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Bandwidth and QoS testing across a WAN

iamthepiemaniamthepieman Registered User regular
I searched on this forum and H&A and didn't see anything relevant.

I'm looking for a way to test bandwidth over a WAN. I know there's speedtest.net and other similar websites but they test and external internet connection.

I would like something that gives more statistics and information that say, transferring a really large file and dividing the bytes by the amount of time it takes.

Also, I need a way to generate specific types of packets to test voice traffic, web traffic etc.

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    DigitalSynDigitalSyn Dr Digital Cumming, GARegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I searched on this forum and H&A and didn't see anything relevant.

    I'm looking for a way to test bandwidth over a WAN. I know there's speedtest.net and other similar websites but they test and external internet connection.

    I would like something that gives more statistics and information that say, transferring a really large file and dividing the bytes by the amount of time it takes.

    Also, I need a way to generate specific types of packets to test voice traffic, web traffic etc.

    I work for a company that is constantly doing these types of tests, and I can tell you there is no simple solution.

    Companies pay BIG BUCKS for software suites to automate this type of testing. Getting a dedicated offsite VPS ( slicehost.com, linode.com ) and install VOIP/HTTP software and run your own tests.

    I know of no "pull the trigger and done" solution, even in the fortune 500 world.

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    NailbunnyPDNailbunnyPD Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I've used PRTG in the past to monitor bandwidth usage. Its been a few years since I've used it, so they've probably expanded its capabilities.

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    iamthepiemaniamthepieman Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Thanks for the tips. I think I may be able to do this with MRTG.

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    punkpunk Professional Network Nerd Phoenix, AZRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    WANEM may suit your needs. It's free, open-source and Linux-based. One of the other engineers at work has been using it to test Cisco WAAS.

    MRTG is the way to go if you want statistics, graphing, etc. Your network devices will need to be SNMP-capable, though. Not sure what you've got. :)

    There's also RRDTool and Cacti (based on RRD), too.

    Good luck!

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