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IP Monitor
« on: October 20, 2010, 04:37:54 PM »
I found this nifty free program called IP Monitor.
http://www.xcat-industries.nl/software.php?cat=2
 It is basically virtual LED's that tell you what IP's are currently on line.  I keep it running all the time along with Simple Internet Meter Lite. It's very simple, Green LED= IP address is on line, Red LED= IP address not on line.  I use it in the following scenarios:
*I want to know if the computer upstairs is on, or when the computer I just turned on in the other room is "on line". 
* For security, I always turn off my WAP when not in use, but forget to turn it back on.  This tells me that my wireless printer (and WAP) is on line.
* I also like to see that my ISP connection is alive and well. This saves me a lot of troubleshooting when the ISP connection drops off for whatever reason.

I was hoping that you might be able to leverage off of this concept for a better program.
  • It seems that this little program has a minimum refresh rate of 1 minute.  Why not sooner, or at least a manual refresh button. When my ISP drops off like it did last night, this 1 min (or two if you just missed it) is too long.
  • Perhaps the location of the LED's could be in line with the IP's they represent.
  • I like being able to go to full view or small view, so maybe redundant LED's would work.
  • The stay on top feature is also nice to turn off or on as you wish.
     
BTW, I was searching for this type of IP monitor program as "a simple internet meter lite"  when I found your program, Simple Internet Meter Lite.  It was nice to stumble in to your SIML, love it!  :wink:
 What do you think?

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Re: IP Monitor
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2010, 07:38:02 PM »
Give this a look
http://www.pcwintech.com/simple-ping

You could put the IP to ping of one of the computers and such.

Its a program I made so when I am gaming online I can keep an eye on it (It runs on my 2nd monitor)  :wink:

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Re: IP Monitor
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2010, 08:56:10 PM »
I kinda figured you already had a handle on this idea.  Your pretty creative, it's a slick program.  what I do like about the other one though, is that you can monitor up to 10 network connections simultaneously, with a simple visual of a small row of LEDs.  I wrote to them about those requests I mentioned, but they don't respond.  The concept of their program is okay, I just think the execution could be done better  :wink:

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Re: IP Monitor
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2010, 09:07:50 PM »
Funny thing is I made a program about 10 years ago that was a site online/offline checker. It pinged them is all.

And I just checked and I still have it! lol from june 2001.

Anyways, give it a try, it will give me an idea of what your looking for better.

All I know is it would be an easy program for me to make :-)

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Re: IP Monitor
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2010, 10:54:31 AM »
I tried CS Checker.
Awsome.  Now is this my opportunity to get greedy :cheesy:
Here's what my wish list would look like:
  • Some sort of quick visual, like the green and red led thing.
  • A user settable auto-refresh rate (but I like to keep the 'manual check all', that's also nice.
  • scalable or collapse-able to just a row of leds (for quick visual reference, small footprint)
  • A comment field; for things like Upstairs, Downstairs, Family room, ISP, Printer
  • An "always on top" option
  • I like to put it the start up folder, but a "start with windows" option would be nice

Gee, did I leave anything out?  :thinking:

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Re: IP Monitor
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2010, 04:02:11 PM »
I will see what I can do. Just don't have a time frame yet :-)

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Re: IP Monitor
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2010, 08:19:35 PM »
No problem Shane, I appreciate every thing you do.  Take your time, I'm in no hurry.  I got the other one to keep me going for now.

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Re: IP Monitor
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