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Perform Web-based network queries with these sites

When you want to perform network queries for troubleshooting or data collecting purposes, the standard approach has been to launch a non-graphical command line interface (CLI) in Windows or a shell prompt (such as Bash) in Linux to display the input and output of the commands you use. While this practice is undoubtedly quick and lightweight, the functionality of many networking commands has been replicated on dozens of websites which allow network administrators the same capabilities in graphical, web-based environments.

Nearly all of the networking-related command utilities have been listed and described in this blog. Some of these commands include netstat, nslookup, ping, traceroute, and whois among others. This post will show you the best and most popular websites for using these types of commands in browser-based graphical user interfaces (GUIs). These websites will be listed in alphabetical order based on domain name.

Can You See Me

CanYouSeeMe.org issues probes to see if certain ports on your external IP address respond.

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CentralOps

A whole slew of networking utilities are at your disposal on centralops.net: ping, traceroute, nslookup, and many others in a tidy interface.

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DNSinspect

DNSInspect is a web tool which checks domain servers for common DNS and mail errors and generates a report with explanations how to fix them.

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DNSstuff

The DNSstuff tools can help you perform forensic analysis of DNS and email servers, path analysis, and authenticate and locate domains. Also allows you to check blacklists and monitor Web, email and name server compliance and connectivity.

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ICanHazIP

ICanHazIP displays nothing but your external IP address.

Mr. DNS

Mr. DNS performs the following checks: DNS lookup, DNSSEC lookup, SMTP checks, whois, HTTP headers, and several others.

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Ping.eu

Ping.eu is a lightweight interface for ping, traceroute, DNS lookups, whois, port checks, bandwidth meter, network and netmask calculator.

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ServerSniff

ServerSniff describes itself as “a free Swiss Army knife for networking, server checks and routing with many tools for administrators, webmasters, developers, power users and security-aware users.”

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Website status checks

If your browser cannot load a certain website you are trying to visit, these pages can confirm that the problem is with the website itself and not with your browser or device.

Down For Everyone Or Just Me?

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URL: DownForEveryoneOrJustMe.com

Is It Down Right Now?

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URL: IsItDownRightNow.com

Website-Down

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URL: Website-Down.com

WebsiteDown

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URL: WebsiteDown.info


Bandwidth speed tests

If you are curious what your download and upload speeds are, put your bandwidth’s throughput to the test. This article, How Do Internet Speed Tests Work, explains what the sites below are created to do.

Written by Doug Vitale

November 21, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Posted in Useful Web-Based Tools

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