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peed.io is a modern DSL speed test to analyze your broadband internet access. If you find that your
internet connection is too slow or you are
just curious how fast it really is - speed.io is a perfect tool for a fast speed check - worldwide.

Speed.io measures your current internet speed to the server closest to you ("nearest server" is not
wrong but the other way sounds more eloquent)
(we have almost 50.000 servers worldwide). We test your download (speed with which you receive data
from the internet), upload (speed with which you send data to the internet), connection (maximal
number of connections per minute) as well as ping (response time between your computer and the

All tests are performed within your browser over HTTP (TCP) and require no further software other
(same issue as with "nearest server")
than a newer browser with activated Flash.

You can test all kind of connections (LTE, UMTS, GPRS, ISDN, DSL, VDSL or cable).

The speed test from speed.io tells you just how fast your connection is In todays digital age, the
strength and speed of your internet connection is an important part of professional and private life.
Whether broadband, fibre, 3G, HSPA or 4G, the speed test from speed.io tests your connection, allowing
you to verify whether or not your provider is giving you the service youre paying for. Our speed test is
also useful for those who want to compare internet packages. Armed with the test results from your
speed test, you can optimise your connection and get the most out of your online experience.

How does the speed test work?

The speed test gives you the tools you need to run the test entirely in your browser. All you need is a
Flash pluginSpeedtest takes care of all the rest. Simply ensure that your computer or mobile phone /
tablet is connected to the internet either directly via a router with a network cable or via a WiFi network
and press the start button on the speed.io website. The test program then establishes a link with three
nearby servers and measures the speed of your broadband / fibre / wireless connection.

What do the test results mean?

The test results for your broadband or wireless network are broken down into four parts: download,
upload, connects, and pings. The download value tells you how much data your WiFi or broadband
connection can move from the World Wide Web to your computer. The upload value indicates how
quickly you can transfer files from your computer, which is important to know for those who regularly
use cloud services to store files. Connects show you the number of connections that can be established
simultaneously, and the higher the value, the better. Pings refer to the response delay, which is
particularly interesting to gamers. Here, lower values are preferable.

What data transfer rates should you expect to see in the test results?

Your maximum possible data transmission speed depends on whether you have a broadband, fibre, WiFi
or another connection, as well as your pricing plan and service provider. The following is an overview of
the theoretical highest download speeds so you can compare your test results to see just how well your
speed measures up.

ISDN: 64 Kbit/s
DSL / broadband 1000 to 16000: 1024 to 16384 Kbit/s
VDSL: max. 50 Mbit/s or 100 Mbit/s
Cable: max. up to 200 Mbit/s
Fibre: max. up to 200 Mbit/s

In the mobile sector:

GPRS: max. 55 Kbit/s

EDGE: max. 220 Kbit/s
3G: max 384 Kbit/s
HSPA: max. 7.2 or 14 Mbit/s
HSPA+: 42 Mbit/s
4G: max. 50 or 100 Mbit/s

How fast is your internet? Find out now with the accurate and easy-to-use Speedtest from speed.io.

Bandwidth Monitoring
Lets dived all the available bandwidth monitoring tools into 2 sections:
- Tools for current bandwidth usage
- Tools for historical bandwidth usage

View current bandwidth usage

Interactive bandwidth measurement and monitoring can be achieved with the two small tools:
bmon and iftop. They require less system resources on your OpenWrt system.

Using bmon
bmon is available as a package for most platforms and has two interfaces: CLI and HTML.
The cli interface: after being installed (Note: bmon requires some additional packages) you can
run bmon just by typing it and on the console based user interface you can see all the network
interfaces on your system. Pressing "g" shows up a graph with the current bandwidth being used.
Pressing "d" shows up the details of it.
The html interface: you can also configure bmon not just to output in teminal window but to
render html. To do that you need to install uhttp package and do a little bit of configuration. It is
not too hard, here are the steps:

opkg install uhttpd bmon

/etc/init.d/uhttpd start
mkdir /tmp/bmon
ln -s /tmp/bmon/ /www/
bmon -o html:path=/www/bmon/

Also an option to only run to html output so you can start on boot (Can add the following to

bmon -o null -O html:path=/www/bmon/ 2>&1 >/dev/null &

there is no html output module Chaos Calmer (bmon -o list)

For Chaos Calmer you can use ncurses output module:

bmon -o curses

Using iftop

As well as bmon the package iftop is available for most OpenWrt platforms and allows a deeper
insight into the data being transferred and the active connections. You can run iftop for your
bridged lan interface by typing in the following:

opkg install iftop

iftop -i br-lan

iftop will then show you the connections being established, the data being transferred as well as
the bandwidth.

View historical bandwidth usage

These tools are more feature-rich applications; moreover many of them can collect statistics from
multiple sources (eg. cpu, ram, disk, etc).
Some of them can consume a lot of system resources on your OpenWrt router system.
Approximate order from most-basic to most-feature-rich:
wrtbwmon < vnstat < YAMon < luci_app_statistics < bandwidthd < ntop
Please, help ordering each, thanks.

