Ping Monitor: Host Availability and Connection Quality Monitoring Tool
This software tool helps you to monitor the up/down state and the connection quality of network devices. The program can send you notifications when the host state or the connection quality of the monitored hosts change. For every host, the program collects detailed statistics including the uptime, outages, latency and other monitoring metrics, so you can analyze the host performance during any historical period and generate detailed reports.
EMCO Ping Monitor Overview
The program is designed to automatically ping network hosts and detect their outages and connection quality problems. It uses ICMP pings to detect up/down statuses of the monitored hosts and estimates their real-time connection quality based on packet loss, latency and jitter metrics. The program stores information about every ping and allows you to get detailed statistics for any host during any historical period, such as the list of outages, uptime percent, average latency, latency deviation, etc.
EMCO Ping Monitor allows you to easily find hosts with different state and quality characteristics and navigate to them for detailed information. When the program detects changes in the host state or the connection quality, it can notify you of such changes. The program supports e-mail, Windows Tray and sound notifications. You can also configure a script or an executable to be used for custom notifications.
The program includes built-in tools for data analysis and reporting. The collected monitoring information is aggregated and represented on charts, so you can easily estimate the hosts performance during any historical period and track its metrics.
What is Ping Monitoring and How does it Work?
The program uses ping monitoring to interact with network hosts and detect their state and network performance. The program can monitor many hosts simultaneously, so it interacts with every host independently. The program continuously sends ICMP echo requests to every host and analyzes its echo replies. If a ping passes, the program saves its round-trip time. If several pings fail in a row, the program detects a connection outage, so the host state is changed to down and corresponding notifications are sent.
EMCO Ping Monitor uses the results of the latest pings to assess the real-time quality of the host connection by calculating the packet loss, latency and jitter metrics. The program determines the quality as good, warning, bad or critical depending on those metrics.
The program can also assess the host performance for any historical period using ping results for this period to calculate the host uptime percentage, packet loss, average latency, latency deviation, latency coefficient of variation (CV) and mean opinion score (MOS).
The Free edition allows monitoring up to 5 hosts. It does not allow any specific configuration for hosts. It runs as a Windows program, so monitoring is stopped if you close the UI or log off from Windows.
The Professional edition allows monitoring up to 250 hosts. Every host can have a custom configuration, such as monitoring settings and e-mail recipients of notifications. It runs as a Windows service, so monitoring continues even if you close the UI or log off from Windows.
The Enterprise edition includes all the available features. It is possible to monitor 2500+ hosts depending on the used hardware.
This edition offers client/server features, so the server works as a Windows service to ensure ping monitoring in the 24/7 mode. Multiple clients can connect to the same server and work simultaneously.
This edition has a monitoring web interface. It also has a special host-state and connection-quality monitoring views designed for control rooms to display statuses of all hosts on a single screen.
Host Availability Monitoring
The program detects the current state (up or down) for all monitored hosts and saves information about all outages, so for any selected time range you know when and how long the hosts were up and down.
Connection Quality Monitoring
The connection quality of any host is assessed in real-time as good, warning, bad or critical using different ping monitoring metrics. You can customize the assessment criteria according to your needs.
Host Performance Analysis
For any historical period, you can assess the host performance using customizable criteria. Tracking changes of the overall host performance and changes of different metrics can help to find the reason of networking problems.
All ping results are saved, so you can have access to statistics collected for every host. The program calculates different metrics and displays them on charts, so you can track the metrics changes over time.
Raw Ping Data
Every ping is recorded, so you can visualize all pings for every host on a timeline chart for a selected time range to see how they changed. You can export ping data into a file that can be opened for analysis in an external tool.
Get e-mail, Windows Tray and sound alerts when the host state or connection quality change. All settings are customizable, so you can change e-mail templates and set different notification settings for different hosts.
The program allows configuring settings used for all hosts and specifying custom settings for hosts/groups. You can integrate the program with external tools by configuring custom actions executed on up/down and other events.
Generate PDF and HTML reports including detailed statistics for selected hosts. The generated reports can be saved as files, sent by e-mail or uploaded to an FTP. The program can create reports on demand and on schedule.
What Experts Say
Going over this nifty software gave us some great insights into EMCO's thought process and how thorough this ping monitoring tool really is. They've given admins and network engineers the flexibility and complete control over their host monitoring software to allow us to configure and tweak as we please. Product review
All the dashboards, charts, and tabular data visible in the EMCO Ping Monitor desktop and web management consoles are great. In summary, if your business needs convenient, scalable access to your managed hosts' TCP/IP connectivity data, then I invite you to consider EMCO Ping Monitor. Product review