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WANEM - The Easy Tutorial - Introduction

WANem Introduction
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Details What is WANem?
Basic configurations
Network Scenarios
Basic mode
Advanced mode

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WANem (Wan Area Network EMulation) is a piece of software running on Knoppix, a well-known Linux distribution based on Debian.
It is launched through a LiveCD at computer startup or can also be launched from a VMware platform. As of the 1.2 version, WANem cannot be installed on a hard drive. This should be possible in the next releases.

The goal of Wanem is to emulate specific link qualities for testing the behaviour of an application.
For example, you should be interested to test whether a IP Phone located in a remote low-bandwidth site is able to call the central site with a sufficient quality.

A lot of settings such as the bandwidth size, packet loss, jitter, latency can be configured with an efficiency web interface.

WANem has to be located between two hosts, between each we want to simulate a network link. The routing parameters which need to be configured on the clients or on the WANem machine remains extremely easy.

You don't need to be a network and Linux guru to use WANem. The launch, network configurations and test settings are impressively easy and very quick. You can find an excellent documentation on the WANem website.

As of 1.2 version, WANem does not provide a correct behaviour when several settings are used together. So for the moment use only one setting at a time.