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Test your Internet Connection for issues with JDAutoSpeedTester

If you need to troubleshoot or test an Internet connection that sometimes drops to a crawl, one of the things that you can do in that situation is to monitor the connection for a prolonged period of time that gives you a better understanding of what is wrong.

 JDAutoSpeedTester is one of the tools that can help you in that task. While it is not monitoring your Internet connection 24/7, it runs a series of tests regularly and makes the results history available in its interface. The following tests are performed on a regular basis by the application:

  • Download Speed
  • Upload Speed
  • Ping
  • Packet Loss
  • Jitter

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First thing that you may want to do before you start running tests regularly is to open the configuration first to make sure the test servers are well suited for the task. You can modify the download and upload servers, and the server that you want to use for testing the ping, packet loss and jitter. You may for instance pick servers closer to your location, or servers that you need to connect to on a regular basis.

The preferences let you disable certain types of tests which can be helpful in speeding up the tests. If you for instance do not have issues with your Internet connections upload or download speed, there is not really a reason to test it extensively.

The tests are run automatically once per hour (with options to change that interval in the main interface) regardless of what the computer is used for at that moment in time. This can obviously be a problem, for instance when streaming contents, downloading large files or taxing the computer with offsite backups. That's why the configuration lets you add programs to a list that will block tests from being run when they are running on the system.

The program will run on its own mostly after you have configured it to suite your needs. You can however run tests manually that are either recorded or not, whichever way you prefer. There is also an option to send emails either on schedule, or when test uploads or downloads fall below a certain threshold.

It lastly offers to run several apps that may be helpful as well, like a basic network monitor or tracert.

Closing Words

JDAutoSpeedTester is not the holy grail of Internet Connection troubleshooting programs, but if you are looking for an app to run tests and make records of those tests regularly, you have found a winner.

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Comments

  1. Jojo said on June 16, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Just installed this. It’s annoying when software authors get lazy and don’t provide the user with a CHOICE as to where they want to install the software!

    This guy forces the installation into:
    C:\Program Files\JDAST

    1. Jimmy06 said on June 16, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      As you where advised in our forum. The person being lazy in your setup is yourself. You want all software to be installed to another folder yet don’t change the environment variable in YOUR operating system. We install to %ProgramFiles%\JDAST
      The only lazy person here is yourself.

      Read the full reply here.
      http://www.gmwsoftware.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=29

  2. JackDinn said on June 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Well im sorry JDast does not meet up to your requirements , you probably should not have said i was lazy as you don’t know the amount of work that has gone into JDast and there is a reason why it is installed in %ProgramFiles%\jdast\ which iv already explained on the forum.

    Most people don’t post a feature request by starting out with a derogatory comment.

    I am just a hobbyist who offers up there software. You are free to use jdast for free, on our dedicated servers for free, if you don’t want to use it then don’t.

    (Levels of appreciation nowadays :-/ )

  3. Krishna said on June 17, 2012 at 9:48 am

    People who work with machines are rude most of the time as opposed to people who work with people.

    In this case a simple request would have brought better response and results.

    Or is this a deliberate attempt at crying for attention ?

    Martin you need to do an article on handling the sensitivities of others.

  4. Jojo said on June 17, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Ha, ha, ha…

    The JDAST crew has to be the most sensitive group of whining, defensive crybabies that I have ever seen.

    I used the term lazy because that is what most programmers are when they choose to hard code a variable instead of making it dynamic. But since you pleaded being IGNORANT of basic programming practices because you are a only a “hobbyist” programmer, then perhaps you should have studied a bit more before beginning your project..

  5. Peter said on June 19, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I too am a freeware programmer not because I can’t make good software but because i choose not to sell software. I enjoy creating flight simulation models in my free time but there is always someone who doesn’t like something about them however small or big people are never fully satisfied even when it is free. It used to bother me at first but as the years have rolled by I no longer care because after all i do this for fun.
    Jack, Thank you for your free software and from one programmer to another Great Job matey!

    1. Jojo said on June 19, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      So it sounds like your saying that people should comment about deficiencies in free software because, well because it is free?

      Jack and his crew of sycophants got their hackles up and blew this minor issue way out of proportion all because they got upset with my use of the word “lazy”:

      It’s really been too funny…

      1. Jimmy06 said on June 19, 2012 at 7:10 pm

        What an idiot.

        You posted in the feature request section of our forums with a rant. This was not a request by any means. Stop talking like a 12 year old with ADHD and grow up.

      2. Jojo said on June 19, 2012 at 8:39 pm

        You just don’t know when to shut up, do you Jimmy?

        Go back whence you came troll.

  6. Jimmy06 said on June 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Says the person with 4 reply’s to different people regarding the same matter trying hard to make his point accepted when its clearly not.

    Good luck on your future troll’s troll hunter \o/

  7. Martin Brinkmann said on June 19, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I’m closing comments before it gets out of hand, sorry guys.