Re: Network tests
"Much confusion when the transmission seemed to take a couple of seconds."
Most people in IT have always been unaware of what happens beyond the interfaces of their particular area of concern. This has been exacerbated in recent years by the need for repeated renewal of qualification certificates. Job roles are usually predicated on these certificates or narrow training - so people usually don't get the chance of a wider experience.
We had similar problems when roles were outsourced to India. Thick client transactions that had been apparently instantaneous in the UK - now crawled due to the latency on the many RPC-type handshakes in each transaction.
There were demands from management to make the network go faster. To which we had to respond - that even if the transmission was at the speed of light - the transactions would still be slow. You can't change the Laws of Physics.