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    Posted on cellsee6 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Home Forums Networking – routers, firewalls, network configuration Looking for a way to monitor my internet connection on my router

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      • #1993984 Reply
        cellsee6
        AskWoody Lounger

        I have 6 computers all running Windows 7 Pro in a peer-to-peer network. I do not have a server.
        I searched using the works “internet monitor” but did not find any applicable posts.

        My internet connection is provided by a big phone company. Sometimes it runs poorly. I’d like to find some sort of software which could monitor my internet connection and, when it is not running properly, tell me in some way so I can take action.

        Right now the only thing I can do is to connect a laptop directly to my internet router and have it run ping all the time. Then I have to open a remote desktop connection to the laptop so I can view how well it is running ping. There must be a better way.

        What simple and inexpensive software is available to monitor my internet connection so I don’t have to connect a laptop to my router and keep typing “ping http://www.yahoo.com” all the time?

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      • #1994032 Reply
        Kirsty
        Da Boss

        Why don’t you just test your internet connection with your browser, using openspeedtest.com? (or one of the other web services?)

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        • #2001996 Reply
          cellsee6
          AskWoody Lounger

          Thank you for the information, I will try this.

      • #1994012 Reply
        anonymous
        Guest

        Does the big phone company offer an app for that? Or do you suspect the ISP, and are looking for independent verification?

        • #2001997 Reply
          cellsee6
          AskWoody Lounger

          I will have to ask the big phone company if they have an app.  Never thought about this so thanks for your suggestion.

      • #1994068 Reply
        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        Pinging a remote site doesn’t give you data about throughput, DNS response, path length etc. to do that you need to monitor traffic from your PCs to remote sites and that effectively means replacing your router with a traffic monitor and this is not a cheap option. If you had a spare PC with a couple of network ports and a spare router/switch you could rig something up with smoothwall, m0n0wall, pfSense etc.

        cheers, Paul

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      • #1994074 Reply
        mn–
        AskWoody Lounger

        I’d like to find some sort of software which could monitor my internet connection and, when it is not running properly, tell me in some way so I can take action.

        This is of course dependent on what the software should run on. Also there’s more than one way for a net connection to “run poorly” … also should this work when you’re present (meaning in the inside-LAN area), or even when you’re not?

        If all you have is the router, well, *some* of them can send reports by email, some few even by SMS. Problem with that is, if the line is down, mail isn’t going out… and a local waiting queue for mail is a lot less common than just sending.

        If you do have a constantly-on PC in the inside LAN, you can run monitoring tools on it. On Linux this is easy to do as a background task and make it for example send the reports by email, with a wait queue if the line is down. I don’t offhand know of free tools for Windows to do quite that (except by tweaking the Windows installation until it runs the Linux tools), but foreground graphical applications at least are around for free and background tools can be bought. (If you have a Mac, it can run about the same tools as Linux, but setup might be more difficult.)

        Dedicated monitoring appliances do exist too but tend to be sort of expensive.

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      • #2002040 Reply
        gpmartens1
        AskWoody Plus

        Search for “Network monitoring software”.  There are a number of reviews and lists.

        • #2002109 Reply
          gpmartens1
          AskWoody Plus

          The firewall software Glasswire Elite will monitor network traffic, for one computer, and provide you with detailed informion.  There is a free version, but it doesn’t show network traffic.  The price for 3 paid versions goes from $39 to $99.

      • #2002108 Reply
        ScotchJohn
        AskWoody Plus

        I use Fing and a Fingbox for what you describe.  It gives you some data with which to argue with your ISP if the speed is off, or the service drops.

        Dell E5570 Latitude, Intel Core i5 6440@2.60 GHz, 8.00 GB - Win 10 Pro

      • #2003694 Reply
        Michael432
        AskWoody_MVP

        Could you be more specific about the problem(s)?

        It can never hurt to power cycle the router.

        If speed is your problem, some routers have built in speed tests. Eero and Google Wifi for example. Slowness may be due to lots of traffic that you are not seeing. In fact, the traffic may originate from the router itself, if it got hacked. See what bandwidth monitoring is available in your router.

        Check what your DNS servers are here

        https://www.routersecurity.org/testdns.php

        And, check for new router firmware. If the latest firmware update was over 2 years ago, its probably time for a new router.

         

         

        Get up to speed on router security at RouterSecurity.org

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        • #2010099 Reply
          cellsee6
          AskWoody Lounger

          Router firmware update: Thank you for reminding me.  I will check with my provider.

          • #2010137 Reply

            Unless I am greatly mistaken, if you rent your modem/router/gateway from your ISP, it’s their responsibility; they “push” firmware updates to the devices in question, as far as I understand. Takes a bit of the sting out of the charge every month.

            Win7 Pro SP1 64-bit ESU, Dell Latitude E6330, Intel CORE i5 "Ivy Bridge", Group "Patch List", Multiple Air-Gapped backup drives in different locations, "Don't auto-check for updates-Full Manual Mode." Linux Mint Greenhorn
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            "A committee is the only known form of life that has at least four legs and no brain."

            -Robert Heinlein

            • #2010504 Reply
              Michael432
              AskWoody_MVP

              I don’t know what country you are in but in the US, I would not assume your ISP is doing anything in terms of bug fixes. Ask them. There may even be different rules for modems compared to gateway devices (combination modem and router).

              Get up to speed on router security at RouterSecurity.org

      • #2013142 Reply

        I don’t know what country you are in but in the US, I would not assume your ISP is doing anything in terms of bug fixes. Ask them.

        I’m in the US, it’s Spectrum, I called them, and yes, they do push firmware and software updates for modems, and router/gateway devices after:

        They have fully tested the update and certified that:

        1) It is important,

        2) It is necessary,

        3) It does not adversely impact the network or fellow customers.

        Or so they say. They MUST be better than MSFT patches…right? <sigh>

        Win7 Pro SP1 64-bit ESU, Dell Latitude E6330, Intel CORE i5 "Ivy Bridge", Group "Patch List", Multiple Air-Gapped backup drives in different locations, "Don't auto-check for updates-Full Manual Mode." Linux Mint Greenhorn
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        "A committee is the only known form of life that has at least four legs and no brain."

        -Robert Heinlein

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