How to Monitor Amazon Chime Network Performance

Alyssa Lamberti
Alyssa Lamberti Last updated on Mar. 11, 2021

How to Monitor Amazon Chime Network Performance

In Summary

With many of us now relying on video calls as a main form of communication, many different applications are growing in popularity, including Amazon Chime. To ensure you always have the best video and call quality during meetings, we’re teaching you how to monitor Amazon Chime network performance.

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By now you may have realized that some applications, such as VoIP and unified communications apps, are more sensitive to network performance than others. You’re on an important video call and suddenly your video starts to lag, the voices on the other end sound robotic, and suddenly your screen freezes.

This can be due to a variety of network issues like jitter, packet loss, packet reordering, congestion, and so on.

Amazon Chime, Amazon’s own video and messaging application, is just as susceptible to these problems as other leading competitors like Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

The only real way to avoid these problems is to monitor the network performance of your Amazon Chime application to proactively identify problems, determine what’s causing them, and troubleshoot them as fast as possible.

Why Monitor Amazon Chime Network Performance
Why Monitor Amazon Chime Network Performance

Network problems can affect so many different parts of your network, from your Internet, VoIP, firewall, and UC applications, like Amazon Chime.

In a previous article, we go over the 7 reasons to monitor network performance - in this article, we’re going to summarize some of the benefits of monitoring Amazon Chime network performance specifically.

Is the Network affecting Amazon Chime?
Is the Network affecting Amazon Chime?

So we already know that network performance can affect Amazon Chime performance, but your network isn’t always the culprit of VoIP and video issues.

Monitoring your network performance will help you determine if your network is affecting Amazon Chime performance, and if so, how to fix that.

A network problem can sometimes occur in your business’ network, in your service provider’s network, or somewhere else entirely. We’ve all been on one of these never-ending conference calls with Service Providers where everyone seems to be pointing fingers and blaming someone else.

By using a performance monitoring solution and deploying Monitoring Agents in strategic locations, you can clearly identify if a problem is network-related, and if so, where a network problem is coming from.

Identify Where Network Issues Come From
Identify Where Network Issues Come From

Network issues can occur in many different parts of your network. So when you’re looking to troubleshoot, you need to know where to start.

A Network Performance Monitoring software like Obkio, will monitor end-to-end network performance using Monitoring Agents strategically placed at different locations to provide you with information on:

  • The cause and source of the network problems.
  • Where and when they happened.
  • And who is responsible for fixing them.

You can learn more on this topic in our article on How to Identify Network Issues.

How to Identify Network Problems & Diagnose Network Issues
How to Identify Network Problems & Diagnose Network Issues

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Troubleshoot Network Problems Before Your Next Meeting
Troubleshoot Network Problems Before Your Next Meeting

Once you’ve collected information about any network issues causing Amazon Chime jitter, lagginess, or disconnection, you can start troubleshooting!

With a proactive network monitoring software, you can identify problems as soon as they happen, way before they reach our end-users. Network problems are very obvious over video calls, so it’s something you want to avoid.

With the data you’ve collected, you can then determine who needs to solve the problems affecting your Amazon Chime performance, whether it’s your internal IT team, your ISP, or AWS.

For more information on troubleshooting network problems, check out our article on Network Troubleshooting.

Top 7 Reasons Why You Should Monitor Network Performance
Top 7 Reasons Why You Should Monitor Network Performance

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How to Monitor Amazon Chime Network Performance
How to Monitor Amazon Chime Network Performance

Let’s move onto how you can easily and continuously monitor your Amazon Chime network performance.

1. Choose a Network Performance Monitoring Software
1. Choose a Network Performance Monitoring Software

To most accurately monitor your network and Amazon Chime performance, we recommend using a Network Performance Monitoring software, like Obkio to do the work for you.

A network monitoring software can continuously monitor end-to-end network performance and identify network issues for you.

You can get started with Obkio’s free trial, or choose an Obkio plan and follow our Getting Started Documentation.

2. Create A Public Monitoring Agent
2. Create A Public Monitoring Agent

To begin monitoring network performance with Obkio, you need to deploy Monitoring Agents which continuously run tests to measure network and application performance.

