NETWORK PROBLEMS WITH THE LINK SPEED UTILITY
Have you ever wondered just how fast the server you're working at
is really communicating with a remote system on your network? Sometimes
it just "feels" slow, or something seems to be taking an inordinate
amount of time. Or maybe a workstation seems to be having a problem
communicating with a server.
These kinds of problems sometimes require network management systems
to drill down into, but if you just need a quick way to obtain the
information, consider using the Link Speed utility.
The Linkspeed.exe tool is available as a part of the Windows Server
2003 Resource Kit, which you can download from Microsoft's Web site.
Link Speed works on both Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 systems.
utility has two major switches:
linkspeed /S <SystemName>,<IPAddress or UNC name> and
You can use the /S parameter to test the speed of the link between
the current system and any system on the network. The /DC parameter
lets you test the link speed to the domain controller serving the
The sample below indicates that the link from the current system to
the machine named "testsystem" is 76 Mbps with a 150-ms delay.
linkspeed /S file:///D:/PlanetEr/tutor/2000/\\testsystem
Here's an example of evaluating the performance using the MultinetGetConnectionPerformance
System : TESTSYSTEM
Flag : WNCON_DYNAMIC
Link Speed (in Mbps) : 76
Delay (in milliseconds) : 150
Data Packet Size : Unknown