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Chapter 10. Become Internet Ready > Checking Your Throughput

Checking Your Throughput

The rate that data passes over any network, wireless or wired, can vary greatly depending on several factors. There's overhead: the chatter between computers to prepare for and confirm the data transfer. Then you have the distance over which the data travels. As you know, the farther you are from your access point, or another wireless network adapter, the slower your data transfer will be.

You can check the rate of data transfer by downloading a handy, free program called Qcheck and then installing it on (at least) two machines that you want to test. You install the program and launch it on one machine, then run the program on another machine. Using a simple, friendly interface, you click a button to send sample data packets over your network, which Qcheck times to see how fast your network is communicating.


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