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Best way to test ISP connection

I have a business that is looking to ditch an Internet T1 in favor of a wireless Internet provider that is in the area.  Costs are the major factor in the decision.  The business has acked me to test and monitor the wireless connection over a period of a week to see what the average thoroughput is and also log an dropouts in the connection.  What is the easiest and cheapest way (I assume software solution) to complete this test monitor?  I assume I would need to be constantly pinging a DNS server or the gateway and logging any dropouts in the pings.  This would track the uptime.  Maybe on the average bandwidth, I would need to download a medium size file every so often on schedule in order to record the download speeds and then also upload a file every so often to record the upload speeds.  I would then need to average the results.

Is there a program that can do this for me?
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murryc
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Amit KhilnaneyCommented:
This site has many tools for testing connections..

But this one seems like as per your needs...

 
http://www.dslreports.com/faq/13843

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Amit KhilnaneyCommented:
Smokeping
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iamsamCommented:
Pingplotter is also available in at least 3 versions. I believe the std & pro ver. Have more features than the freeware. Your ISP will need to provide you a gateway or dns ip-address or host that they permit ICMP echo req traffic from your end to pass thru.

I am pretty sure there other tools that do similar or even more. Other experts here can contribute as well
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