How can I check the speed of a specific device on my network ?

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I have a Bluesound HIFI Network Streaming Unit that has very poor WIFI signal. When I diagnose the WIFI signal strength on my Bluesound iOS App, it clearly displays that the signal is weak. So, to try and correct this I purchased a WIFI Network Extender that I have placed right next to my Bluesound HIFI Network Streaming Unit and connected them both using Ethernet.

The WIFI Extender has gone off the network a few times over the past week and FING has notified me of this. To get it back on the network I would turn it on and off and then it would join again.

My questions are... how can I check the WIFI speeds that my new WIFI Extender might be delivering to my Bluesound HIFI Network Streaming Unit ? I don't know much about FING and all the features it offers... but I have done a PING test, but the results mean nothing to me. Please see below a screen shot of one of the results. Is that good or bad..?



I have also supplied a photo of my Bluesound HIFI Network Streaming Unit below to show the location of the new WIFI Extender unit.



Any comments or suggestions most welcome. I'm really trying to work out why it's not stable on the network and what speeds it is delivering to try and get the best possible internet signal to my Bluesound HIFI Network Streaming Unit.


Regards,
Anthony

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  • Marc
    Marc Moderator, Beta Tester Posts: 3,107
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    The Fing desktop as your seeing has limited throughput testing capabilities by device.  The Fing mobile app with a Fingbox is their best product offering for what your looking for.  One thing you can use the desktop for is to monitor when a device goes off the network, so for reliability analysis, the desktop is fine.

    As for other products that might be able to do bandwidth analysis by device, perhaps others can chime in?  @Pixel, would you have any suggestions @CreativeAntoCork could consider?
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  • Pixel
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    Hi @CreativeAntoCork
    @marc is correct that fing has limited capacity to check throughput and you would be better placed to have a word with Blusound as they may have a utility that you can use to check it. You haven’t mentioned what symptoms you are suffering with the music stream?

    From your screen shot, alas, it appears that you are only “pinging” the wifi extender, that said, the response times are fine.
    I’m not sure how your wifi extender works, it could be just a signal booster/relay or use ethernet over mains cabling so that’s an unknown.
    Also, you can’t be sure how your Nusound is connecting to the network I.e. Booster or Router, this information may be available by checking your router’s DHCP address allocation table (unfortunately not all routers are that helpful but it’s worth a look). By now you’re probably wondering why you bothered 😁

    What you could do now, which might save some hassle, ping your router directly (get the ip address from fing if you’re not sure what it is) if the response times are similar to the screenshot you posted that proves that the wifi/network connectivity is good (average response times of 3-8mS are good).

    There are apps to check general network throughput but that’ll be using a tablet/phone/computer not your streamer, however you’ll still get a good idea if you have a genuine network problem. Google will help you find an app.

    Hopefully this isn’t too confusing but feel free to ask if you need more help.
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  • CreativeAntoCork
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    Hi Pixel... and greetings from Ireland... you are so so good to come back to me with very well written and detailed reply. In a way I think you have already answered my question... as my Bluesound Streamer is connected to my WIFI Extender via Ethernet, so if you are saying the response times look good... and I do have a 1000MB Fibre to the Home connection using a WIFI 6 Router... this could mean that my HIFI Streamer is receiving solid and stable streams when the WIFI Extender is also stable and fully active on my network... the other question though would be why it keeps falling off the network every now and again for no obvious reason to me. This WIFI Extender is literally in my livingroom, right next to my office.

    Regards,
    Anthony
  • Marc
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    @CreativeAntoCork, can you detect any pattern?  For instance, some wifi frequencies can be affected by someone turning on a Microwave oven turning on.  Assuming that your router is working fine and not dropping anything connected to it but the extender, this is probably going to boil down to either a defective extender or something interfering with the Wifi signal.  
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