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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Check Internet Performance with Google's M-Lab


Have you been wondering whether you're getting the broadband connection you were promised by your Internet Service Provider (ISP)?

If your answer is yes, then you'd be happy to know that there are tools being devised by Google's M-Lab, 0r Measurement Lab, that can help get answers to your Internet's performance related questions.

Measuremt Lab Tools can help you test your broadband connection, including measuring its speed and evaluating the performance of certain applications.

M-Lab is at the beginning of its development and is only a "proof of concept", says the M-Lab disclaimer.

When announced, 3 tools will be available on 3 servers at one location, and the tools will only be able to support a limited number of simultaneous users. "We intend to greatly expand the variety of tools and the servers, as well as support more users. A total of 36 servers will be deployed across 12 locations early in 2009, and we hope to roll out others soon after," say the developers at M-Lab.

M-Lab will offer a Network Diagnostic Tool which helps test an Internet connection speed and also offers a diagnosis of problems limiting speed. Also offered is Glasnost, a tool meant to test whether your BitTorrent is being blocked. Lastly, Network Path and Application Diagnosis is a tool offered that diagnoses common problems that impact last-mile broadband networks.

Google will be hosting the tools on 37 servers in the U.S. and Europe.

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