Quality Monitor View

The Quality Monitor view, that is located within the group of views in the middle of the main program window, is mainly designed to be used for focusing on connection quality monitoring, where you can easily detect any problematic situations just in time. The view displays only those hosts the monitoring is currently active for. It is possible to monitor per-host connection quality as well as the qualities distribution for groups of hosts. The view is organized with the help of tiles representing the objects being monitored. Let us take a closer look at the view and its features.

Monitoring hosts connection quality

Pic 1. Monitoring hosts connection quality

The first mode of the Quality Monitor view we are going to introduce is the per-host connection quality monitoring Pic 1. This is the default mode, where each tile represents a single host. For the hosts that are monitored, the connection quality is calculated based on the rules defined in the program preferences and/or host settings. The tile is filled with red color in case all packets from the sample used to calculate the connection quality are lost, thus the quality is critical. In other cases, the quality value is displayed with the help of the colored tag on the right of the tile: green – for good quality, yellow – for warning, red – for bad, and gray – for pending. In case the host is currently unreachable, thus the quality is represented with the latest reachable one, the tile is hatched.

On the large tiles, for each host you can find the parameters used to calculate the quality and which parameter is leading to the warning or bad quality value. The same way as for the state, you can see how long has the host connection quality had this or that value. The smaller the tile the less information is available immediately, but there is still a whole set of values in the tool-tip.

Monitoring connection quality for groups of hosts

Pic 2. Monitoring connection quality for groups of hosts

Together with per-host connection quality monitoring, it is possible to monitor connection quality for host groups. The group tile can either represent the group or the set of individual hosts (selected individually or not belonging to any group) Pic 2. The group tile is displaying the number of hosts within the group having specific connection quality. When monitoring connection quality in grouped mode, you can click on the group to focus on hosts from that group, or click on the specific connection quality part within a group to focus on hosts having that specific connection quality.

You can switch between different modes of the Quality Monitor view using the corresponding buttons on the view toolbar.

Toolbar Overview

Hosts

Hosts

The Hosts button is used to configure the view for monitoring each host individually.

Groups

Groups

The Groups button is used to configure the view for monitoring groups of hosts.

Group by Severity

Group by Severity

The Group by Severity button allows you to group the view the way that the problematic nodes are always displayed on top.

Sort by Name

Sort by Name

When monitoring hosts, the Sort by Name button enables the view sorting by entry name.

Sort by Time

Sort by Time

When monitoring hosts, the Sort by Time button enables the view sorting by connection quality change time stamp.

Focus on Problems

Focus on Problems

The Focus on Problems button allows you to configure the view to be automatically scrolled to entries where connection quality goes critical, when grouped by severity and sorted by time.

Link to Hosts View

Link to Hosts View

The Link to Hosts View button can be used to filter the view for displaying only those items that are selected in the Hosts view.

Small

Small

The Small button switches the view to the mode where each monitored host is represented just with a pictogram describing its connection quality. Any other information on the entry is available in the tool tip only.

Medium

Medium

The Medium button is used to switch to the mode where each entry is represented with a tile containing only the summary information on the entry. The detailed info is available in the tool tip.

Large

Large

The Large button enables the view mode where a tile representing each entry contains maximum information on the entry being monitored.

Filter Editor

Filter Editor

The Filter Editor button should be used to define the custom filter criteria to be applied to the monitored entries.

All entries within the Quality Monitor view can be grouped by severity so that the problematic entries are always on top. To enable such grouping, use the Group by Severity button on the toolbar. For example, when enabled, the hosts with the critical connection quality will be displayed on top, then hosts with the bad connection quality will follow, then there will be the hosts with the warning quality, and so on.

The Quality Monitor view can be filtered to always display information for the entries currently selected in the Hosts view. You can enable such behavior using the Link to Hosts View button. The Filter Editor button allows you to filter out entries with specific connection quality. To switch between tiles of different size, use the Small, Medium and Large buttons.

Within the Quality Monitor view you can also focus on monitoring specific hosts and then pin the tab with the host, if required. To monitor single host, just click the tile the host is represented with. The content of the view will be replaced with host monitoring details Pic 3.

Monitoring connection quality for a single host

Pic 3. Monitoring connection quality for a single host

Within the detailed connection quality monitor view, in the left top corner you can find the block that is quite similar to the large tile representing the host and contains the same information. Below this block, you can view the information on the distribution for the packets from a sample used to calculate the connection quality. Below the packets distribution, you can find the connection quality characteristics. To the right those latest packets are displayed in the chronological order as well as the connection quality that is reached after each response.

On the bottom on the detailed connection quality monitor view you can find the area with recent connectivity events. It is used to display the fifteen most recent events about connection quality changes that occurred during the last hour.

Within the view header, next to the host name and group, the arrow is located that allows you to go back to per-host connection quality monitoring. The header also contains the buttons that allow to print and save the report based on the displayed monitoring data and pin the current detailed monitor. When pinned, a new tab is created representing the detailed monitor for that host. So you can open several detailed monitoring tabs next to each other.