LAN Speed Test – Measure LAN Speeds

LAN Speed test is a small, portable application designed to quickly and accurately test LAN speeds. There are two versions, version 1.1 is free for any type of use where version 2.0 is $5 per commercial license but it can be used on unlimited computers. The older v1.1 is slower and has less features, but to just test LAN speed it is just as good as v2.0.

The way it works is that it writes a fairly large file, the default is 100mb but you can choose, to a system across the network. It then clears the windows file cache to keep read times from being skewed too high, reads the file back, clears the cache again, deletes the file, and displays the results.

The application is very portable requiring no install and it doesn’t change the registry. Version 1.1 works on Windows 98SE and up and version 2.0 works on Windows 2000 and up.

If you need the features in v2.0, $5 is a very reasonable price. Extra features include:

  • Very Fast! Most tests are less than 1 minute
  • New window that displays progress bar and allows user to cancel at any time
  • New Open/Save option to .csv file
  • Individual profiles automatically saved to .ini file to remember all settings
  • Selectable Speed Measurements
  • Command Line Mode (Allows network administrators to start the test from the client’s workstation and view the automatically generated .csv file from anywhere on the network)




Download from Official Site – 58.5kb (v1.1), 357kb (v2.0)
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Comments (19)

  • John says:

    So this tool needs 2 computers involved to test?
    Will it work if you have Administrative privileges to a remote computer and choose select the \\computer\c$ as the shared folder?

  • mini_NYJimbo_as he is gone says:

    If you are a tech, think what just the name says, it says LAN speed test, can you create LAN with one computer? oh yeah I hear somone saying why not? virtual guests within one pc..
    By the way you don’t need admin rights but permission on the shared folder to read and write for the user testing it.

  • John says:

    lol, sorry for my newb question. Didn’t read the full details. I was thinking it would do some test locally to test the network speed or something to determine if it’s bad, like a benchmarking thing.
    But it makes sense now.
    Though I probably won’t want shares on multiple computers in an office environment. For example if i want to determine if a computer is having slow speeds saving to a centralized file server, then I’d like to test the speeds there first, and compare them to the computer’s connection to another random computer in the office. In that case I could create a share, or possibly use the C$ of the remote computer if I’m running as an Administrator.

  • John says:

    Looks like it works fine.
    I can use \\comptuername\c$ format the folder field.

  • Very good tool. I used it. Thanks

  • WOOW very great information for nubie. Thanks, i know little bit about computer for now.

  • pansiyon says:

    A useful application, worth trying.

  • Tresten says:

    The download link is no longer on the site. Using Firefox 3.6.8

  • Great tool. I would say that it is worth the 5 bucks.

  • that’s good to know. I have been having issues and I am thinking of changing service because of it. I am going to have to check and see if this tool can help.

  • Is there some problem with link?

  • While it sounds like a useful tool, I don’t think I would pay $5 for it. Personally I think more basic software should all be free. I’m sure there are many other ways of testing lan speed without spending a dime.

  • Yeah, I can’t see paying any amount of money for this. Why can’t you just a send a large file over the network yourself and see what the transfer rate is? Not that this doesn’t make it a little easier, but for $5?

  • pc help says:

    I would not pay 5$ for this. It’s useless for me.

  • Great information for me. Thank you.Great tool.
    I like it.

  • I have been having issues and I am thinking of changing service because of it. I am going to have to check and see if this tool can help.
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  • Network Guy says:

    If you would not pay $5 for it then that’s fine…you don’t understand what it does and you don’t need it. If you want the same results as copying a file from workstation to server manually, download the free one (v1.1) – it’s much easier because you don’t need to restart the computer to delete the file cache.

  • I think I can use the old version too. Because as you said it does it’s job – measuring the Lan speed – as good as the new version, the only difference is it’s somewhat slower, right?

  • Network Guy says:

    Yeah, if you are just testing a few computers – v1.1 works well. If you are testing a number of computers, spend the $5 as the options and speed easily pays for itself quickly.