Sustainable Softworks, developers of Internet and security software, has released version 1.5 of IPNetTuner, its software for Internet connection optimization.
The new version adds a testing tool that lets you measure the improvement in connection performance. Plus, the company has included ready-to-use configuration documents that automatically optimize the performance of various types of Internet connections.
IPNetTuner 1.5 now includes Link Rate test and TCP test tools, both of which offer performance graphing. This means that when a change is made to any Open Transport setting with IPNetTuner, the results of such changes are immediately displayed during an ongoing test.
A Link Rate test is a raw packet stream test that tells a user how fast raw IP packets can be transferred over the connection. Users can now test a connection’s Link Rate to make sure that they’re getting the raw bandwidth promised by their Internet Service Provider (ISP), according to Brad Bennett, developer for Sustainable Softworks.
A TCP Test is a real-world test of the speed and reliability of a normal Web type Internet connection. The TCP Test in IPNetTuner uses the HTTP protocol to download a specified Web page numerous times to determine the TCP throughput in bytes/sec. By tweaking various TCP parameters in Open Transport, a user can markedly improve the performance of their Web and FTP downloads, Bennett said. These improvements are also immediately displayed in the real-time IPNetTuner TCP test graph, he added.
IPNetTuner 1.5 comes with pre-configured documents that will automatically tune Open Transport for an analog modem, a cable, DSL or ADSL modem, and a Sprint broadband wireless connection. You can double-click on the appropriate icon to launch IPNetTuner, which will then configure Open Transport properly.
IPNetTuner is US$25 and can be downloaded from the
Sustainable Web site. The 1.5 upgrade is free to registered users.