Choose an Amazon Agent
Choose an Amazon Agent

For Amazon Chime, you need to use an AWS Monitoring Agent. This would be Obkio’s AWS Monitoring Agent.

AWS’ Monitoring Agents are hosted and maintained by Obkio in the AWS cloud infrastructure, which means that they can be deployed within seconds.

For more information about deploying this Monitoring Agent type, refer to our Getting Started Documentation.

Choose the Right Agent Location
Choose the Right Agent Location

Amazon applications like Amazon Chime store customer data in Amazon’s global cloud locations. So when you’re looking to monitor the performance of these apps, it’s important to choose a Public Monitoring Agent which has been deployed in the Data Center located closest to the Amazon Data Center closest to you.

According to AWS, Amazon Chime now uses 14 AWS regions to host meetings closer to participants.

In addition, Amazon Chime account administrators can actually choose which Data Center locations they want to use for the Amazon Chime app, in the application settings.

For Example:

You want to monitor Amazon Chime performance for your business based in Montreal, Canada. First, you need to find the location of an AWS Data Center in Canada.

Amazon actually has a data center located in Montreal.

Obkio’s AWS Monitoring Agent is presently deployed in several different locations, including one in Montreal, Canada.

So when you’re deploying your Agent, make sure to either choose the Montreal Agent to monitor your Amazon Chime’s performance from Amazon’s Montreal Data Center!

Deploy More than 2 Agents
Deploy More than 2 Agents

We recommend deploying a minimum of more than two Agents to more accurately compare data.

For example, if you’re monitoring Amazon network performance between your head office and your Internet, use one Agent in our Head Office and 2 Agents to monitor Internet performance (example, a Google Cloud Agent and an AWS Agent).

This way, if you have a network problem, you can easily see if that same problem is affecting all your sites or just one.

If the problem is affecting all your sites, having Agents allows you to collect the most accurate data to troubleshoot, as well as create a comparison point.

Network Performance Monitoring Chord Diagram 9 Agents

3. Start Monitoring!
3. Start Monitoring!

Once you’ve set up your AWS Monitoring Agent and finished all the steps in our Getting Started Tutorial, you’re all set!

Continuously monitor the performance of your Amazon Chime, views network metrics from your Obkio dashboard, and get automatic alerts if network problems occur.

Continuously Monitor Amazon Network Performance
Continuously Monitor Amazon Network Performance

Once you’ve installed your monitoring set up, Obkio will continuously monitor Amazon network performance with featured like:

  • Network monitoring agents will send packets to each other every 500ms to measure network metrics such as latency, jitter, packet loss, and VoIP Quality using MOS Score.

  • Obkio’s agents also detect any network outages within 5 seconds and network degradation within a minute.

  • Collect historical data to go back in time and see the exact network performance for your Amazon apps every minute of the previous week, and create a network performance baseline.

Network Performance Monitoring Dashboard

You can also use other network monitoring tools in Obkio’s software to get even more detailed network performance data.

  • Traceroutes: Traceroutes are a powerful tool to help you collect more information about network problems. For more detail about performance and potential network issues, Obkio also executes Traceroutes periodically in both directions to identify hop-by-hop issues and to keep track of the historical latency between hops.

  • Speed Tests: Obkio’s monitoring setup also allows you to schedule automatic speed tests between the Monitoring Agents to test the available throughput on the connection between your on-premise infrastructure and the Zoom, or AWS cloud.

  • Device Monitoring: As we mentioned earlier from our Station 22 case study, even firewall problems, like high CPU usage, can affect UC apps like Zoom. If you’re experiencing any local network problems for Zoom, use Obkio’s Network Device Monitoring solution to monitor and find network problems associated with Firewalls, Routers, Switches, Wifi APs and any SNMP-enabled devices.

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Expand Your Network Monitoring Setup
Expand Your Network Monitoring Setup

You’re all set!

Now that you have your monitoring setup in place, it’s extremely easy to install more agents in branch offices, data centers and other clouds providers to monitor network performance.

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If you haven’t already, get a free trial of Obkio’s Network Performance Monitoring Solution today!

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