How I Work – FREEPing

Last time I posted, I talked about an app for my iPhone that I use, called Hours. This week I’d like to highlight an app that has been with me since I started supporting a network.

FREEPing

FREEPing is a (you guessed it) free utility provided by Tools4Ever, the company that makes a user account automation tool called UMRA. As you may have guessed, FREEPing is a utility that pings IP addresses. It’s really not much more exciting than that, which is precisely why I like it so much. If you’re in a larger environment with lots of resources, you probably have network monitoring all setup. For those of us with limited resources, FREEPing is a great alternative, or even a great complement to your current monitoring system.

It’s really easy to setup:

  1. Add IPs you want to monitor
  2. Give them nice readable names
  3. Profit

Every time you launch the program after adding the IPs you want to ping, it will automatically start pinging each IP in order. It’s a great way to check on how your network is doing as you sip on your coffee and wait for Chrome to finally finish launching. It even has the ability to pop up messages and alert you if things are going awry, but I don’t have that feature setup. Here’s what it looks like in action:

FREEPing

Head over to the Tools4Ever website to download. I think you have to enter in some information to access it, and they might email or call you but it’s worth taking a look at some of their other products if your environment can benefit from it.

Next Time

For my next post in this How I Work series, I’ll be looking at an iPhone app called Mailbox.

How I Work – FREEPing

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