Found an interesting resource thanks to a close friend. Ping.eu is a free service which would let you test various aspects related to networks which would typically be pain inducing doing it on your own. For seasoned network professional having a MAC address of their own instead of a name :) this might not be that useful. However for a layperson like me this an invaluable resource.
These guys provide you with following services:
Ping – Shows how long it takes for packets to reach host
Traceroute – Traces the route of packets to destination host from our server
DNS lookup – Look up DNS record
WHOIS – Lists contact info for an IP or domain
Port check – Tests if port is opened on specified IP
Reverse lookup – Gets hostname by IP address
Proxy checker – Detects a proxy server
Mail relaying – Tests relaying capabilities of specified mail-server
Bandwidth meter – Detects your download speed from our server
Network calculator – Calculates subnet range by network mask
Network mask calculator – Calculates network mask by subnet range
Country by IP – Detects country by IP or hostname
Unit converter – Converts values from one unit to another
Taken straight from their site.