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What is Network Throughput?

by Iwan Price-Evans on Performance • May 16, 2022

In networking, throughput refers to how fast data travels between computers on a network. It’s measured in bits per second (bps) or bytes per second (Bps). The higher the number, the faster the data will move. Throughput does not affect latency.

How Do I Calculate Throughput?

There are different ways to calculate throughput. One method is to count packets per second (pps). Another is to count bytes per second (bps), and yet another is to count bits per second (bps). Each of these methods has its own advantages and disadvantages.

How Do I Measure Throughput?

There are several ways to measure throughput. One method is to use a packet analyzer, which records every packet sent and received by a computer. Another method is to use an oscilloscope, which displays the waveform of each packet as it passes through a device. A third method is to use a ping utility, which sends out small packets of data and measures the time it takes for them to return.

What Can I Do To Increase My Throughput?

There are several things you can do to improve your network throughput. First, make sure that the transmission medium has enough capacity to handle the load. If not, you will need more capacity. Second, use less demanding applications when possible. Third, reduce the number of devices connected to the network by using fewer ports on each device. Fourth, consider upgrading your hardware. Finally, try to avoid bottlenecks. A bottleneck occurs when one part of the network becomes overloaded with requests while other parts remain underutilized.