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measuring web server speed

     
4:00 pm on May 6, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I am currently trying a different web host and have had a couple of issues with the speed (low throughput and "bursty"), its a nightmare trying to eliminate other factors from the testing such as my browser/ISP etc. After trying three ISP's and 4 browsers i'm pretty sure there was a problem but I would like a slightly more scientific way to test.

Does anyone know of a site that can give me stats on response time and throughput? The only tools i've found are stress testers (I dont think my host will be happy if I use those!) and the common "check my page for size and download time" test thats more aimed at telling people if their page is too graphics heavy.

I quite like this host and am thinking of using it for future hosting but until I can feel confident with their performance I dont want to take the risk.

5:07 pm on May 6, 2001 (gmt 0)

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AnySpeed from Pysoft will give you a good idea of transfer speeds, peak times it will even test your internals (HD, CDROM). It's been my companion for a long time. [pysoft.com...]
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5:20 pm on May 6, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Thanks, looks useful but it would still be affected by my ISP, so I couldnt allocate the lack of speed directly to being the web server, it could be my ISP :(
2:03 am on May 7, 2001 (gmt 0)

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NetMechanic still offers a free trial of their server monitoring service at [netmechanic.com...]
2:25 am on May 7, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Thanks this looks like its what I need.