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AgataSoft PingMaster Pro is a utility for network monitoring and diagnosis.
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AgataSoft PingMaster Pro is a utility for network monitoring and diagnosis. The program is designed for monitoring the availability of hosts connected to the LAN or Internet (computers, servers, routers, switches), and alerting administrators in case of failures.

PingMaster Pro stays hidden in the background and performs automatic checks controlling the state of the network and states of all devices connected to it. The program sends ICMP queries across the network or over the Internet and measures average response time it gets. If a certain device or a web server is unavailable, the program instantly displays a warning message to a system administrator. If a device or a server doesn’t accept ICMP queries, PingMaster Pro can perform SNMP monitoring or request an HTTP header to measure response time.

Please note, that commercial usage is available for this title.

Special offer from AgataSoft for GOTD users: 66% discount for all products, coupon code: 76DCE5.

System Requirements:

Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, 7

Publisher:

AgataSoft

Homepage:

http://agatasoft.com/

File Size:

6.04 MB

Price:

$39.95

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#29

simply said, this is not for the average home pc user, its not much use to anybody except network admins and the like

Reply   |   Comment by adfgh  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

For the home user, who might not need anything more than a tool to diagnose problems connecting to a specific address, pingplotter does a good job and it's freeware. http://www.pingplotter.com/

Reply   |   Comment by marksg  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#27

Nice software. But just a casual Surfer Dude myself. I do like to know what's running on my PC. I use BitMeter2 to keep up with data up/downloads. Small onscreen widget that you move wherever you want or just keep it in the task-bar. Also can see your network's real time data n history. (Also checks Web Proxy and Web Server).
http://codebox.org.uk/pages/bitmeter2 (ALWAYS FREE)(For Linux,OS2 BitMeterOS)

http://www.wireshark.org/ OpenSource and FREE
"The World's Foremost Network Protocol Analizer"
Want to learn how to analyze networks with WireShark?
FREE Training - http://sharkfest.wireshark.org/sharkfest.11/

Reply   |   Comment by Rico  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#26

Neat little program. Many Home Networks would find this useful.

Reply   |   Comment by Andrew  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#25

Robert #3 Thank you for your input. Saying who these programs would be good for and not good for is some of the best advice 'unsure' 'not saavy' computer users like myself really look for. Many people who use GOTD shy away from downloading many very good products because 'better safe than sorry. Thanks again GOTD for this great website.

Reply   |   Comment by Kelty  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#24

It would be nice to see an option to automatically fill in the host names from dns queries. Especially when you are using the autopopulate option where you enter the host range.

Reply   |   Comment by tm  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

Here here: Why give away programs with "OK for commercial use" if you don't want us to use them in commercial venues to test them? There are two things preventing this:
1) They get released on weekends.
2) They are activated via some "thermidore" site (ok, I don't remember the exact name, but the GAoTD people know what I'm talking about) and my workplace firewall and site blockers throw up on it.

So, even though I work where these programs would be usable (and therefore testable) and have administrator rights (and VM sandboxes set up as well!) I can't install and test them. And even though network testing and hex editing programs would be used (whether useful or not is to be seen) I can't download/activate/install them on the work machine because
1) they're offered on weekends
2) the activate site is blocked and no, is not going to be unblocked
3) it has to be downloaded to and activated on the machine to be used there. No downloading and activating it at home and bringing it in.
And oddly, some of the more useful things won't actually run in a VM. So I can't
4) build a VM at home, download and install a GOaTD, and carry the virtual machine hard disk file to work and open it there.

All in all, not a win for the makers of software that needs to be tested in a work/commercial environment, is it?

Reply   |   Comment by William Brohinsky  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#22

IF you don't like today's free software then come back tomorrow. LOL> I have subscribed to the daily email so that I get a preview of the software in email and if it is not something that interest me then I don't have to come to the site.
Hey GAOTD, how about another title from Wondersoft? What happened to them. Haven't seen anything from them in a while. I have actually bought several software versions from them as a result of their giveaways.

Reply   |   Comment by Tom  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#21

Useful enough for what it does, but as usual there are existing alternatives that may be better in each area. Pingdom.com provides a nice free service for monitoring internet servers, and it supports http/https/ftp, nice charts, email alerts etc.. Ping Plotter is another useful utility to show the entire path to the server and where the delays between nodes are. This one would be better for local networks if it had a map display.

Reply   |   Comment by DVMarsh  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

spoted a bug or 2... it is monitoring and alerting on its perceived latency problem when new host are added even though the program defaults to NOT monitering or alerting on latency according to the latency monitoring settings of each host...

Also it cryptically reports "Some problems" but does not report what problems exactly? how is a net admin supposed to diagnose or fix such cryptic problems that may or may not really exist!

