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need a free or very cheap bandwidth monitoring tool that is reliable

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i have a leased mpls line that is meant to be running at 45meg
however when i do a file copy over this link it is very very slow and the tools i am using
show it is only using around 2meg
i need a tool to see if this link is running at 30meg
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Question by:dougdog
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Hi Dougdog

I have used PRTG in the past. It is usefull even in "trail" mode. Just remember that it is based on ping response times and if your network QOS setup does not allocate priority to the required traffic it might end up with inaccurate info / reports when the line is under pressure.

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I have experienced a similar problem in the past with speeds on MPLS. You might end up with a scenario where you will need to do a tracert from the site to a different location. You might notice that the speed on the line from your location runs correctly until it hits the ISP "cloud/network". odds are it goes wrong within their config.
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Regards
Robert
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by:Rick_O_Shay
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Ixia Qcheck using the TCP throughput test with 1000kBytes packet size will generally show the maximum you can get through a network path. it requires the application to be running on a PC at each site. I use RDP to control the remote one.
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by:pgm554
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Try this and post results:

http://nitro.ucsc.edu/
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i need to be able to pick the ip address it monitors
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nitro doesnt seem to be able to do a from ip to ip
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qcheck does not seem to be relaible
it is showing me around 1meg on a 10meg line
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If you want ip to ip ,then you need to set up jperf.

http://openmaniak.com/iperf.php#jperf


One end is set up as client,the other is set up as server.

The nitro was to test for issues for infrastructure and isp bottlenecks.
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