How-to measure enterprise Wi-Fi speeds

Step-by-step strategy for figuring out the best tools for testing the speed of Wi-Fi connections in trouble spots or across an entire wireless network.

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There are many ways to evaluate the speed of your wireless LAN (WLAN), whether you’re trying to troubleshoot issues, ensure bandwidth-intensive clients will work well, fine-tune the performance, or just curious about your Wi-Fi speeds.

The simple Internet-speed apps or websites can be useful, but sometimes you need to measure the actual Wi-Fi throughput. For this you usually need a testing platform with a server and clients.

Preparations for testing

Before running any tests, think through what you’re trying to accomplish. Answering these questions should help:

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