Chrome Connectivity Diagnostics tests your Network Connection

Sometimes the wireless router and dongle that we use to connect to the Internet, functions like a useless heap of plastic body. No matter how hard you try to connect, the device just doesn’t respond to your request. Under such circumstances, if you do not have a good diagnostic tool at hand it becomes difficult to identify, isolate and rectify the problem.

Luckily, if you’re a Chrome user, there’s an easy way out! Chrome Connectivity Diagnostics might just be the app you would be looking for. The Chrome extension is a fast and simple network testing and troubleshooting tool for Chrome and ChromeOS. People find it of little use to install when the full force of the internet is flowing freely. However, you can unleash it’s true potential when you experience connectivity issues.

Chrome Connectivity Diagnostics

Chrome Diagnostics tool

The tool tests a computer’s network connection for common issues, port blocking, and network latency by establishing connections to network and Internet services via UDP, TCP, HTTP and HTTPS.

Visit the Chrome App store and download the extension. Launch the app, the tests will automatically start running with a progress bar like the one appearing below.

runnin tests

When the test is complete, you are presented with the problem/s.

2 problems

In my case, there were 2 issues noted,

  1. DNS Resolution taking too long
  2. Web Request to Google taking too long

failing test description

For more detailed information, you can select the Gear icon in the upper-right corner, and click on “Show Passing Tests.”

show passing tests

This will show you different test results. Clicking on the individual tests will provide a brief description of the test and a link to the logs.

passing test results

Chrome Connectivity Diagnostics Features:

  • Local network connection availability
  • DNS server availability and latency
  • DNS cache poisoning/spoofing
  • Internet traffic blocks by a HTTP captive portal or firewalls
  • Network performance and latency to Google websites
  • Google Hangouts service availability

If you happen to be on a Chrome OS device, you’ll also notice two additional tests:

  1. Wi-Fi signal strength
  2. Default gateway is reachable.

You can get the Chrome Connectivity Diagnostics extension here.

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