RE: [fw-wiz] tests about latency

From: Neale Banks (
Date: 09/12/03

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    Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2003 14:37:09 +1000 (EST)

    On Thu, 4 Sep 2003 wrote:

    > You may want to checkout SmokePing which works off of RRDTool. It sends 10
    > pings ever 2 minutes, averages and graphs their response time and loss if
    > any.

    Sounds like a nice tool, thanks for the pointer. But....

    > You would setup a host internally with smoke pings against the inside
    > interface of the PIX, and the router just outside the PIX, then compare the
    > graphs.

    As the latency across the firewall hopefully isn't great, would not the
    potential difference between the ping-response time of the firewall and
    router be significant?

    Surely such a test would be better constructed with two identical,
    unloaded hosts - one just inside the FW and one just outside?

    Ob FW: Whilst obviously anything that's not simply routed (e.g. proxied
    protocols) would be a completely different kettle of fish, to what extent
    could one then reasonably generalise the results obtained from ping tests
    (i.e. ICMP packets) to other protocols?


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