mpls bandwidth measurement

I have a 10MB MPLS connection to my headquarter and I am skeptical that my provider gave me the 10mb service. How would I go by proving that they actually give me what I pay for? Thanks
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leblancAccountingAsked:
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giltjrCommented:
Is this a site to site connection?

What is the bandwidth at the other end?

Is it only a single site to site, as opposed to a hub and spoke setup where there are multiple remote sites connecting to a single central site.

If this is a single site-to-site connection use ftp or sftp and transfer a file between the sites.

You also need to know what else is going on at that time, as if there is other traffic you will not get the full 10 Mbps.
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leblancAccountingAuthor Commented:
It is full meshed with 5 sites.
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giltjrCommented:
Then this will be difficult.  If each site as 10 Mbps and every site is trying to communicate with each other site then you will only get about 2 Mbps between each site pair, but you will get about 10 Mbps.

You would need to do a ftp test during a time period when very little if anything is going on.

I would get some simple networking monitoring tool (MRTG or PRTG) and monitor the network interfaces that connect to the mpls cloud.  This will show you the total bandwidth going in and out, but not to each site individually.
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surbabu140977Commented:
There are some traffic generators which will choke your bandwidth and mrtg/prtg will then record what's the actual capacity. You have to find them yourself from google since they are potentially destructive in nature, hence would not be typing the names here.  If you can find them, test them during off hours and you can see which link is giving you what capacity.......

Best,
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madunix (Fadi SODAH)Commented:
Try Cacti, it's a complete network graphing solution using RRDTool's data storage and graphing functionality. http://www.cacti.net/
http://oss.oetiker.ch/rrdtool/
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