The main goal of Ping Monitor is to provide you with easy-to-use connection monitoring features. After you have added and configured the hosts to monitor, you are ready to start the monitoring process. As soon as the process is started, the program checks for the host state and connection quality changes using the options defined on the Monitoring Settings and Connection Quality preference pages. During this process the monitoring statistics is gathered by the program, to allow you review the overall monitoring statistics for each host and build performance and availability reports for required periods of time. The mentioned reports are covered in details in the Reporting section of this document.
The monitoring process for each host can either be inactive, active or paused. The activity can be either controlled manually or by the program taking into account the automation and monitoring intervals options defined in the program preferences and per host. While the monitoring process is paused, the ping packets are not sent to the remote hosts and the ping statistics stays the same until the monitoring process is resumed.
The monitored host can be in one of three states, those are: Up, Down and Pending. For the details on state monitoring, please refer the Host State Monitoring section of this document. Along with the host state, Ping Monitor monitors the connection quality. The available qualities are Good, Warning, Bad, Critical and Pending. The Connection Quality Monitoring section covers the process of monitoring a connection quality.
Ping Monitor can alert you on the hosts state or connection quality changes via e-mail, balloon or sounds. Also it is possible to trigger custom actions on hosts state or connection quality changes. The program alerts and notifications can be configured on the Alerts and Notifications preference page. You can choose which notification is enabled for each trigger and specify the delay for each action, if required.
In this chapter we will go through all the aspects of monitoring activity management and describe the statistics gathered during hosts monitoring in details.