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ping / tracert testing - pingplotter

Is pingplotter the best at what it does or are there other utilities that are really good.  The pro version of pingplotter is $150. -gsgi
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carl_legereCommented:
whats up gold (it's old, it works)
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NYtechGuyCommented:


gsgi-

I would recommend these two products, pingplotter looks really basic and TOO expensive for what it does:

- Visual Route ($50 - $350, depending on edition)- http://www.visualroute.com/index.html

- NetRanger ($26.00) - http://www.conceiva.com/products/netranger/default.asp

If you really want to spend some $$ for quality products (and a LOT of them), check out SolarWinds: http://solarwinds.net/Index.htm

 
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gsgiAuthor Commented:
I am trying to determine why a citrix session is timing out from my accountants office to my server.  It could be:
their workstatio, their network, their router, their isp, my isp, my router, my network, my server, or a metaphysical force

I guess ping plotter pro sets up a ping session to and from the server in question... do these tools do this type of thing?

thanks,
gsgi
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NYtechGuyCommented:

solarwinds does EVERYTHING - engineer's edition is $999

Netranger has the ability to do this, yes.  But it does other things also.

For your situation, I would suggest using broadbandreports.com: http://www.dslreports.com/tools
- they have many online tools that will do continuous monitoring for you

thanks
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
gsgi , pingplotter is good for what you want to do, but I prefer IPMonitor. It is only $40 and has a free 30 trial period. Great tool for locating where the break is occurring. I usually set it up to monitor/ping various devices remote and local and see which device drops the connection. It can be set up to ping each device as often as once per minute, and advise you by e-mail, audible warning, and/or visual warning if a connection is dropped. It also creates a log file which is often invaluable.
http://ipmonitor.tsarfin.com/download.html
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ded9Commented:
The no1 in the market is http://www.gfi.com/

Check out

Reps
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gsgiAuthor Commented:
RobWill: Where is the setting for the log file?

Reps: the gfi stuff looks very good.

NYtechGuy: solarwinds is a bit pricey for me.  Netranger looks good.  thanks.

carl_legere: they have really made the new version of what's up gold expensive as hell, but you're right, it is good and used at a client of mine.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
>>"RobWill: Where is the setting for the log file?"
Click on the "Events" tab on the main display, then on the right click "Options", and then in the window that opens choose the "Logging" tab. You need to enable logging, point to where you would like to save the file(or leave the default), and choose whether you would like to save it in HTML, or text format.
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gsgiAuthor Commented:
RobWill: Got it thanks.  Now some of these tools measure degrading latency, but I don't see that here. -gsgi
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gsgiAuthor Commented:
And, when people say, "citrix" is latency sensitive, what does that mean exactly?  Why are some "services" more latency sensitive than others.  I would think that if the tcp communication is up, so is the service and once it times out, so does the service.  So how do different services running over tcp grow a "latency" personality?  thanks -gsgi
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
IP monitor will not measure or report latency, it really just reports if the packet was received by the pinged device or not.

My understanding of latency is pretty limited, but........data is broken up into packets to be transmitted. TCP is not a real time protocol, and therefore the packets do not necessarily arrive in order, and if one is lost it will be re-transmitted, but may arrive much later. Some applications are more sensitive to this latency/delays in reconstructing the original data, and it may cause the application to lock up or not function as it should.

Out of curiosity what are the response times you are getting from the remote site?

If you would like some more detailed reading on TCP/IP latency:
http://www.29west.com/docs/THPM/tcp-latency.html
http://www.potaroo.net/ispcolumn/2000-09-latency.html
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publicCommented:
Pingplotter is one of the easiest to use.
Has an indefinite trial period if you wish. There is also a free version.
Definitelly recommended.
For best results use multiple tools.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Thanks gsgi,
--Rob
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