When I am travelling these day, WIFI connection in hotel is a must have requirement.  I am always willing to pay more that feature.  But how fast are those (paid or freebie) connection?  Here is a really cool tool to tell you.  PathTest is a free bandwidth testing tool.   It provides the most accurate results possible for determining the maximum capacity between any two end points over any network.

Here is my first entry from YVR airport to my most frequently visiting site: facebook =P

PathTest (TM) v.4.6.0 build 4639
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Testing to ...
Test Settings:
 Protocol: ICMP
 Direction: bidirectional (outbound and inbound simultaneously)
 Duration: 5 seconds
 Socket buffer: 373760 bytes (365K)
 Local IP:
 Remote IP:
 Default RX buffer: 8 KB
 Actual RX buffer: 365 KB
 Default TX buffer: 8 KB
 Actual TX buffer: 365 KB
 MTU: 1500
 6.291 MBytes -->------>------>------>------>------>------>------>------>
 4194 packets                                                           |
 5.000286 seconds                                                       |
 Total = 2.176 Mbps | Each way = 1.088 Mbps                             |
 Received                                                               V
 873.000 KBytes <------<------<------<------<------<------<------<------<
 582 packets
 6.419367 seconds
Like PathTest? Then check out trypathview.com. It provides even more key
network performance metrics (without flooding!) enabling continuous testing
of end-to-end network performance without impacting your production traffic.

Through out my “Impulsive Travelling 2012: Spain & Germany“, I will keep running a session of PathTest.  Follow this blog if you are interested to see the geek side of my latest trip =)