This configuration screen allows you to fine tune the network test performed by LAN Speed Test. Remember that the testing time will vary greatly depending on the size of the packet/stream and the number of packets/streams to test. The values inside the ( ) are the default settings.
Test Type (Successive):
Testing Client/Server speeds should normally be done in 'Successive Mode' (packets sent/received one after the other). Simultaneous testing (streams sent/received at the same time) is an advanced test. This is usually used to test routers, switches, etc. for maximum throughput.
Test Packet Size (1 KB - 9 GB):
This changes the size of the test packet that is sent to the server or the test file sent to the server's shared folder. 1 MB is a good size test packet to start with. You can adjust this up or down to fine tune the testing with your network (on slower wireless networks, you may need to make this 500 KB or less for the test to complete with LST Server). This packet/file is then sent and received the number of times in 'Number of Test Packets (1-1000):'.
Number of Test Packets (1-1000): (Successive Testing)
Number of packets to test successively (one after the other). Results are displayed and logged as average, maximum, or minumum throughput for all packets tested.
Number of Streams (1-25): (Simultaneous Testing)
Number of streams to test simultaneously (at the same time). Currently, when testing to a folder, the maximum is 2 simultaneous tests due to head bouncing. When testing to LST Server the maximun is 25 simultaneous tests. Results are displayed and logged as maximum throughput for all streams tested.
You can choose to repeat test for up to 24 hours or even until manually stopped.
Number of seconds / minutes to wait between repeated tests (only applies if Continuous Mode is activated)
Binary Display Mode:
With this option checked, the test file and the results displayed are in binary format (1KB = 1024 Bytes, 1MB = 1,048,576 Bytes, etc.). Otherwise, the test file and the results displayed are in decimal format (1KB = 1000 Bytes, 1MB = 1,000,000 Bytes, etc.). The default is to display in decimal format.
Bypass Drive's write caching when testing to a folder:
Normally, when we are writing to the hard drive, we write to the cache memory on the drive, and then the drive takes it from the memory and places in on the hard drive. The drive tells the program that the file is done transferring after it is written to the cache memory - not the hard drive. Since the cache memory is lots faster than the hard drive, writing to a drive with the write cache enabled, is also much faster than with it disabled. If this option is checked, LAN Speed Test will not stop the timer until all data is completely written to the hard drive regardless of the drive's write cache setting in your control panel. If unchecked, LAN Speed Test will use your control panel's write cache setting (usually write cache enabled and LAN Speed Test will stop the timer after all data is written to the drive's cache memory).
Delete test file from server when test is finished:
With this option checked, the generated test file will be deleted from the server when the test is finished. This should normally be checked.
Print help section on printed results report:
With this option checked, the helpful explanation section will be printed on the printed report.
Check for Update online at startup:
With this option checked, LAN Speed Test will check to make sure that you are using the latest version upon startup. You will be notified only if it finds a newer version.
This opens a debug window that gets populated with behind the scenes info during the testing process. This is also used by tech support for troubleshooting specific issues. If you need to email your results, just click on the 'Copy to Clipboard' button after doing a test and paste in your email.