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Throughput test to the Web from Cisco Meraki devices

This article provides background on the throughput test live tool in Dashboard and explains how to run the throughput test. This test is designed to test the speed of communication with Dashboard. It is not meant to accurately test the speed an Internet/WAN link is capable of. 

Running a Throughput Test in Dashboard

The throughput test is one of the Live tools located on the details page for a particular device. The example below is an MX Security Appliance.

For MR Access Points

Navigate to Monitor > Switches and click the Name of an access point to test. Then navigate to Throughput in the Live tools section of the page and click the Start button

For MS Switches

Navigate to Monitor > Access points and click the Name of a switch to test. Then navigate to Throughput in the Live tools section of the page and click the Start button

For MX/Z1 Appliances

Navigate to Monitor > Appliance status and click the Name of an appliance to test. Then navigate to Throughput in the Live tools section of the page and click the Start button
 

Results will be displayed after ten seconds and indicate the average speed to Dashboard during that that time.

Factors Affecting the Throughput Test

A number of factors can affect the result of the throughput test including:

  • Bandwidth allotment from the ISP (limitations of the WAN connection)
  • Upstream devices on the LAN
  • Latency due to high traffic or network congestion
  • Latency due to physical distance to reach Dashboard
  • Traffic by other users traversing the WAN connection (VPN operations as well as general traffic)
  • Operations affecting the processor speed of the device itself (content filtering, malware detection and IDS)
  • Load on Dashboard at the time
  • Overhead resulting from packet encapsulation and framing

Comparing to Similar Throughput Tests

The throughput test live tool available on Cisco Meraki devices in Dashboard is just designed to test data throughput to Dashboard. It is not meant to accurately test the speed an Internet/WAN link is capable of. The image below provides an example of two tests performed on a 60Mbps connection using an MX Security Appliance.

 

 

If it is necessary to test the actual throughput capacity of an Internet/WAN link, testing can be performed from a client on the LAN to other speed test services, such as SpeedOf.me or Speedtest.net. When doing these tests, the client should be as close to the Internet link as possible (such as directly connected to an MX LAN port) and other traffic on the link should be minimized (such as other client or VPN traffic). Testing from a wireless client when 50 other clients are also active on the LAN will not yield accurate results.

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