunnel, but extremely less secure, trade for 

Hope this helps your endeavors, I know it is not a open shut case, there are 
many variables.

>From: "Jon R. Kibler" <Jon.Kibler at aset.com>
>Reply-To: General DShield Discussion List <list at dshield.org>
>To: General DShield Discussion List <list at dshield.org>
>Subject: Re: [Dshield] Any reaonable way to measure connectivity speed?....
>Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 09:13:46 -0500
>Bob Hillegas wrote:
> >
> > I'm telecommuting from Texas to Tennesee. I have noticed this past
> > weekend a large loss of throughput. Is there any way on a linux box to
> > quantify connectivity? I would like to know where the slowdown occurs.
> > In absence of being able to do that, I would like to be able to quantify
> > what I am subjectively seeing in screen responsiveness so that I can
> > know if changes I make are helping, hurting, or neutral.
> >
>Most xDSL and cable modems allow you to display connection bit-rate
>info that should give you a reasonable measure of data-line speed.
>The traceroute command will allow you to find any net node that is
>causing a delay.
>The ping command can be used to monitor the consistency of transit times.
>There are several web sites that will allow you to run throughput
>speed tests. The one that comes to mind is:
>	http://www.2wire.com
>Hope this helps!
>Jon Kibler
>Jon R. Kibler
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