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Network Analysis Using Wireshark Cookbook by Yoram Orzach

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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.

Getting ready

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 ...

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