I am looking for tools for Windows that can act as a reverse-proxy in front of a server to introduce various networking issues like jitter, delays, or packet loss.

My preference is a software solution that will work on Windows. Httpd mod_proxy doesn't appear to support such a configuration, and googling for a tool in this category is proving fruitless.

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I find clumsy wonderful :


clumsy makes your network condition on Windows significantly worse, but in a managed and interactive manner.

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  • This this is awesome, no install or drivers. Many other solutions either didn't work and required installing network drivers. Commented May 2, 2014 at 15:46
  • Clumsy is great, but it only lets you put a max lag time of 3000ms which isn't great. I need a tool that can let me simulate terrible Internet connectivity.
    – Mr Pablo
    Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 12:40
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    @MrPablo Just build it yourself then... See github.com/jagt/clumsy/blob/master/src/lag.c
    – Calvin1602
    Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 13:08
  • I'm sure there are uses for this tool, but in my case of trying to test a WebSocket based application, it simply did not work. Still looking for a good tool to help with that specific use case.
    – Josh
    Commented Feb 6, 2018 at 1:16
  • for whatever reason the lag specified does not reflect the actual lag that gets up to 20-30, no matter if I put 3000 in the lag field. It still gets worse though but not as much as I want Commented May 20, 2018 at 12:35

If you're just testing how your app will repsond to ill-behaved networks, you could do worse that fire up a linux box in front of it with Wansim - I know, you wanted something ON the windows box... but probably doing the delayage there is an unfair test, as you've already bypassed a bunch of the stuff that is under test (eg how the OS & hardware handles packet loss).

I think you're not going to find web proxies to induce this sort of nastiness - far too high level.

Apologies if "testing your app's resilience" is not what you are after... thought i'd make an assumption rather than ask and forget to reply ;)

  • My actually goal is to test a client's reaction, and verify some changes I am planning to make will improve the situation. Commented Aug 18, 2011 at 0:36

http://4sysops.com/archives/free-tmnetsim-network-simulator-simulate-network-latency-and-packet-loss/ ?

Also, similar question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/117754/can-you-recommend-a-windows-based-network-emulator

http://www.akmalabs.com/downloads_flowmatrix.php - site tweaks my "be wary" sense a bit, but the software looks interesting.

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