Ethernet diagnostics software

Andrew Jorgensen andrew.jorgensen at
Sat Mar 25 12:14:58 MST 2006

On 3/24/06, Lance Grover <lance.grover at> wrote:
> On 3/24/06, Dave Smith <dave at> wrote:
> >
> > This email is coming to you over 430 feet of cat5e cable, which is good
> > news, because it means that my "long-haul" ethernet link is working, at
> > least it appears to be. Does anyone know of any good software to test
> > and diagnose an ethernet network so I can be confident that I'm not
> > getting any dropped packets?
> If you want to get to the deep physical stuff I don't know what will work, I
> use special devices like Fluke, but if you just want to see if packets are
> getting dropped then try out mtr, I used it to diagnose my Comcast issues.
> Basically it gives you statistics in a trace route fashion in real time with
> percentages etc.

Recent Intel NICs (and some others) can do a lot of the physical
diagnosis stuff (including TDR, IIRC) that Flukes do, but you'll
probably have to boot Windows and download the software from Intel.

- Andrew

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