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Free Network Diag: The ICSI Netalyzr (help us, help you)

ICSI-Netalyzer-LogoOne of the more challenging aspects of working with network connections is the ability to test the health and usability of connections. Today, connections are available in all sorts of ways and locations. Often with this sort of ubiquity, we’re not able to tell if this Internet connection is going to be reliable. The ICSI Netalyzr is one such utility that can help in gathering more details.

One of the core principles of Calwell’s work with clients is to allow or enable them to be self-sufficient with the technology around them. A customer that understands more about their technology investment is always a better customer.

With one of the most common problems, what can you to to test and relay back to your network support person (hopefully, that person works for Calwell)? Enter The ICSI Netalyzr – this tool allows you to test and relay all sorts of details about your network and Internet connection back to your network support person.

To use this utility, open this link in Internet Explorer.

You can use this anywhere you have a connection and your wondering if the health of the connection is good or other connection related questions.After you have run the tests and see a report, check out these sections. Here are some things you can find out:

1. Can I get access to the standard mail servers (POP3/SMTP)?
Netalyzer-ReachabilityLook for the section named “Reachability Tests” and you’ll see green for good and red for bad.

2. Does your Internet connection seem slow?
Netalyzer-BandwidthScroll down a little more and you’ll see network bandwidth measuremnents and even an idea of weather this sort of speed is good for most users.

 

 

3. Passing the report to your network support person.
Netalyzer-PermalinkSince there are all sorts of other details that may be of use to your Network Support person – the real power of this utility comes in the ability to pass this valuable information to your network support professional. Go to the top of the report and right-click over top of the “permalink” link and select “Copy Shortcut” or “Copy link Location” – what you will copy to the clipboard is something like this:

“http://netalyzr.icsi.berkeley.edu/restore/id=ae819c33-6462-c9496ef8-4f88-4df6-9f51”

When you have that link copied, send an email with that link to your support person to assist him/her in helping you solve your networking issues.

Note: In my tests, this utility only seems to work for Internet Explorer so far and you will need the Java Runtime installed. This utility is currently free and in beta. You may need to reload this a couple times if it becomes more popular.

Feedback? Contact me with thoughts or questions here. Thanks to Lifehacker.com for the heads up on this utility.