The Joys of Unreliable Internet

I’ve had a strange issue with my Internet for the last few months, it’s rock solid during the day and I have no issues at all, however from around 8pm onwards, it becomes unreliable – ping times go through the roof or I lose connectivity intermittently. This used to occur one night a week or so but for the past couple of weeks it has been happening 2-3 times a week which is seriously affecting my Netflix consumption 😀.

I have a FTTP connection and there doesn’t appear to be a fault with the fibre connection into my property as the fibre connection light on the ONT is green when the Internet grinds to a halt. I reported this to my ISP who requested I contact them when the issue is active so that they can perform some diagnostics.

I decided to collect some data on the issue to help me identify any patterns with this and also as evidence for my ISP. As I mentioned in a previous post I have a lot of spare Raspberry Pi’s so decided to put one of them to some good use!

I connected the Pi directly via Ethernet to my router and wrote a quick and dirty PowerShell script that uses the Speedtest CLI Python script written by Matt Martz to perform a speed test of my connection every 5 minutes. Yes, you read that correctly – you can run PowerShell on the Raspberry Pi, here is a guide on how to set this up. I used PowerShell to call the Python script for no other reason than I’d never done it before so it seemed like a good experiment.

Below is the script that I ran, this uses the Speedtest CLI to perform a test every 5 minutes and writes the output to a CSV file.

$i = 0
while ($i -eq 0)
{
    $Time = Get-Date
    $SpeedTest = /usr/local/bin/speedtest-cli --simple
    $Time.ToString() + "," + $SpeedTest[0] + "," + $SpeedTest[1] + "," + $SpeedTest[2]  >> /home/pi/Share/SpeedTest.csv 
    Start-Sleep -Seconds 300
}

Here is what the output looks like in Excel, I’m going to collect data for a few days before I crack open Power BI and do some analysis of the data.

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