TCP/IP Test Tools Survey

/ Internet, Testing

By Lyle Weiman

Following is a survey of all the known available TCP Testing Tools. The survey includes both free and paid tools, and tools for network operators as well as TCP protocol developers. Some tools are primarily for debugging TCP operational issues, whereas others are full blown TCP protocol test suites for testing conformance and robustness for TCP client side and TCP server side operation. Some tools focus on TCP throughput and performance whereas others generate TCP traffic streams.

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Item Name Description Free/Paid URL/Download
1 ttcp utility for measuring network throughput, between two systems, using TCP. Popular on Unix-type systems FREE https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ttcp
2 netperf network bandwidth testing between two hosts FREE https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netperf
3 NetPIPE protocol independent performance test tool FREE https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NetPIPE
4 TCP Test Tool 3.0 initiate and capture TCP packets for debugging TCP session connectivity (last update April 2011) FREE https://Tcp-test-tool.software.informer.com
5 ExpertTCP TCP throughput testing โ€“ generates and analyzes multiple TCP streams over 1 and 10 Gbps networks PAID https://www.gl.com/rfc-6349-based-tcp-throughput-testing.html
6 ipnetuner internet connection optimizer โ€“ measure TCP performance PAID changed its name to opentuner?
7 Netload TCP traffic generator at line speeds (via hardware solution) PAID https://www.netloadinc.com/
8 Engage Packet Builder 2.2 scriptable packet builder for Windows โ€“ generates unusual packets (last update Jan 2012) FREE https://engage-packet-builder.software.informer.com
9 Etherscope NxG Portable wireless performance analysis system PAID https://netally.com/products/etherscopenxg
10 Bwping Measure bandwidth and response time between two hosts using ICMP (last update Nov 2019) FREE https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BWPing
11 Flowgrind Measure TCP throughput and other metrics among distributed server processes, esp. for wireless mesh networks (last update Sept 2016) FREE http://www.flowgrind.net/

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