Transform Pis into Network Testers with Kootnet

This Python 3 program turn 2x Raspberry Pis (and some other GNU/Linux computers) into Network Testers by running MTR & iPerf3 to test latency & throughput on individual cables or network routes.
No special hardware is required to use Kootnet Network Testers.
IPv4 support only. IPv6 support coming soon.

Note: Throughput is limited to the Networks Capacity and the Computers Network Adapter. The results will reflect the slowest link.
Raspberry Pi 3B+ = 300Mbps || Raspberry Pi 4B = 1000Mbps

Install & Setup

Raspberry Pi 4B Recommended due to it's 1000Mbps network adapter

Supported Operating Systems

Raspbian (9 or higher), Ubuntu (18.04 or higher)

Other Operating Systems

Most other Debian based GNU/Linux distributions should work with Kootnet Network Testers if the distribution supports the applications MTR, iPerf3, wget & Python3 along with the Flask & gevent Python modules. A Debian installer has been created to simplify the install and removal processes.

Optional Hardware

When installed on a Raspberry Pi you can install additional hardware such as displays and buttons to operate the unit.
See below for supported optional hardware and it's operation.

Waveshare e-Paper 2.7" Raspberry Pi HAT (Both BW & BWR versions)
Note: Hold the buttons down for 1 second before releasing to ensure proper operation.

Installing Kootnet Network Testers

  1. If using Raspberry Pis, ensure Raspbian is running on both of them, otherwise skip to step 2.
    Fresh Raspbian Installs Recommended Download Raspbian Here
  2. Download the Kootnet Network Testers Installer and double click it.

Note: If you only have terminal access, run the following terminal command instead
wget -O KootnetNetworkTesters.deb && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y install ./KootnetNetworkTesters.deb

  1. Open the "Kootnet Network Testers" shortcut in your Operating Systems application menu to configure and use the Tester. On the Raspberry Pi, the shortcut is located in the Accessories menu.

Optional: If you cannot find the menu shortcut, you can open a web browser like Firefox or Chrome and goto http://localhost:10066 on the local unit to use and configure the Tester.
Optional: Connect the tester to a network and access the configuration page from another computer on the same network through the IP address. Example:

Note: You need to install Kootnet Network Testers on 2 devices to test throughput, one for interacting with and the other as the remote test server. By default, each Kootnet Network Tester can be used as the remote test server (This can be turned off in the configuration).
The remote test server IP can be found and set in the unit's configuration.

Using KootNet Network Testers

If you intend to test cables or a network without a DHCP server, be sure to set Static IP's in the testers configuration or the underlying Operating System.

You must set the "Remote Test Server IP" in the configuration of the tester you are intending to run tests from.
Connect the 2 Tester units to a single cable or local network then use the web interface or press the appropriate buttons to initiate tests.

Note: The "Change Button Functions" will cycle through 3 different settings when pressed multiple times.

Primary Button Functions

  1. Run & Display MTR tests
  2. Run & Display iPerf3 tests
  3. Nothing (WIP)
  4. Change Button Functions

Secondary Button Functions

  1. System Information
  2. Upgrade Kootnet Ethernet Tester Software
  3. Upgrade Kootnet Ethernet Tester Software Developmental
  4. Change Button Functions

Tertiary Button Functions

  1. Shutdown Remote Test Server
  2. Shutdown Local Unit
  3. Nothing (WIP)
  4. Change Button Functions

Download Details:

Author: chad-ermacora

Official Github: 

License: GPL-3.0 license

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Transform Pis into Network Testers with Kootnet
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