LAN Speed Test displays your Computer Name, IP address, and MAC address automatically. If this is the first time using LAN Speed Test then you will need to select the network folder you want to test the write and read speeds from (or the IP address of the computer running LST Server) as well as the number of test packets (number of times to repeat the process). Make sure 'Log Results' is checked if you want to log your results.
LAN Speed Test basically builds a file, transfers it both ways, keeps track of the time it takes, and does the calculations for you. Here is a little more detail...
Note. If testing with LST Server there is no file saved to any hard drive. The Client talks directly to the Server through the network with no hard drive limitations. This gives more accurate results of true network performance. LST Server also makes it possible To test your WAN (internet) connection! LST Server is an add-on available at http://www.totusoft.com
Tip... Most network speeds are specified in Mbps - that is Mega bits per second. Don't get this confused with MBps (Mega bytes per second) as it takes 8 bits to make a byte. For example: A 100 Meg network card has a theoretical rate of 100 Mbps (Mega bits per second). A 1 Gig network card is 1000 Mbps. Again, these are theoretical. Real world speeds (speed displayed in results) with protocol overhead, network switches, hard drives, etc. could be 50 % of theoretical speeds or less.