Google™ teams with M-Lab to offer diagnostic BISMark routers for free
After a couple of years of successfully launching Measurement Lab as known as M-Lab, Internet connection speed and analysis project, Google has taken one step ahead. Google is offering testers with free NETGEAR routers integrated with benchmark and diagnostic firmware. Measurement Lab is a collaborative project started with Google Inc., PlanetLab Consortium, and New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute. Till now M-Lab consists of software tools to be used on PCs. Now, with Broadband Internet Service Benchmark (BISMark) project being headed by the University of Napoli and Georgia Tech, M-Lab participants are providing data from their router. BISMark is a bespoke build of OpenWrt, which is an open source Linux distribution. BISMark router can be used with any OpenWrt-compatible router. Recent news reports that M-Lab is focusing on NETGEAR WNDR3700.
What are the benefits of BISMark router?
After installing BISMark router, minute information about Internet connection can be tracked. Now, data can be collected and analyzed by M-Lab to evaluate users’ Internet connection. They can also figure whether your ISP is using shaping or traffic caps. It has been presumed that the data is being pseudonymized or anonymized before it is being produced to M-Lab and Google, though there is no clear indication this. Now, users can view the data collected by BISMark thus helping users to detect different types of connection issues.
US based users are invited to aid in the Project BISMark by signing up for a free NETGEAR WNDR3700 router with BISMark installed. With a deep-rooted and active relationship with the Internet backbone and home connections, Google promises its search results will yield faster loading websites. Google owning a substantial backbone infrastructure is aiming at conducting tests on a fiber-to-the-door network. Google will also utilize Internet speed results from M-Lab and BISMark to fine-tune its services. The results from M-Lab and BISMark are also presumed to highlight which ISPs offer the tardiest networks and encroachments of net neutrality.