Main Configurations

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Load at windows startup

Will allow you to have JDast start up when you start up your windows OS. It will load in the tray if it is run from boot this way.

Run a Test on Startup

This will run a test when JDast starts up. This will only happen when you have "Load on windows startup" set. The "startup test delay" will delay this first test for the specified period of seconds. This should allow your computer to finish loading everything and connecting to the net before running this first test.

Always Load in Tray

This will set JDast to ALWAYS load without showing the main window (into tray), even if it's run manually.

Invisible Auto Testing

Turning this on will make all the automated tests run invisibly (manual testing will still be viable). The tray icon will flash, but there will be no pop up windows or notification boxes, however the error logs will still record any errors.

Automatic Update Check

Automatically checks for any updates & offers you to update if an update is found.

Automatic Beta Update Check

Automatically checks for any beta updates & offers you to update if a beta update is found.

Silent Updates

If you have auto update on this will download the update in the background and then the next time you start up jdast it will automatically apply the update. This is much quicker than a manual update/install.

Show Mini-Meter

Switches on/off the real time mini meter that shows when doing download & upload tests

Static/Dynamic MiniMeter

The Static mini-meter generates its maximum from the current data-set's maximum. This will enable you to see when your speed is lower than your "normal" maximum by the colour & height of the meter bars and also the colour of the text at the top showing your average speed.

The Dynamic mini-meter generates its maximum dynamically from each half second meter bar. This means that you will always be able to see the highest peak's of the meter in real time but has the drawback that low speeds will show at the top of the meter regardless of your "normal" maximum speed. However the colour of the average results text is still compared to the current data-set's maximum and so will still show a visual colour waning of low speeds.

Exit Icon sends to tray

The top right hand corner window close icon will send JDast to the tray instead of closing JDast. JDast can be closed from the context menu of the tray or from the main "menu" drop down.

Wake-Up modes

Wake_up Mode OFF

No wake up mode.

Wake_up Mode ON

You can set jdast to wake a sleeping or hibernating computer 1 minute before the next test is due.

Wake_up then Sleep

This will not only wake a sleeping computer 1 minute before the next test but will also send it back to sleep directly after the test has finished. However it will only send it to sleep if there has been no user activity (user input) for at least 2 minutes. As well as that it always gives the user a warning box for 10 seconds where they can cancel the sleep.

Wake_up then Hibernate

Same as "Wake_up then Sleep" but Hibernates instead.

Testing GUI Transparency

Adjust the transparency of the pop up info box that shows during a test if your not running in invisible mode and the mini-meter box that sits just above it.

Max dataset Size

Here you should set how many test result records you would like to have as your dataset size. When this number of tests has been reached a new dataset will be started automatically. You can also have JDast start a new dataset at the beginning of each month or week (Monday) but the "max data set size" value will always have priority over monthly or weekly.

Notify sounds

One is a sound for when a test cycle starts. The other is a notification sound most often used with error warnings. To turn off rub out the sound file path and enter "0"

Network Adaptors

This is a list of all your network adaptors. When the "Use Adapter Hooks" tick box is ticked this combo is used to decide which adapter to gather the data throughput from. Usually the first adapter is the one to be used but sometimes on some setup's you may need to change which adapter is to be monitored.

Use Adapter Hooks

There are 2 methods of measuring the throughput :-

The first is the default "Use Adapter Hooks" (OFF) UN-Ticked.

This is the standard method to measure the throughput. It has been tested up to 100Mb/s both up and down and most probably is quite capable of much higher (you may need to use multi-threading for very high speeds).

This method has the benefit of only counting JDast's throughput, it will not include any LAN or other traffic

However :-

This can be made inaccurate if your are downloading or uploading at the time of the test.

The second is to  "Use Adapter Hooks" (ON) Ticked. This use a communication with your network adapter (hook into it).

Using this method means that you can get quite accurate results even if you are downloading/uploading at the time of the test as its not just measuring what JDast can see its getting the data from the network adapters and therefore includes all throughput.

However :-

When using this method any local traffic flowing through your chosen adapter will also be counted ! so if you expect LAN usages you might not want to use this method.

Either way :-

You can always use the "Throughput Check" ("No Testing" Tab) to stop any tests being taken if there is already traffic of any sort present. You just need to be sure that the correct network adapter for your system is selected in the drop down list.


Use Adapter Hooks

Pro's

Con's

ON (Ticked)

Can obtain accurate results even if downloading / uploading (through ISP) at the time of testing.

Will include local (LAN) traffic in test results.

OFF (Un-Ticked)

Will not include any local (LAN) traffic in test results.

Results will be upset if you are downloading / uploading (through ISP) at the time of testing.



Both these problems can be negated by use of the "Throughput check" ("No Testing" tab of configurations) to check for any traffic before the test starts.


Reset all settings to default

This will reset ALL the configurations and graph view settings.

You can use the Export Configurations option under the "menu" to back up all your settings just in case your worried about loosing everything you may have setup.

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