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Network speed: Definition, causes, tools
Network speed is a commodity for both private users as well as professional organizations. Private users often wish to learn if their providers are actually delivering the DSL that is promised in their contracts. A number of free online tools measure network speed. In professional settings, administrators keep an eye on their network speed, data transmission, and network throughput. They seek to identify the areas that are putting too much strain on their networks, or that threaten to do so in the future.
There can be many different reasons for a network slowing down. Individual applications may turn out to be bandwidth hogs. Backups, too, can lead to problems with data throughput. And sometimes the problem lies in an overloaded switch, or with the routing, a network cable, or an outdated router that is unable to process the increased amount of traffic.
In professional settings, administrators have a choice of three different solutions for network performance monitoring: they can opt for open source software, search for a variety of specialized tools, or choose all-in-one software. PRTG is a centralized tool that identifies, measures, and tests all the important data in your network. PRTG saves time and stress. You can also access bandwidth usage information over longer periods of time, and use the built-in reporting system to create custom reports as HTML, PDF, XML, or CSV files.
Measuring bandwidth and network speed with PRTG
PRTG comes with several preconfigured SNMP sensors for a variety of different network manufacturers. These sensors can be used regardless of the manufacturer, however, as long as the target device supports SNMP. By using SNMP sensors for traffic monitoring, you can quickly determine the server or application that is responsible for the spike in traffic and the resulting low bandwidth.
Flow sensors and packet sniffing
PRTG monitors individual data packets and filters according to IP addresses, protocols, and data types, thereby allowing you to identify bandwidth hogs faster. To do so, take advantage of our flow sensors, IPFIX sensors, and packet sniffing sensors. An overview.
Quality of Service Sensors
...More than 200 sensors
You'll find over 200 sensors our sensor list. These sensors are part of a single, centralized tool which allows you to perform comprehensive monitoring and keep a constant eye on your network. Our sensor list is continually being updated.
This is what your monitoring dashboard might look like!
7 good reasons to go with PRTG
With PRTG, you’ll keep a constant eye on your system and applications. Let one single tool monitor your entire network – and finally enjoy some peace of mind.
When glitches occur, you’ll be notified at once – often with plenty of time to prevent your system from crashing.
PRTG can be used with all the biggest manufacturers and applications. Our network monitoring software is certified by IT industry leaders.
PRTG is administered via an intuitive dashboard. Use the default dashboard or create your own custom version.
If you have a question, our support team will usually answer it within 24 hours on business days.
APIs for individual needs
With a strong API, you can incorporate your own scripts. PRTG is therefore suitable for any network.
Made in Germany
Our international team is based in Nuremberg, Germany. Our goal? To make PRTG better, each and every day. PRTG – Made in Germany!
An introduction to measuring network speed with PRTG
Monitor bandwidth globally!
Many companies have offices abroad and therefore access their websites internationally – just like PRTG, which is used all over the world.
Use our Cloud Ping Sensor and Cloud HTTP Sensor to determine your website’s availability and load times from any location in the world. PRTG will tell you if – and to what extent – your website is available, any time of the day.
“PRTG offers the right combination of predefined queries and customizable features for individual expansions.”
Christian Micely, Bosch Rexroth. To the case study.
Many administrators want...
A new tool
The network slows down, it takes forever to transfer large files, servers and workstations are slower after installing new applications, the website loads at a snail’s pace: in situations like these, many administrators begin to look for a tool to test their network transmission speed. PRTG offers in-depth network monitoring so you can get to the root of the problem faster!
A centralized tool
So many problems, so many tools...Even the best of administrators can lose sight of things and become frustrated with the amount of time that is required to keep their networks afloat. PRTG is a centralized tool for your network, system, and applications. With PRTG, efficiency is guaranteed!
A different kind of tool
Open-source software comes with many limitations and often takes a great deal of time to get up and running. And professional versions of this software usually come with fees. PRTG is different: when purchasing a license, you get the whole package! And thanks to our Network Auto Discovery feature, your monitoring will be set up in no time.
YOUR network speed monitoring at a glance
– even on the go
PRTG can be started within minutes and it's compatible with most mobile devices.
200,000 administrators worldwide
trust in our software.
