WLAN tester

Wanderer wanderer at dialup4less.com
Mon Jan 28 18:07:52 CET 2013


On Monday, January 28, 2013 11:30:47 AM UTC-5, Dave Angel wrote:
> On 01/28/2013 10:47 AM, Wanderer wrote:
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> > I'm looking to make a WLAN tester for a manufacturing test. Something that could send and receive a bunch of files and measure how long it took. I would repeat this a number of times for a device under test and then use some metric to decide pass/fail and create a report. What libraries are available for Python for communicating with networks? My google searches have been disappointing. I'd prefer to do this in Windows but I'll consider Linux if that is the better option.
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> For what version of Python?
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> Depending on what's at the far end of your connection, you may not need 
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> to do much at all.  For example, if you have an ftp server, check out
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>      http://docs.python.org/2/library/ftplib.html
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> Since you're doing performance testing, be aware that it's quite tricky 
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> to get meaningful results.    For example, some connections have a 
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> satellite link in them, and thus have very long latency.  A simple 
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> protocol will go very slowly in such a case, but most downloaders will 
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> open multiple sockets, and do many transfers in parallel.  So you could 
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> either measure the slow way or the fast way, and both numbers are 
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> meaningful.
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> Of course, it's more than a  2-way choice.  Some protocols will compress 
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> the data, send it, and decompress it on the other end.  Others (like the 
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> one rsync uses) will evaluate both ends, and decide which (if any) files 
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> need to be transferred at all.  I believe it also does partial file 
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> updates if possible, but I'm not at all sure about that.
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> Naturally, the throughput will vary greatly from moment to moment, and 
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> may be affected by lots of things you cannot see.
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> DaveA

Yes. I noticed this variability. I've been using the Totusoft Lan_Speedtest.exe to test some modules. I've tested through the wifi to our intranet and saw variations I believe do to network traffic. I also tried peer to peer and the write time actual got worse. I don't know if it has do to with the firewall or the hard drive speed or just Windows giving this process low priority. I also saw drop outs. So figuring out the metric for pass/fail will be interesting. I'll check into setting an ftp for this test.

Thanks



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