In January, Google announced a new service called Measurement Lab that has a number of tools that can help you diagnose problems with your ISP connection. Occasionally, people have connection problems to the servers and unless there is something obvious on the server end, a lot of the time it’s difficult for us to troubleshoot the connection issue because there are two services that are at play, ours and your Internet Service Provider’s, and we can’t run tests on your ISP. Most folks think they can just get on the Internet and away they’ll go, but that’s not entirely the case. It’s especially not the case when you are using a remote web hosting company and are performing things that your ISP may have targeted as too resource intensive, too risky, or simply something that you wound up doing for too long by their measurements. Thanks to Google, troubleshooting your end just got a little easier.
When an Internet application doesn't work as expected or your connection seems flaky, how can you tell whether there is a problem caused by your broadband ISP, the application, your PC, or something else? It can be difficult for experts, let alone average Internet users, to address this sort of question today. Last year we asked a small group of academics about ways to advance network research and provide users with tools to test their broadband connections. Today Google, the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, the PlanetLab Consortium, and academic researchers are taking the wraps off of Measurement Lab (M-Lab), an open platform that researchers can use to deploy Internet measurement tools.Don’t let the use of the word “researcher” scare you into thinking that something came along and yet again, it’s probably too advanced for you to bother with. While there’s a slate of applications for the more techno-minded, there’s also a section for end users that makes it easy to tell what’s going on with your connection. Ok, so it’s not just Google - Measurement Lab was founded by the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, the PlanetLab Consortium, Google Inc. and academic researchers, and they’ve created a section just for end users to get to know their own Internet connection and what it’s doing.
- Network Diagnostic Tool - Test your connection speed and receive sophisticated diagnosis of problems limiting speed.
- Glasnost - Test whether BitTorrent is being blocked or throttled.
- Network Path and Application Diagnosis - Diagnose common problems that impact last-mile broadband networks.
- Pathload2 - Test your available bandwidth.
- ShaperProbe - Determine whether an ISP is performing traffic shaping.