Is there an easy way to monitor my internet connection and log issues? Is there an easy way to monitor my internet connection and log issues?
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    Default Is there an easy way to monitor my internet connection and log issues?

    I'm reasonably happy with our PlusNet fibre service but typically once every two days it will drop for 1-2 minutes while we're watching Netflix or something - maybe I note my phone isn't working and know 30s later the TV stream will stop.

    It struck me it could be going down far more often and I wouldn't notice, unless I was using Skype or RDP for work at just the wrong time.

    Is there a handy way to monitor for service outages or even to log service speed throughout the day? Of course it would require an always-on internet-connected device but I typically leave my Mac on 24/7. Or, could I even do it on my router? If I had a NAS, could I do it on that easily?

    Thanks for any advice.
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    1st worlds problems


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    If you notice it happen when watching TV, get onto your router admin page and look for diagnostics tools.
    If there is a tracert tool, try 8.8.8.8 (google DNS)
    If you can show 100% packet loss, then screenshot it and use it with raising support incidents.
    This should allow you to skip any of the noddy checks they ask you to on your laptop and TV (Is Wifi switched on etc..)

    You could support this with a continuous ping trace from your Mac, pinging 8.8.8.8.. get it to write to a file.
    Inspect the file after a day or two and look for patterns.

    I had this recently, and my router was on the blink so got it swapped.

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    quick and dirty Powershell 1-liner:

    test-connection google.com -count 999999 -delay 1 -Verbose | format-table @{n='TimeStamp';e={Get-Date}},Address, ProtocolAddress, ResponseTime | out-file c:\temp\test-connection.txt -append

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    Run the same in parallel swapping "google.com" with your router internal IP (The default gateway IP on your devices) to compare and eliminate the issue being your WiFi/router. Cheapo routers (like most provider devices) will tulip their pants with more than 10ish devices connected to the WiFi, if you have any Smart home tech you are over that for sure (I'm sitting at about 40)
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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostofTarbera View Post
    1st worlds problems
    1st world problems with monopoly from most providers.
    In Romania, 3rd world country, internet is way faster and significantly less expensive.
    And No, EU does not pay for it.

    FIBERLINK 1000
    40 LEI = 7.23£
    940 / 450 Mbps
    viteză maximă download/upload (max speed)

    850 / 400 Mbps
    viteză medie download/upload (average speed)

    200 / 100 Mbps
    viteză minimă download/upload (min speed)
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    Quote Originally Posted by GigiBronz View Post
    1st world problems with monopoly from most providers.
    In Romania, 3rd world country, internet is way faster and significantly less expensive.
    And No, EU does not pay for it.

    FIBERLINK 1000
    40 LEI = 7.23£
    940 / 450 Mbps
    viteză maximă download/upload (max speed)

    850 / 400 Mbps
    viteză medie download/upload (average speed)

    200 / 100 Mbps
    viteză minimă download/upload (min speed)
    And how does that info benefit the OP?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cojak View Post
    And how does that info benefit the OP?
    Sorry, it is true. Just venting my frustration after closing a Virgin Media broadband 100mps that went to £50pm from £28.5pm after first year. They wanted 1y min contract to keep the discount. Went for 4G for now, 30d contract £18.50 so i can feck off in a heartbeat when brexit hits the fan.

    I believe people should just revolt and stop buying their crap. As it was said in the other thread, services are going down the drain.

    Related to topic, i use pfsense and a dell t30 with vmware(might work on an old laptop etc), haven’t tried but i can’t imagine it not be able to monitor ISP downtime , there might be cheaper solutions. And even if you have the information, you might not be able to so much with it. ISP would just not give a ...about it. Speak with them than have a see what else is aroud...
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    Quote Originally Posted by GigiBronz View Post
    so i can feck off in a heartbeat when brexit heats the fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BR14 View Post
    oh, Please.
    brexiteers gonna brexiteer

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    Quote Originally Posted by GigiBronz View Post
    brexiteers gonna brexiteer
    ?????
    in english? maybe?
    Entropy is NOT what it used to be.
    Inertia, however........................

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