Award winning solution
We work hard on making our software as powerful and easy-to-use
as possible for our customers each and every day.
Of course it makes us proud when we get awards for that.
Over 95% of our customers recommend PRTG
Paessler AG worldwide trialled PRTG in over 600 IT departments. The aim was to tune the network monitoring software closer to the needs of the administrators.
The result of the survey: over 95% of the participants would recommend PRTG - or already had.
How do I test network speed with PRTG?
HTTP Advanced sensors:
- Create three sensors for various files found on different servers.
- Let the sensors run for a few hours in 5-minute intervals.
- The sensor overview provides the bandwidth speed in kbps during the download.
To the HTTP Advanced Sensor
You’ll get a good feel for the possible transmission speed, even if the actual bandwidth is unable to be determined with 100% accuracy. Be sure to practice good judgment when carrying out this procedure to avoid putting unnecessary strain on your data line. You can also follow the suggestions found in our practical tip below.
Take a closer look at the procedure for the random testing of data throughput on our bandwidth monitoring page.
Practical tip: “Hey Mathias, what would you tell administrators who are looking to monitor their bandwidth?”
“Instead of trying to measure bandwidth by way of an extra, simulated load, have a look around for actions which do that anyway – and then monitor them. For example, when performing backups, you often put a great deal of strain on bandwidth and thus can easily recognize shortages or bottlenecks.”
Mathias Hengl, PRTG Developer at Paessler AG.
PRTG is a vital tool for getting your IT into tip-top shape!
The costs for a one-year PRTG license pay for themselves in an average of only a few of weeks.
License costs vary according to the size of your network.
your network more reliable
network management costs
PRTG saves time
spent on network management
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With continuous bandwidth monitoring, you’ll discover errors faster and can promptly identify potential bottlenecks. And these are just two of many advantages. Get all the information you need on PRTG’s bandwidth monitoring sensors here.
The SNMP protocol provides an overview of your network’s performance. SNMP puts little strain on bandwidth and your processor. PRTG comes with SNMP sensors for all the biggest manufacturers, such as Cisco, Dell, and HP. Find out more about SNMP monitoring.
Whether you’re dealing with a database server, mail server, or web server…as an administrator, it’s your job to make sure the network runs smoothly. With PRTG, you’ll keep a constant eye on all your servers – and be promptly notified in the event of malfunctions. More on server monitoring with PRTG.
Reader tips from our knowledge base
Detecting bandwidth hogs: Learn which applications, computers, and servers in your network are hogging bandwidth.
Choosing the right technology: Here you will find help deciding which technology is best suited for monitoring the speed of your network.
Changing default channels: If the default channels of our flow and packet sniffer sensors are not entirely suited to your particular situation and you’d like to have your own personal settings displayed during the creation of further sensors, then simply change the default channels of theses sensors! Find details here.
PRTG: Made in Germany
Made in Germany: The PRTG Network Monitoring Tool is the fruit of an engaged team. The company was founded by Dirk Paessler. PAESSLER AG's headquarters are located in the city of Nuremberg, in the heart of Germany. We combine typical German virtues such as high quality standards, industriousness, and commitment with international, cosmopolitan flair. Read more about our firm here. By the way: We are regularly looking for new recruits.
Case Studies: Airports, utility companies, banks, colleges, hospitals: PRTG is present in every industry. For each of our customers, business and organizational processes depend on the proper functioning of the network infrastructure. PRTG's customer satisfaction is close to 100%. Read in our case studies how our customers use PRTG.
Product tests: It goes without saying that we are convinced by the quality of PRTG. But what about the others? PRTG has always performed extremely well in tests. PRTG user “LanLine” sums it up best: “PRTG was already good several years ago, and has gotten better from version to version ever since.” Such has been our steadfast and sincere goal. Read more about monitoring software product tests and comparisons here.
Support: Our support team works hard every day to help customers solve their monitoring problems. Our goal is to resolve all inquiries within 24 hours (on business days). We've drafted a comprehensive manual and built up an extensive knowledge base featuring videos, webinars, and FAQs. All support, of course, is also included!
Getting started is easy: The trial version is free, which means you can try our monitoring tool risk-free. To switch to another version of PRTG, simply search for an appropriate license. You can upgrade any time you like.
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