Anyone using Cocktail Software for optimizing network?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mindquest, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. mindquest macrumors regular

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    I was looking at this software to help me optimize my network/internet connection:

    Cocktail
    http://www.maintain.se/cocktail/index.php

    Has anyone had experience with this software or can recommend something better?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Just based on the overall tone of your post, I question whether or not this program is actually going to make any difference on your network or how you perceive its performance.

    What exactly makes you think you need this?
     
  3. mindquest thread starter macrumors regular

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    No bias intended towards or against it, new to MAC but PC geek for years. I only came across this software but figured with all the MAC experts on here that there might be other viable options from other software vendors.
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Viable options for what? Why do you think a program like Cocktail is necessary?
     
  5. mindquest thread starter macrumors regular

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    Look at the overview in regards to networking and you will see what I am looking for.

    http://www.maintain.se/cocktail/index.php

    So miles01110 do you know of any type of software out there for the MAC?
     
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Here's the networking overview:

    1. Unless you are a networking professional, this is unnecessary and won't help you.
    2. This is vague and for the typical end user will make zero difference.
    3. Unless you are a networking professional, this is unnecessary and won't help you.
    4. You don't need special software to do this. http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1549

    So, once again- why do you think you need #1-3, since #4 has been answered for you?
     
  7. mindquest thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'll assume by the continued line of questions on why I need it and not suggestions or recommendations of a software package that your not familiar with this, but thanks for your attempt!
     
  8. al2o3cr macrumors regular

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    Here's a relevant article:
    http://www.brighthub.com/computing/mac-platform/articles/93825.aspx

    In any case, Cocktail isn't doing anything magical to the system; it just provides "chrome" over the various existing interfaces to the network stack.

    So for instance, I could offer nano (a commandline text editor) as a suggestion for network performance tuning, since most of the network features of Cocktail can be replicated by editing /etc/sysctl.conf (example here: http://echeng.com/journal/2010/09/08/mac-os-x-snow-leopard-ethernet-optimization/ ).

    To reiterate miles01110's point, however, can you be more specific about your network tuning needs? A user trying to get the highest possible performance from a NAS array is going to have vastly different options than a user trying to get a lower ping time in an FPS...
     
  9. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You need to learn how to provide relevant information. Since you most likely have no idea what you (or I) am talking about, I'll just assume you are tilting at windmills and will be just fine with the default installation of OS X. Enjoy.
     

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