Network Speed

Network speed measures the upload and download speed of a connection as well as latency.

NetBeez offers scheduled network speed tests and the ability to conduct ad-hoc network speed tests via the Ad-Hoc Testing tab and Agent Console.

Scheduled Network Speed Test Tab

With NetBeez, network speed tests can be configured and scheduled to run at a user-defined interval.  On the Network Speed Tab under Tests, you can view existing network speed tests or add a new one.

Scheduled Network Speed Test Details

To view the details of a specific scheduled network speed test, click on the corresponding table entry on the Network Speed Tab.  This will launch the Scheduled Network Speed Test Details.

The Scheduled Network Speed Test Details displays current and historical data about the test.  In the first panel, the visual slider displays aggregate performance data about the test over time and serves as a means to access information on past test runs.  For network speed tests, the slider’s metrics include download speed (mbps), upload speed (mbps), and latency (ms).  Click on a test run to see more details.  This detail panel displays per-agent performance information about the selected test run.  Upon clicking on an agent from the list of agents in the test, an additional panel will open, which displays the historical data of that particular agent over time.

Setting Up a Scheduled Network Speed Test

To create a new scheduled network speed test, click the Add Network Speed Test entry on the Network Speed Tab.  Follow these steps to configure your test:

  1. Select the Source Agents.
  2. Configure the test:
    1. Select the test type from the following:
      1. Ookla: For this test type, optionally check the box if you would like to use a secure connection, and then select one of the following:
        1. Ookla Server ID:  Either enter the ID of a particular Ookla server or leave the field blank to automatically select the nearest Ookla server. A list of Ookla servers can be found here: https://www.speedtestserver.com/
        2. Mini Server URL:  Select this option to use your own mini SpeedTest server.
      2. NDT: Enter the fully qualified domain name of an NDT server.
      3. Fast.com: This test measures the agent's download speed via Fast.com
  3. Schedule the test
    1. Use the scheduling interface to set at what times and how frequently the test will run.
      Note: Be sure to double check the schedule you have entered.
  4. Click Save

 

Conducting a Network Speed Test with the Agent Console

To run a network speed test via the Agent Console, just type speedtest-cli --simple at the prompt.

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Ad-Hoc Network Speed Tests

In addition to scheduled network speed tests, the NetBeez dashboard also offers ad-hoc network speed tests via the Ad-Hoc Testing Tab.

To run an ad-hoc network speed test:

  1. On the Ad-Hoc Testing Tab, select Network Speed from the test options.
  2. Configure the test:
    1. Enter the name or IP address of the agent on which you would like to conduct the network speed test.
    2. Select the test type from the following:
      1. Ookla: For this test type, optionally check the box if you would like to use a secure connection, and then select one of the following:
        1. Ookla Server ID:  Either enter the ID of a particular Ookla server or leave the field blank to automatically select the nearest Ookla server.
        2. Mini Server URL:  Select this option to use your own mini SpeedTest server.
      2. NDT: Enter the fully qualified domain name of an NDT server.
      3. Fast.com: This test measures the agent's download speed via Fast.com
    3. Click Run.  The test results will appear to the right.

 

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