Networking

Troubleshoot network problems with PingPlotter

PingPlotter main window

PingPlotter is a lightweight network monitoring and troubleshooting tool. It can run in the background collecting data while you continue to run applications, and then allow you to quickly look at the data in an intuitive graphical format when you experience problems (reduced call quality for VoIP, slowdowns or disconnects with applications).

PingPlotter is great at allowing you to collect data over time to see trends. Version 2.6 features support for TCP traceroute and significant improvements in ability to run as a non-administrative user. PingPlotter includes an all new options dialog and alert e-mail body text that can be customized. You can now enter a time as a "Samples to Include" and PingPlotter will try and calculate how many samples will equal that time period.

The PingPlotter main window starts out with some default addresses you can trace. Take note of the Sampling and Statistics section of the screen. The items are fairly self-explanatory and can be adjusted to modify how often PingPlotter performs traceroutes and to limit how long PingPlotter runs.

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Since 1994, Scott Lowe has been providing technology solutions to a variety of organizations. After spending 10 years in multiple CIO roles, Scott is now an independent consultant, blogger, author, owner of The 1610 Group, and a Senior IT Executive w...

9 comments
jconte229
jconte229

I think it's a great tool to use, instead of thr tracert command

jpolsavsky
jpolsavsky

Does anyone know if this works with the Citrix Environment? Please let me know. thanks

limefan913
limefan913

Or you could just run Ethereal/Wireshark... interface is a lot better and its apparently much more powerful.

kingmans
kingmans

Ping Plotter is a essentially a fancy trace route tool. I bought it several years ago when it was $15 and it has help me find hard to find issues a few times. You are doing what equates to a continuous trace route command. This allows you to see when the route changes. This helped me catch a weird issue where the route was changing periodically on my network. It has also helped me show our ISP the router in their network that was dropping our packets. It gives the percentage of packet loss at each hop along the way. For the Network Professional this is a great tool. They wouldn't buy it for me at work so I bought it myself. I don't regret it.

Cool-IT
Cool-IT

Interesting tool for someone who is network savy. Definitely not for the casual troubleshooter but definitely an asset for the network experts.

Cool-IT
Cool-IT

Interesting tool for someone who is network savy. Definitely not for the casual troubleshooter but definitely an asset for the network experts. by Cool-IT | 09/25/07

bartus
bartus

is there a way ping plotter can detect if a file is being block(from an internal or external router for example) from being displayed or played