Program to ping multiple addresses at once?

Posted on 2006-04-07
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I'm looking for a program that will allow me to ping multiple IP's at once (and perhaps graph or make a sound when a ping timed out.)

Also any good 'basic' network tools/software that is free or cheap.

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Rob Williams earned 1000 total points
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Lots of them out there, but I use IPMonitor. Allows you to monitor multiple IP's create e-mail, visual, or audible warnings for time outs, and also keeps a basic log file:

Another popular one is Multi-ping. It has some basic graphing capabilities:
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One of the best  and my favorite -  but not free (but there is a 30 day trial) is Solar Winds Network Engineers toolset

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Must say I would vote for Solarwinds products too, excellent recommendation, offers a lot more, but big price difference.  
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try a graphic trace route, showing ping times between hops.  Its got text displays beat cold.  Network Associates used to make a great one, but they lost the market.  Once you go graphical, you cant go back.  Check the latest offerings, there are several for free/ near free, and they are so much easier to visualize.

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I own the nessoft pingplotter and it works well.  Another program like it is visual route.  I've used the solarwinds products in the past but they are priced out of my price range for casual monitoring.  Whatsup by ipswitch also seems to have priced themselves out of the casual users price range.

The best free program I've found is morten's hostalive at http://www.hostalive.net  It's what I use to monitor my home network and works very well for my purposes.

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The best general purpose tool I've found is sam spade for windows, version 1.14. http://www.samspade.org/ssw/  It lets you resolve domains, ping, traceroute, and easily do forensics on email headers.  I've also used cyberkit and netlab but now I just use ping, tracert and nslookup which are available on windows and Linux.  Angry IP scanner is a nice network discovery tool for windows.
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Thanks Matrix1000,

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This seems to work from XP, Vista, or MS Server without having to download any software. This is for those just trying to find used IP's on your network. Remember to change the address to your network address.

FOR /L %i IN (1,1,254) DO ping -a -n 1 192.168.0.%i | FIND /i "Reply">>c:\ipaddresses.txt

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