Set up a bandwidth test

Run a bandwidth test against a sample of your end users to see their bandwidth distribution.

For more information on mPulse bandwidth testing, visit Community.

How to

  1. In mPulse, click Central.
  2. At the bottom of the left pane, click Resources to open the Resources page.
  3. Under Downloads, click Bandwidth Testing Images to download the images.zip file.
  4. Unzip the file and upload the images to a web accessible location on your origin server (for example, http://www.mydomain.com/mpulse/images/) or CDN (see Set up caching for bandwidth images in Property Manager).
  5. In mPulse, click Central.
  6. In the left pane, click Apps, then double-click the app that you want to use for your test.
  7. Click General.
  8. Select the Enable bandwidth test checkbox.
  9. In the Images location field, enter the URL where you uploaded the bandwidth images, as shown in this example. Make sure to include the trailing backslash for the folder name.
  10. In the Sampling Percentage field, enter the sampling percentage if you want. mPulse enforces the value as a percentage of your total sessions. When tracking large sites, you can adjust the percentage of the population as the test runs. This can help you to understand how to control costs and resource consumption.
    CAUTION: When applying a sample rate, there are data usage implications that you should be aware. A single bandwidth test run can result in data transfers totaling about 4 megabytes. This can be a burden for mobile users with limited data plans. For example, if you run this test against a million of your end users, that's about 40 terabytes of data moving across your network.
  11. To exclude mobile users from the test, select the Disable Bandwidth Testing for Mobile User-Agents checkbox.

Next steps

Use the Bandwidth Blocks pie chart to see your end users’ bandwidth distribution.