Wednesday, October 8, 2008

check your internet speed in Real-time (Ubuntu)

Most internet providers promise a speed , but they hardly keep their promise ، sometimes the speed is good for the first days but it sucks after that .

there are websites like Speedtest.net which tell you your internet speed in one minute , but you cant visit them 10 times a day , to check your internet speed ,you need to see in realtime.


Netspeed is a GNOME-applet that shows how much traffic occurs on a specified network device ( ethernet ,Lan network, dial up modem or even a sat card ) and you can see in realtime, what is going on with your internet download and upload speed .

I simply love it !
you can install it in three clicks :



1- Go to synaptic package manager and install it . (make sure universe repository is enabled)
2- Right click on your panel (at top) and choose "add to panel"
3- Find "network monitor" in the list and add it to your panel.


Quick tips :
- "Netspeed" can monitor many devices, make sure it shows the speed of the device which you want.
right click on the applet , then "preferences" , and choose your network device , eth0 , dial up or whatever...

- You can move its position on the panel . (right click on the applet , choose "Move")

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmm... I downloaded this little applet and I have 2 things to say about it. The first is that the device list is grayed out and I cannot get it to move from eth0 even though I use my wireless connection for the internet and secondly the version in the Ubuntu repository (even with Intrepid) is V0.14 yet according to their website we should be able to get V0.15 via apt-get for both Ubuntu and Debian. Very strange.

Anonymous said...

It is simple. To enable the 'Network device' drop down list you will need to uncheck the 'Always monitor a connected device, if possible' check box. Also, Ubuntu developers do not normally place their configuration on the bleeding edge. You need to use debian sid. Good luck with that.

mohsen said...

lovely, i couldn't find this kind of app I do not know why.
many thanks
i don't know some times, it become hard to find the proper app to fit your need.

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