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Old 06-06-2012, 01:39 AM   #1
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Arrow testing internet speed over a longer period of time

I would like to test what my effective download speed is on my debian box. It's directly connected to a FTTH 100/100 connection but I want to know what I'm getting out of that. It used to be 93 mbit or something like that (tested with iperf running on a server at my isp)but lately I've been having some problems regarding slow connections. What I would like to do is test both down and upload speed at the same time but I don't have much resources available but my own debian box on these speeds. How would I be able to fully test the connection for say about 5 minutes.

For the download I was thinking scripting something in bash starting multiple instances using
wget -O /dev/null http://speedtestserver/1000mb.bin
or something like that.

Any tips for doing the same on uploading here?

thanks in advance, Steven

tl;dr internet seems slow, short speedtest says it's okay but I want to test for a longer duration.

Last edited by Steviepower; 06-06-2012 at 01:40 AM. Reason: added tl;dr
Old 06-06-2012, 02:48 AM   #2
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This would be an effective denial of service attack on your own link, as well as potentially for the target hosts for the upload.
If you are positive you can safely do that, you could genereate an outgoing flow to one or more IPs with something like mz, and measure the speed at the local interface with speedometer or other similar tool.
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:18 AM   #3
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Thanks for the tip, I'm going to try and pull some strings at my isp to get them to set that up.


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