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Bandwidth Utilization Understanding

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We are running a WAPT test of our website. We are testing a simulation of approximately 1000 users making 100 page requests every 30 seconds. Each page that is loaded has advertising positions that make calls to an external ad server (outside of our network). Assuming that each ad position is is populated by making an ad call that is about 1K in length (http get), will the bandwidth to make these calls be represented in the bandwidth utilization reports.

 

I ask because with this version, our bandwidth numbers go through the roof when the test is run. However, in practice, the calls being made to the external ad server would be made by an end-user's browser while on their personal home/office network. The calls are not made through a proxy or redirects from our server farm.

 

The question is this. Because WAPT is running on our local network, the ad calls are being made using bandwidth of our internet connection at the office. When WAPT reports bandwidth usage, is it including the bandwidth that is used to make these external calls from the virtual browser being used by WAPT. Or, does it only include the bandwidth that is used between the web server and the virtual browser.

 

If the answer is 'Yes', meaning that all bandwidth used by the virtual browser - for internal and external http traffic - is tracked, is there a way to exclude traffic to a particular server - in my case, the external ad server.

 

Interested in folks who have some experience with this tool that may be able to help.

 

Thanks,

Chris

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WAPT doesn't separate bandwidth by the servers. The better way is just remove requests to the ad server from profile if they are unnneeded for the test.

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