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Old 10-20-2007, 03:09 PM   #1
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Is there a Linux program to evaluate/Internet connections?

It seems that a lot of my problems come from configuring network cards and connections! Is there a software program that will evaluate all your connections and provide a report as the "System" sees everything in a language (with explanations) new people to Linux can understand?
Old 10-20-2007, 04:21 PM   #2
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Not sure about the simplicity aspect, but it sounds like you are interested in 'Wireshark' which you can locate easy enough using Google.
I wouldn't call it a 'beginners' program, but spend a tiny bit of time playing with it, and it becomes less complicated; it's pretty easy to do basic stuff with it.

The 'ifconfig' and 'route -n' commands will give you very basics about the configured and active devices currently available on the system.

And finally, in between these two things, is Nmap, which has some tools for checking and testing various aspects of the NIC connectivity of various devices.

Nmap, ifconfig and route should all be on your system already. Wireshark is a free download of about 10 MB or so.

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Old 10-21-2007, 11:49 AM   #3
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Take a look at the lspci command. Specifically, lspci -xxx will give lots of information.

Easy to use? No. Well, it is if you speak the language. But you have no choice but to speak the language; you really can't make the process simple for someone who isn't knowledgeable of the topic.

Also you might want to look at ifconfig, which tells you how your current network configuration is set up. Also route, which describes your routing table.

The aforementioned wireshark is very useful for tracking down communication and protocol problems, but you need to understand the protocols to use it effectively.
Old 10-21-2007, 01:11 PM   #4
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Thank you all, I'll check the things suggested out
Old 10-21-2007, 01:24 PM   #5
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Thank you all, I'll check the things suggested out
The "ifconfig" gave me the information I wanted to know at least for the 1st leg of my problem. I'll make another post about a problem concerning fire wall (I think), and open ports.


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