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    Re: Broadband Speed Test

    Thanks, John!

    I haven't tested the program thoroughly, but at a glance it's very promising!!! And beyond the application itself, the documentation seems a good place to learn a few simple things (for people like me who like computing very much but don't make a living of it). <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>

    I haven't run the full test yet, but will as soon as I find the time to do it.
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    Broadband Speed Test

    Dan Elwell's Broadband Speed Test is rather more comprehensive than the average speed test, and allows you to:
    "generate a full results report, containing download speeds, upload speeds, ping times, packet loss, trace routes and your network configuration. You don't need any technical knowledge at all."

    There is a minor difficulty if you have Norton Internet Security (Or Firewall) installed, because the Servers update file will not be downloaded without stopping the "Symantec Network Proxy" first. Here is a BATch file intended to be run from a desktop shortcut) which will solve the problem:
    <pre>@echo off

    :: BBSpeedT.bat Dan Elwell's Broadband Speed Test run in an environment
    :: ------------ where Norton Internet Security / Firewall is installed

    :: John Gray 24NOV2005

    :: Problem: the Broadband Speed Test will not download the Servers file
    :: update when the Symantec Network Proxy (=ccProxy) is active

    :: Solution: 1) stop the ccProxy service
    :: 2) start the Broadband Speed Test SpeedTest32.exe window
    :: 3) SpeedTest32.exe may download the servers file, and begin
    :: 4) while this is taking place, wait for five seconds, then
    :: 5) restart the ccProxy service
    :: 6) the GUI window may be used when the taskbar entry goes

    :: Side-effect: While this BATch file is running, an entry appears on the
    :: Task Bar, and then disappears. The text in the entry is
    :: changed (by the title command)

    :: Shortcut: Target <BATchPath>BBSpeedT.bat
    :: Start in (leave blank)
    :: Run Minimised
    :: Change Icon <SpeedTest32Path>SpeedTest32.exe

    ::---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    :: the title text appears on the Task Bar entry
    title Please wait...

    :: try to stop the Norton service ccProxy = "Symantec Network Proxy"
    :: if it doesn't exist, then no problem since messages are suppressed!
    :: if it does exist, stopping it takes two or three seconds
    net stop ccproxy >nul 2>&1

    setlocal
    :: this assumes that the default directory is as follows
    set startdir=C:Program FilesBroadband Speed Test

    :: start Dan Elwell's Broadband Speed Test in its own (GUI) window
    call start "" /D"%startdir%" "%startdir%SpeedTest32.exe"
    endlocal

    :: control immediately passes to here, where a five-second pause allows
    :: sufficient time for the Server file update to be downloaded by
    :: Speedtest32.exe
    title Will be gone soon...
    ping -n 6 127.0.0.1 > nul

    :: the service is now restarted - again it doesn't matter if it doesn't exist
    :: since all "net start" messages are suppressed
    net start ccproxy >nul 2>&1

    ::--end</pre>


    John

    PS Much Later .. Note that the default install directory is Dan Elwell's Broadband Speed Test , but I abbreviated it as above in the BATch file.
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