No matter how much one might want to keep up with all the available tech resources on the Internet – it’s a battle that just can’t be won. The sheer volume of information is simply overwhelming.
Regular reader Christopher A. (thank you Christopher), recently directed my attention to a superb free application (which, I was unaware of) – designed for those you have a need to checkout network performance and security – all of us, I should think.
ICSI Netalyzr is a small Java based application developed by The International Computer Science Institute – a leading center for research in computer science and one of the few independent, non-profit research institutes in the United States. Since its inauguration in 1988, ICSI has maintained an affiliation with the University of California at Berkeley.
ICSI Netalyzr can be run directly from the applications home page, which is hosted by USC.
A brief walkthrough.
Following the “Start analysis” command, the service jumps right into the testing process. You’ll notice the advisory – “the test may take several minutes”. It does indeed – even on a very fast connection. So, be patient – it’s worth the wait.
In the following screen capture, you’ll see a very small portion of the test results. The report is extensive and chock full of confidential information – which you will not see here – for obvious reasons.
I highly recommend that all users run this test from time to time.
There’s still more to come .
HomeNet Profiler ( a downloadable application rather than a browser driven applet), is an additional service which collects performance, configuration, and security data related to your home network.
A quick walkthrough –
Download the executable from the homepage.
Following the application launch, you will have the option to select various measurements – as shown in the following screen capture.
Once the application has developed the relevant information, you may choose to go directly to the report by following the link provided………..
Alternatively, you may chose to have the report delivered by email.
The following graphic references only a small portion of the full report. I’d like to share but, confidential information in the report will not allow this. Sorry .
A full sample report is available here. I recommend that you take a peek at this.
Note: In addition, a HomeNet Profiler execution – includes a Netalyzr run as well.