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PRTG uses Ping to check the availability of ALL network devices
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Ping monitoring with PRTG
- Definition: Ping, ping test, ping monitoring
- A quick introduction to PRTG: Ping monitoring
- The 5 advantages of PRTG
- 3 PRTG sensors for ping monitoring
- Network monitoring with PRTG: 3 real life examples
- Monitoring with PRTG: Other areas of interest
- Ping monitoring tools at a glance: What are your possibilities?
- FAQ: ping monitoring
Definition: Ping, ping test, ping monitoring
Ping is a command-line utility, available on virtually any operating system with network connectivity, that acts as a test to see if a networked device is reachable. The ping command sends a request over the network to a specific device. A successful ping results in a response from the computer that was pinged back to the originating computer.
What is a Ping Test?
A ping test will show you if a connection has been made and if a device is available. It is an extremely simple diagnostic tool for getting a general idea of availability. But it will not tell you how well individual devices are running. For this you will need a detailed analysis, such as is obtained via SNMP, WMI, or SSH.
What is Ping monitoring?
Ping monitoring will let you monitor your entire network via ping. PRTG is a Windows-based monitoring tool. The Ping sensor is a central sensor. During setup, a range of IP addresses is pinged and basic initial monitoring is configured. If the ping fails, you will be notified immediately.
The five advantages of PRTG
How PRTG defines sensors
In PRTG, “sensors” are the basic monitoring elements. One sensor usually monitors one measured value in your network, e.g. the traffic of a switch port, the CPU load of a server, the free space of a disk drive. On average you need about 5-10 sensors per device or one sensor per switch port.
PRTG is a ping tool and network monitoring tool for Windows. It runs on all major Windows systems, such as Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 10.
One tool for everything
With PRTG, you get a powerful tool for your entire network. Whether servers, routers, switches, uptime, or cloud connectivity: PRTG keeps an eye on everything so you can save in administrative hassle. In addition to ping sensors, SNMP, NetFlow, and Packet Sniffing sensors are used to offer you a detailed look at the availability and workload of your network.
PRTG features a customizable, built-in alarm system that promptly notifies you of problems. The Ping sensor is set as the master sensor for your network devices. If this sensor fails, all the other sensors on a device switch to sleep mode. This means you’ll receive just one notification – and not be flooded by alerts.
A quick overview
The PRTG dashboard provides a quick overview, any time you like. You will immediately see if everything is alright. The dashboard is customizable to meet all your specific needs. While away from your desk – such as when working in the server room – PRTG can be accessed via smartphone apps so you never miss a beat.
Initial monitoring is set up immediately during configuration. This monitoring is made possible thanks to the Auto Discovery feature: PRTG pings your private IP addresses and automatically creates sensors for your available devices. You can check out the availability of your network simply by opening PRTG for the first time.
PRTG features a transparent license model. There is a free trial version enable you to check if PRTG fits your needs. The Ping sensor and alarm feature are also included in the trial version. And upgrading your license is easy should the needs of your company or network rise.
Your ping sensors at a glance – even on the go
PRTG is set up in a matter of minutes and can be used on a wide variety of mobile devices.
3 PRTG sensors for ping monitoring
The PRTG Ping sensor is one of the most commonly used sensors. It displays the ping time. It also shows the minimum and maximum ping time of a series of pings during an interval. Packet losses are also displayed. Find out more about the Ping sensor here.
Ping Jitter Sensor
This sensor sends a series of ICMP echo requests to calculate statistical jitter. Jitter expresses the deviation from average latency, enabling you to determine the quality of your service. More information on the Ping Jitter sensor here.
Cloud Ping Sensor
The Cloud Ping sensor uses PRTG Cloud to measure the ping time of your network from various locations in the world. This sensor allows you to see the availability of your network in Asia, Europe, and America. For international companies, in particular, this measurement is an extremely important consideration. Find out more about the Cloud Ping sensor here.
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Network monitoring with PRTG: 3 real life examples
500,000 administrators throughout the world depend on PRTG. These administrators may work in a variety of different branches, but they all have one thing in common: the desire to guarantee and improve the availability and performance of their network. Three case studies:
Zurich Airport is the largest airport in Switzerland, which means it is especially important that all its electronic systems are always up and running. To make this a reality, its IT team has implemented the Paessler AG's PRTG Network Monitor Tool. Boasting more than 4,500 sensors, this tool ensures that problems are immediately detected and directly solved by the team's staff. Previously, the IT team relied upon a mishmash of monitoring software. But ultimately the managers found this software unsuitable for ad-hoc monitoring by the operating and engineering personnel.
Bauhaus University, Weimar
In total, 5,000 students and 400 employees have access to the IT systems of the Bauhaus University in Weimar. The university's previous network monitoring was an isolated Nagios-based solution. The system was technically outdated and no longer sufficient to meet the needs of the school's IT. Modernizing the infrastructure would have been extremely expensive. Instead, the university inquired about new network monitoring solutions. The IT managers wanted comprehensive software offering optimal usability, easy setup, and excellent value for the money. They therefore went with PRTG.
