Using MobaXterm to test speed on your network.

Using MobaXterm to test speed on your network.

The network is slow is a common refrain from customer. Its important to be able to test network speed from one endpoint to another. It is good to be able to determine a benchmark speed within your network. MobaXterm can help do that.

MobaXterm allows you to launch some light daemons (TFTP, HTTP, FTP, SSH/SFTP, TELNET) from the main interface. You can manage these daemons by clicking on the appropriate button from the top toolbar.

MobaXterm can also run a variety of other Network Services.

  • TFTP
  • NFS
  • VNC
  • Cron
  • Iperf

These network services are available in the free version of MobaXterm. Iperf is the one we will be concentrating on.

What is Iperf?

Iperf is a widely used tool for network performance measurement and tuning. It is significant as a cross-platform tool that can produce standardized performance measurements for any network.

Wikepedia – iperf

Iperf in conjunction with traceroute can help pinpoint bottlenecks in networks. Depending on the tools available a laptop MobaXterm can help.

Use MobaXterm to start an Iperf Server. This can be found from the Servers management window.

Servers management window MobaXterm
Servers management window

Iperf is mostly available for Linux, but for windows mileage with different implementations may vary. In my humble experience its either MobaXterm or a real Linux equivalent.

With MobaXterm installed on a second windows machine Click the “Start local terminal” button to open a terminal window where you can type Linux-like commands. If you need to you can brush up on iperf here

Start local terminal

iperf -c

iperf output

This is another reason I paid for this program.

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