An app to test my internet speed/bandwidth at regular intervals

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by paulobrad, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. paulobrad macrumors regular

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    I'm looking for an app for my mac which can test my ADSL download speed automtically at regular intervals through the day and log the results for me to look over later.

    Anyone got any ideas? Thanks.
     
  2. DPA macrumors 65816

    DPA

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    There is SpeedTest.Net, but that doesn't test automatically at regular intervals.

    David
     
  3. paulobrad thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, thanks for that but I've used that and need an actual application so I can monitor how it changes through the day.
     
  4. DPA macrumors 65816

    DPA

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    It shouldn't vary exponentially, unless something is wrong on your ISP's end.

    David
     
  5. paulobrad thread starter macrumors regular

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    It does vary to an extent, and some ISPs shape the traffic and/or limit it at times of day - so would e interesting to see a variation at different times.
     
  6. DPA macrumors 65816

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    It would be interesting. If you contact your ISP they may be able to send you a report of your internet connection speeds.

    David
     
  7. bsheridan macrumors 6502

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    You could try Net Monitor and see if it suits you. It measures your download speed as opposed to your internet speed though.
    More useful info


    b.
     
  8. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    +1 ^^^ I like this one....:cool::cool::cool::cool::cool:
     
  9. LtRammstein macrumors 6502a

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    You could always install pfSense on your Mac. I use pfSense for my use, and it's pretty good.
     
  10. jeremybuff macrumors regular

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    If you don't have a real good reason to test your speeds, and are just curious, then don't waste your time. Like was mentioned above, they shouldn't vary much, plus an app like that will just eat away at your RAM and slow that connection a bit when it's testing. Plus, if you're using the Internet when it tests in the background, you won't get a solid reading anyway. It would be a waste.
     
  11. boast macrumors 65816

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    i can only think of a more "messy way" of doing it using terminal.

    you can setup a cronjob to run every hour or so. you can use wget to download a specific file from the web, and then logging it

    like this:

    Code:
    wget http://www.opera.com/download/get.pl?id=31995&location=257&nothanks=yes&sub=marine | tee log
    would leave you with many "wget-log.*" files in the directory containing this:

    Code:
    --2009-03-26 09:24:43--  http://www.opera.com/download/get.pl?id=31995
    Resolving www.opera.com... 195.189.143.135
    Connecting to www.opera.com|195.189.143.135|:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 302 Found
    Location: ftp://get.opera.com/pub/opera/mac/964/Opera_9.64_Setup_Intel.dmg [following]
    --2009-03-26 09:24:44--  ftp://get.opera.com/pub/opera/mac/964/Opera_9.64_Setup_Intel.dmg
               => `Opera_9.64_Setup_Intel.dmg'
    Resolving get.opera.com... 213.236.208.156
    Connecting to get.opera.com|213.236.208.156|:21... connected.
    Logging in as anonymous ... Logged in!
    ==> SYST ... done.    ==> PWD ... done.
    ==> TYPE I ... done.  ==> CWD /pub/opera/mac/964 ... done.
    ==> SIZE Opera_9.64_Setup_Intel.dmg ... 8239125
    ==> PASV ... done.    ==> RETR Opera_9.64_Setup_Intel.dmg ... done.
    Length: 8239125 (7.9M)
    
    
    74% [============================>          ] 6,140,160    344K/s  eta 7s      
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    100%[======================================>] 8,239,125    289K/s   in 26s     
    
    2009-03-26 09:25:12 (315 KB/s) - `Opera_9.64_Setup_Intel.dmg' saved [8239125]
     
  12. paulobrad thread starter macrumors regular

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    #12
    Going to give this a bump - thanks for your suggestions but none quite give me what I'm sure must be out there, a small app that can do a speed test (not just a ping) at regular intervals all day and log it.

    Any more ideas? Thanks.
     

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