NetTools NetCheckAdministrators can perform tests to gauge the quality of their network connections. When the utility encounters trouble, NetCheck displays error data within the supplied box, as shown here.
In the case of this test, the error reporting proved helpful. The 50 byte and 1000 bytes tests completed without incident, but the 5000 bytes test suffered packet loss. There were no issues with network cabling. However, the tests were conducted on a network with a switch known to be going bad.
Erik Eckel owns and operates two technology companies. As a managing partner with Louisville Geek, he works daily as an IT consultant to assist small businesses in overcoming technology challenges and maximizing IT investments. He is also president of Eckel Media Corp., a communications company specializing in public relations and technical authoring projects.