Internet Traffic Report tool on the sidebar


If you’ve scrolled down a bit, you’ve probably noticed something new.  There have been reports of some undersea cables that were cut off the coast of Egypt in the last week or so.  So, I added the “Internet Traffic Report” status display to my sidebar.

It shows the trend and the status in a number from 1 to 100.  They get this number by having a network of routers around the world that send out a ping at the same time (and measure it’s results).  If you’re a corporate IT person, or a home user with a static IP address, they may be interested in talking to you.  They’re always looking for more routers to get more accurate results.

For people who aren’t familiar with the terminology, a router is like a traffic cop.  Or more accurately it’s like your navigation system.  When you visit a website like my blog, your computer asks for the fastest way to get the data between the server here and your computer.  The routers provide the connections between them.

A Ping is like the old sonar in the movies (and in real submarines).  It sends out a series of packets (4 with 32 bytes of data on Windows) to the site that you’re pinging and listens for the reply.  Then it calculates how long it took to get the reply and whether it got all of the packets back.  A common phrase that’s used is “ping-pong”.  The lower the number of ms and the higher the percentage, the better.

Anyhow, if you’re noticing that it’s taking a bit longer to get to certain websites, you can check the status here (and click on it to go to their site for more detailed information).

Have a great day:)
Patrick.

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