Howto: YAMon
Howto: bandwidthd
Howto: vnstat
Howto: wrtbwmon
Howto: luci_app_statistics

Available tools
Home Description opkg
bmon a portable bandwidth monitor and rate estimator yes
iftop iftop does for network usage what top(1) does for CPU usage. yes
vnstat a console-based network traffic monitor yes
luci-app-vnstat LuCI interface for vnstat yes
collectd a daemon which collects different statistics yes
luci_app_statistics collectd and rrd-tool based general statistics tool yes
ntop a network traffic probe that shows the network usage no
pmacct IP usage accounting suite no
Forward aggregated traffic data as NetFlows to tools like ntop or
fprobe no
Captures network traffic, calculates statistics about usage, and yes in
serves reports over HTTP trunk
MRTG Tobi Oetiker's MRTG - The Multi Router Traffic Grapher no
small and simple console-based live network and disk io
bwm-ng yes
bandwidth monitor
IPTraf IPTraf is a console-based network statistics utility for Linux no
bandwidthd builds html files with graphs and charts are built by individual IPs yes
wrtbwmon Per-user bandwidth monitoring tool for linux-based routers no
Per-user bandwidth monitoring (and more) with detailed, extensive
YAMon no
graphical reporting capabilities
CloudShark capture filtered traffic, then upload to cloud for analyze yes

There is a collection of Bandwidth Monitoring Tools For Linux from 2007: link

Measuring maximum bandwidth

With higher bandwidths being provided by internet service providers it becomes harder both for
the end-user and the service provider to provide these bandwidths. That is also the reason why
many websites that offer bandwidth measurement have become quite popular (such as
www.speed.io). Some internet providers even provide their own speed tests for their customers.

Just because you have a 50 Mbit/s internet line (such as with EuroDOCSIS 3.0 or VDSL) does
not necessarily mean that each download you do with your internet browser works a 6 Mbytes/s.
There are differnet factors that effect your download and/or upload speed.

The following factors effect your bandwidth and thereby your download/upload speed:

The maximum bandwidth the remote server provides you

The bandwidth between your provider and the provider of the remote server
The total bandwidth behind the access multiplexer (DSLAM) of your ADSL modem (if
you're using ADSL)
The total bandwidth behind the access multiplexer of your DOCSIS modem (if you're
using DOCIS/Cable TV)
The bandwidth being used by other clients connected to your OpenWrt router
The bandwidth your LAN provides (Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre)

To measure your maximum bandwidth now, you should start a terminal with iftop and bmon.
Next up you should shut down or disconnect all clients except the machine your connected to the
router with.

Now you can start some online speed tests (such as www.speed.io) and check the real bandwidth
that is been used by these services. Afterwards you should find at least 3 to 4 fast internet
services in your area. You should then open up an additional terminal and start 3 downloads with
wget on your OpenWrt router in parallel. Note: you should always tell wget to store large files in
"/dev/null", because otherwise it might brick your router by writing into the RAM until its full.

wget http://speedtest.netcologne.de/test_1gb.bin -O /dev/null &&

wget http://speedtest.qsc.de/1GB.qsc -O /dev/null &&
wget ftp://ftp.halifax.rwth-
-O /dev/null

The best test servers are mostly those from which you normally download. So try to find a fast
university server for example that mirrors Unix/Linux distributions and try to download from
these servers. Also some ISPs provide test files or downloads. If your ISP provides big
downloadable files you should also use them to test your bandwidth, because your ISP should be
the one that can provide you the best download speed as there is no other provider in between.

Troubleshooting bandwidth problems

If you tested your maximum bandwidth and it is either not reaching the maximum contracted
with your ISP or only sometimes reaches the maximum there is a short checklist that you should
walk through and check.
Sometimes end-user service contracts with ISP state the bandwidth as "up to" which means that
the can provide you the maximum bandwidth, but they cannot guarantee that it is available. This
is often the case with some ADSL or VDSL providers Germany.

Does your local network provide enough bandwidth?

You should make sure that when you do have a 50 Mbit/s line that your LAN has at least 100
Mbit/s. A Gigabit LAN would be recommend for bandwidths greater than 40 Mbit/s, because
otherwise your LAN bandwidth might be consumed by local file transfers or other LAN services
being used by other clients connected to your router. Try not to make internet bandwidth tests
from your wireless network and instead test your wireless network separately by transferring
data from cable-connected clients (Ethernet or Fibre) to wireless clients.

Is your local network traffic clean?

Running iftop helps you find all traffic that is currently active in your local network. So if
another client transfers gigabytes of data within your local network this can also dramatically
slow down your internet transfers. Make sure the only connection that is available in your LAN
while testing is the test download traffic. Especially services such as SMB (Samba/Windows
Workgroups or Domains) produce lots of overhead and unwanted network traffic. Try to find
that unwanted network traffic and eliminate the services on the clients that consume the

Is your router hard- and software fast enough?

Just make sure that your router has sufficient RAM free and the CPU is not fully used while
transferring big amounts of data. Usually this is not a problem, but installing too much software
and using your router for other services (which is for some people common with OpenWrt) it can
slow down the network management of your router. Also make sure that when you have an
internet line that has a bandwidth greater than 70 Mbit/s it is highly recommend to use Gigabit

Does your ISP provide the bandwidth promised?

Due to some press reports about ISP not providing the proper bandwidth, many people in the
first place start to blame the ISP when their bandwidth is not as expected. In fact most ISPs do all
they can to provide the proper bandwidth blaming them for not trying to do so is often wrong. If
you did check all points above and direct downloads from the website or a website directly
located in the network of your ISP are still not at the speed expected and that happens around the
clock (24hrs/day) you should call your ISP to do bandwidth measurement on his side.