Detect ISP Throttling with Google’s M-Lab

Need to test your Internet connection? Wonder if your ISP is truly capped or throttling your Torrent downloads? How to be sure if TMNET Streamyx (Malaysian ISP, if you’re wondering) really give it’s “best effort” speed? Get your answers via Measurement Lab (M-Lab) by Google.

Announcement were made from the Official Google Blog, introducing the measurement utility.

Measurement Lab (M-Lab) is an open platform for researchers to deploy Internet measurement tools. By enhancing Internet transparency, we aim to help sustain a healthy, innovative Internet.

Google has been very vocal about Net neutrality, and now Google is helping us determine if ISPs are blocking or throttling applications, by using traffic shaping and network prioritize practices.

Measurement Lab (M-Lab) is an open, distributed server platform for researchers to deploy Internet measurement tools. The goal of M-Lab is to advance network research and empower the public with useful information about their broadband connections. By enhancing Internet transparency, M-Lab helps sustain a healthy, innovative Internet.

Among the facility provided:
Network Diagnostic Tool
Test your connection speed and receive sophisticated diagnosis of problems limiting speed.

Test whether BitTorrent is being blocked or throttled.

Network Path and Application Diagnosis
Diagnose common problems that impact last-mile broadband networks.

DiffProbe (coming soon)
Determine whether an ISP is giving some traffic a lower priority than other traffic.

NANO (coming soon)
Determine whether an ISP is degrading the performance of a certain subset of users, applications, or destinations.

Best effort? Let’s bust Streamyx speed promise with Google tools.
Google Launches ISP Throttling Detector

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I finally able to try “Glasnot”, to test if ISP is manipulating BitTorrent traffic. Surprisingly, it says that my ISP does NOT do Torrent trafic shaping!! The indicator shows the port 6881, 10009 are NOT being throttled. (Hey, M-Lab! Are you sure about that?)

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