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Third-Party Utilities

Besides the utilities provided with Windows XP, there are some third-party tools that you can use to help diagnose your connection and gather Internet information. I'll describe three Web-based utilities and one commercial software package.

Speed Check

Ever wondered how to find the real-world transfer rate of your Internet connection? Intel Corporation has a nifty Web-based program to measure transfer speeds using a Java applet. Check out www.intel.com/personal/do_more/broadband/speedtest.htm. (Every time I put this URL into print, Intel seems to feel the need to change it. If you get a “page not found” error, search the Intel site for “broadband speed test.”)


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