I had covered some nice network scanners (and still have a use for them) but lately I also needed utility that can ping and monitor known host names.
Unsurprisingly Nirsoft offers exactly that – PingInfoView app that pings multiply computers repeatedly.
What it does
On launch app asks for list of PCs you want to monitor and offers option to frequency of repeated pings. IPs, hostnames and format with optional descriptions are supported.
After that it pings all of list and displays results in usual for Nirsoft utilities multi-column interface.
- fast and efficient, convenient up to hundreds of computers;
- optional highlight and beeps on failed pings;
- keeps count and calculates average values for stats.
Needs and wants
I am not the one to complain about simplicity but this one could really use additional checks (like for running web server) and more fancy stats (which boss race likes to demand). It gets pings done, no less but no more.
Simple, completely portable, supports command line arguments and several data export options. Does exactly what promised but does not go deeper.