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There are many tools for measuring throughput of a network between Linux-based machines. In this guide, we will use two methods for testing throughput between two network machines. This tip is workable under Ubuntu or any other Linux/Unix-based distribution.

Method 1

Install first this command line utility:

sudo apt-get install iperf

Then, in the first machine (server), use this command:

iperf -s

In the second machine (client server), run this command:

iperf -c ip-or-hostname

Replace ip-or-hostname with your own IP or hostname.

Method 2

You can also use this command in the first machine:

nc -l -p 7777 > /dev/null

In the second machine, run this command to install first the PV package:

sudo apt-get install pv

Then use this command to test throughput:

pv -r /dev/zero | nc 192.168.0.1 7777

Replace 192.168.0.1 with your own IP.

That's it!

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