Measuring total bandwidth on a communication link
In this recipe, we will see how to measure the total bandwidth over a communication line. The first thing of course is to verify the communication line with the service provider. Check whether it is a symmetric or an asymmetric line, and if it is asymmetric, check what the bandwidth is in both directions.
There are two cases that you might need to test:
- When you measure a communication line between two offices: in this case connect your laptop (or any PC on the network) to the LAN, and verify whether you have a server or another PC on the other side of the line
- When you measure a communication line to the Internet, make sure you have a testing server on the Service Provider (SP) side ...