References > Component Monitor Types > Download Speed Monitor

Download Speed monitor

This component monitor measures the time it takes to download data from the target node, and reports the speed in KB/s (1024 bytes per second). The target node must be running a Character Generator service.


The statistic for this component monitor is the download speed in KB/s (1024 bytes per second).

Field Descriptions


This field provides a default description of the monitor. You have the ability to override the default description by adding to or replacing the text, which is automatically saved. The variable to access this field is ${UserDescription}.

Enable Component

Determines whether the component is enabled. Disabling the component leaves it in the application in a deactivated state not influencing either SolarWinds SAM application availability or status.

Port Number

The port used for the character generator service. The default value is 19.

Download Sample Size (kb)

The amount of data in kilobytes (kb) you want to download from the node for testing the download speed.

Convert Value

Checking the Convert Value check box opens the Formula box. From here, you have the ability to manipulate the returned value with a variety of mathematical possibilities. You can choose common functions from the drop down lists to manipulate the returned value, or you can select the Custom Conversion option. See setting Conversion value for more information.

Response Time Threshold

This field allows you to set the warning and critical threshold conditions based on the response time. The response time is the time in milliseconds it takes SolarWinds SAM to determine that a component is not Down and to retrieve any statistical data. See setting Application Monitor Thresholds for more information.

Statistic Threshold

This field allows you to specify when a threshold that indicates a warning or critical level has been breached. Logical operators are in the drop down followed by a blank field for you to enter the value of this threshold. For example: Less than 15 for warning, Less than 5 for critical. See setting Application Monitor Thresholds for more information.

User Notes

This field allows you to add notes for easy reference. You can access this field by using the variable, ${UserNotes}.