It has extremely limited graphing capabilities, I would require multiple user definable host latencies on a single graph with each having its oown vertical scale multiplier to allow LAN latencies to be shown at same time as WAN and VPN over WAN latencies each with a user definable plot colours.

I also need to be able to customise the port it uses for Syslog server and when interogating SNMP servers on remote devices that are running SNMP on custom ports to avoid script kiddies using them for nefarious purposes.

Just deos not seem very polished for a commercial product, I have free tools that are more refined and mature products.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#19

First off all, this software is dangerous for home users because it exposes your IP for everyone to see in real mode.
Second, it does a back door connections and communications without your ability to see of what is going on and what info is going out or coming in.
Third, any software that communicate with home base or the developer and sends info to it makes you a sitting duck for future hacks or back door Trojans.
Uninstalled and cleaned all of the traces in the registry.

Reply   |   Comment by Hlen3  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)
#18

The software is OK if itmwas much cheaper.
some optioms which wold be nice is to check for 404 errors for websites or 502 errors.

Many applications also run on different ports to 80 like Tomcat 8080 or Oracle or other services.

a feature suggestion would be to be able to interrogate those services by port and get email notices if they are down.
yes you can already do it server side, but that meana yu will need admin access, so this could be to check services you use, rather than services you administer.

Reply   |   Comment by TechProMag  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#17

Having used other platforms, like Nagios, this seems very much a first attempt to solve a problem that's been solved well before. It does not support a range of ports and protocols, and does not provide response comparisons (I got this response last time, a different response this time, which is helpful for dynamic web sites, which may be running, but have lost a database or something). As noted, the English is very poor, which makes it harder to navigate than it should be.

Reply   |   Comment by gb  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#16

Giovanni, you are amazing. Your reviews are always great. As of late, I come here just to read your posts. I believe people providing the various programs benefit from them also.
Grazie,
Mark

Reply   |   Comment by mark  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#15

For those wanting a more complete picture of their network and devices, take a look at www.spiceworks.com - and of course it also monitors whether a server is up or down. Community driven, and free, of course!

Reply   |   Comment by SW Guy  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#14

Also installed and then uninstalled. My need for for something that will manage a small home network that is made up of IP addressable devices (PCs, NAS, etc) and a number of Mac level devices which are important but pretty basic (switches, Powerline). This software doesnt seem to have any Mac level support features. It would be nice it had a network map feature as well, but maybe that is asking too much.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#13

#1 If you connect to the internet thru a router, you DO have a network. Try monitoring it! Addr is usually 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.100.1.

#2 just 'un-enable' monitoring of the 'random' sites and try the mute button and also change frequency of alerts. The default is 3 secs!!

Very useful and easy to use tool.

Thx GAOTD and Agatasoft!

Reply   |   Comment by ebax  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#12

Nr 6, I agree. Funny how a "hex" editor gets more thumbs up then down (as if the majority goes around editing files in hex or screwing up thier MBR LOL. So, one day, we have a bunch of hackers, the next, people who don't a clue or need to "peak" under the hood of thier network.

GOTO/Developers. Thanks for this program. Useful tool to try in ones tool back of computer/network utilities. As a network administrator and one who has no less then 22 networked devices at any given time at home, I'll give this app a shot. Currently, I use netstumbler and a few others to "poke" around my network to see if I have any zombie activity from idle devices, etc.. Thanks again

Reply   |   Comment by tc1uscg  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)
#11

Installed and registered without problems on Win 7 64-bit.

Uninstalled just as fast. Chris Locke is right, in a professional setting pinging a server is pretty much useless if your security is up to current standards. And personal use would mainly focus on the local network, but the lack of a 'Scan Local Network' feature is gonna put the less computer-savvy users off as well.

So to me it fails both ways. Too simplistic of a approach to be really usefull to professionals and not user-friendly enough in many ways for the average home user. The idea is good, but the implementation needs lots of work.

Ton hits the nail square on the head. There is a plethora of Open Source tools far superior to PingMaster Pro. Imho 40 bucks is highly overpriced when looking at the features, or lack thereof.

Thanks anyway agatasoft and GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by dany  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)
#10

Excellent software for network administrators, webmasters and geeks to monitor their network connections, servers and routers, so as to notify you in real time whenever a certain host is down.

Home users can use it to monitor the performance of their network devices: so it can definitely be a nice addition to their arsenal along with yesterday's giveaway, as long as they know what a home network is, of course.