Frankenthal Public Utilities
Just over 200 Frankenthal Public Utilities workers are responsible for supplying electricity, gas, and water to both private and business customers. The organization of all its buildings is also dependent on its locally distributed infrastructure, which is composed of around 80 servers and 200 connected devices. The IT managers at Frankenthal Public Utilities were looking for affordable software that could meet their specific needs. At first, the IT team configured the free trial version of PRTG. Today, Frankenthal Public Utilities uses about 1,500 sensors - which monitor, among other things, public swimming pools.
Monitoring with PRTG: Other areas of interest
Mail servers, web servers, database servers: PRTG offers an extensive range of server monitoring. Even virtual servers can be monitored with PRTG. PAESSLER AG is a certified VMware Technology Alliance Partner. Find our more in our Server Monitoring section.
With PRTG, you'll always know the status of your network's uptime and downtime. Thanks to our comprehensive monitoring, you can immediately take to troubleshooting to find and remove bugs. PRTG measures the uptime of your servers, CDN, individual devices, website, etc. More on Uptime Monitoring.
Practical tip: Hey Greg, do you have any ping monitoring tips up your sleeve?
“Ping sensors are probably the most important elements of any network monitoring. They must be set up correctly, particularly with regard to your connections. If for example you are monitoring a virtual machine, then it makes sense to place the ping in connection to its host. Should the host crash, you will therefore not be notified for each and every virtual machine connected to it. Furthermore, ping sensors can be good indicators of whether a network path to a host or the Internet functions properly, especially in high-availability or failover scenarios.”
Greg Campion works as a system administrator at Paessler AG
Ping monitoring tools at a glance: What are your possibilities?
Ping via the command line
The command line is still a commonly used way to execute a ping query, especially when a malfunction or urgent issue occurs and you need to quickly check for availability.
Round-the-clock monitoring tools
Our network monitoring software monitors the availability and reachability of all your network devices and connections around the clock. Gone are the days of manual monitoring - PRTG runs in the background and automatically sounds the alarm in the event of a problem. And if the alarm sounds, you’ll immediately see where the problem lies. Ping monitoring is one of the core functions of PRTG, but with our software, you can also monitor your entire network, your applications, your traffic, and more.
Special vs. all-in-one tools
Some ping monitoring tools do nothing more than run ping tests. These tools are often free. Other tools, such as PRTG, are comprehensive network monitoring solutions. The advantage of an all-in-one solution: All your monitoring tasks are performed in one central tool instead of spread out across several small tools. On the other hand, if you have an extremely small network, then start with a simple ping tool.
Open-source vs. proprietary software
Network monitoring tools include open-source applications like Nagios and proprietary software such as PRTG. Our software is easy to set up, continually being upgraded, and comes with outstanding technical support. As a result, many companies switch from their open-source tools to PRTG. See our comparison of Nagios and PRTG.
FAQ: ping monitoring
What is a good ping value?
In a local network, a ping value of one millisecond is considered normal. On the Internet, it depends on the application. A video conference requires a lower ping value than a request to a website. A ping value of less than 100 milliseconds is preferable. A value of around 500 milliseconds is often still acceptable.
Why does the ping value matter?
Every system administrator can immediately tell if a ping value is too high. High ping values usually lead to more work for the technical support team as employees start calling because the network connections or telephone services are down.
How can I ping all the devices in my network?
Upon installing PRTG, all network devices within a specified IP range are automatically pinged and incorporated into your monitoring environment. Among other things, these devices include routers, switches, servers, and stationary computers. Initial ping monitoring is therefore set up immediately.
How does ping tracking work?
Ping monitoring with PRTG is done by way of sensors. For each device, you’ll need to create around ten sensors, one of which is the Ping Sensor. As for the other sensors, you can choose between the SNMP Sensor, traffic and port scanners, and much more. These sensors send your monitoring data to your core system, where it is displayed on an easy-to-read dashboard. The dashboard is entirely customizable.
Does the PRTG ping monitoring tool work for distributed networks?
Yes, our software can also be used to ping devices in distributed networks. PRTG uses remote probes to connect other locations to your central monitoring environment. Response times are longer in distributed networks. If something goes wrong, you need to be alerted immediately so you can take action at once.
How does the alarm function work?
Our ping monitoring tool monitors your network devices around the clock. It lets you set the threshold values which trigger an alert when exceeded. If a device malfunctions, you’ll be notified at once.
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- HTTP API: Access monitoring data and manipulate monitoring objects via HTTP requests
- Custom sensors: Create your own PRTG sensors for customized monitoring
- Custom notifications: Create your own notifications and send action triggers to external systems
- REST Custom sensor: Monitor almost everything that provides data in XML or JSON format
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