PING Your Servers Regularly
IPHost Network Monitor provides a simple, yet powerful PING Tool, primary use of which is to check basic connectivity.
PING, or “Echo” requests/responses of ICMP (Internet Message Control Protocol) is somewhat underestimated; although the basic use of PING is measurement of round-trip time (RTT, time required to send request and receive its immediate response), it can be used to detect network problems in general.
Under normal circumstance, average PING response time is always within certain limits. If response time starts getting too big, it’s a signal that network might be under a high load, or particular device can become irresponsible, for variety of reasons. Studying trends in average PING response time can help detecting possible problem patterns, indicating that device, or certain software part thereof requires tuning, or further studying. to prevent possible problems.
Sudden, drastic changes in PING response times for many device on network may indicate a general, network-wide problem (such as malfunctioning network adapter on one of devices, network saturation events, miscellaneous types of attacks and so on.
PING and RTT (round-trip-time)
Round-trip time is defined as time interval required to send signal and get response (immediately sent by remote host). If network isn’t overloaded, routing is set up correctly and there are no other problems in transit, then RTT is close to time required an electromagnetic wave to cross corresponding distance (simplifying, that would mean ICMP packets travel with speed of light).
Summing up: the shorter RTT, the better. Peaks in RTT signify certain problems en route to target host. Using tool such as traceroute (which performs RTT measurement for every host packets traverse to reach the remote host), problem hosts (routers etc) can be detected, as well as general connectivity problems between separate networks.
PING as Dependence
Since PING indicates general connectivity, it’s only natural to use its absence as indicator that device is irresponsible (requiring further analysis, for what is the reason of connectivity problems).
Say, when device goes offline, and its other monitors are dependent on PING monitor, there will be no numerous alerts from every such monitor: there will be PING alerts only; there monitors would stop without sending spurious alerts about going down. Similarly, as soon as PING returns into normal state again, that can be used to re-awake other monitors, resuming monitoring without excessive alerts.
IPHost Network Monitor features
Here are some features of IPHost Network Monitor:
- Easy installation and usage – you will be up & running in less than 2 minutes
- Runs as a Windows service
- Multiple notification methods – email, SMS (also via phone), audible alert and more
- Automatic network discovery tool (scanning a network within a given range of IP addresses to find servers)
- Remote access via a web interface and mobile interface
- A script or a program can be run as a reaction on a problem
- Results in form of HTML reports with a graph
- Read more about the features of IPHost Network Monitor
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IPHost Network Monitor 5.3 build 14150 of December 25, 2020. File size: 68MB