BEST FREE (and always UPDATABLE) ALTERNATIVES

http://www.zabbix.com/features.php
https://www.itefix.no/i2/nagwin

http://www.paessler.com/server_monitoring_tool
http://www.formasaauditor.com/product/index.php
http://www.manageengine.com/free-windows-health-monitor/free-windows-health-monitor-index.html
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29267
http://www.bttsoftware.co.uk/snmptrap.html
http://www.softperfect.com/products/networkscanner/
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Network-Tools/Network-IP-Scanner/Very-Simple-Network-Scanner.shtml

http://mmonit.com/monit/ (==> Linux platform only)
http://www.nagios.org/about/overview/ (==> Linux platform only)

And if you want to know whether a certain website is down for everybody or just for your own PC, just use this nice FREE online service:

http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/


Enjoy & have fun!

Ciao
Giovanni

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+75)
#9

Win7: I entered 2 times (after trying out a bit) into an access violation screen which was repeating itself, so only restart could help.
If this problem is solved, it could be a good program

Reply   |   Comment by Alex De Smedt  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)
#8

It looks like it can do many thing, but probaly make sence to use in larger areas that have lots of compters, servers, rooters, switched. I know what HTTP is but not sure RCMP or SMNP. Thank for this, I could maybe use.

Reply   |   Comment by Stortch  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-32)
#7

IT networking tools is a matter of trust. Most if not all Administrators rely on open technology in this matter.

Sourceforge.net is jam-packed with network tools, in fact so jam-packed even Giovanni would give up to list all of them here. Literally thousands of free and open source network tools - all for free without having to spend a single penny.

The network security biz is in community hands, for several reasons. The most crucial argument against closed source is the maintenance cycle how often such software is updated. As there are hundreds of people in the Open Source community working together on one software, it makes it more reliable, stable and more secure than proprietary software.

just to keep this in mind before spending 40 bucks on this

Reply   |   Comment by Ton  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+32)
#6

I presume the down votes are more to do with the software being unsuitable for the users' purpose, rather than being generally unusable.

Todays offering is only useful for network and system administrators who need to know whether their machines are up and available. If you have remote email or web servers, being alerted to the fact a server has gone down before your users start to ring up can be a bonus.

The software sends a 'ping' (or echo) which is a small message to another server. Once received, this server sends a reply back. This confirms the recipient server is 'alive' and working well. Anyone can try this from a command prompt by typing 'ping google.com' - you'll get four replies back. This also details how quickly traffic can get from one server to another. If a network is really busy (like a busy highway) your ping requests will take a long time to get back to you.

However, there is a serious flaw with this software. A lot of servers either don't reply to ping requests for security reasons, or web and email services are independent of ping requests. What this means is that an email server listens specifically for emails. A separate program (usually the network card itself) listens out for ping requests. The email server part may crash and become unresponsive, but the ping side of things will work perfectly. You'll be sending ping requests and getting a quick answer, but the email part will be 'dead' and no-one will be able to send emails.

So, in conclusion, this software will be unsuitable for most people apart from network administrators, and even then, it doesn't give you enough of the picture to be useful.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris Locke  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+57)
#5

50 minutes in, no (visible) comments and 67 votes.
The description doesn't mention a capacity to ping ports other than the usual HTTP/HTTPS ones, but I'm hoping for it nonetheless. Time to try it out.

Reply   |   Comment by Browser  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-53)
#4

As you state that "Please note, that commercial usage is available for this title"; is this the reason why this, and other "network" analysis products, are always given away at weekends, when those who work as network administrators are less likely to be at work?
I would not expect this product to be of much use to home users!

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Holgate  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-19)
#3

Let's start with the bad.

Problems with this giveaway:

- You have to extract all files to a folder to get the "activate.gcd" out of the folder or the activate.exe will not run.
- The grammar in this program is bad. Examples: ("2 hosts is OK" "Start when system run" "Play sound when host is no more down")
- "Show Alert Window" does not work. Nor does the test button.
- Help>Reference doesn't open help files, instead opens company homepage
- Status texts at the bottom of the program window do not dynamically resize so if text is too large it will be cut off (Screenshot)

Problems aside I like this program. This program is NOT for everyone and many people will NOT have a use for it. This program would be for networking professionals or people that want to constantly see whether or not a particular site (or their own site) is up. This program does have a few other features but mostly is for checking routes and whether or not a connection can be made.

- Robert
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Intel Core2 Duo T8100 @ 2.1GHz
8GB DDR2 Patriot Memory

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+61)
#2

After installing and running the program it starts monitoring some (to me) random sites and making annoying sounds.
The software would benefit of having some kind of setup wizard for a user to choose what the program should monitor.

Reply   |   Comment by takiainen  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#1

Ok this is my comment. PERSONAL COMMENT. So this program actually good if you are monitoring some kind of server as it is stated in their description. But i don't own or host or monitor ETC.!!! A Server and it has no very effective benifit for me so i would say thank you GOTD for this software ill bypass this and ill wait for other program that maybe usefull for everyone.


Thank you. (UsherDarkPro)

Reply   |   Comment by UsherDarkPro  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-117)
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