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Old Aug 15, 2018, 10:14 AM   #1
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I don't want anything with too much crap I don't need, but the small utils I've tried often don't have a log file or report where it's easy to locate actual outages as opposed to 1-2 bad pings...

Also, whatever you think is important...

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Old Aug 15, 2018, 11:21 AM   #2
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Have you tried using the Windows ping utility in Command Prompt or PowerShell? You can direct the output into a text file for future viewing.

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ping -t www.google.com > a.txt
The -t switch makes ping run indefinitely. The > symbol redirects standard output. Type ping /? to see more options.

You could probably write a script around ping to add functionality, such as timestamps, but how to do so is unfortunately beyond my knowledge. This thread at Stack Overflow might be a good place to start.
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Old Aug 15, 2018, 11:52 AM   #3
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Ya I've been working with that, but I didn't know it could log. Thanks!

Still I wouldn't mind a bit more, like if it could count how many times it went dead for more than however many seconds, etc....
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Ya I've been working with that, but I didn't know it could log. Thanks!

Still I wouldn't mind a bit more, like if it could count how many times it went dead for more than however many seconds, etc....
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Quick question, what would you all consider to be an outage? How many seconds without a good ping? Also, what ping timeout would you go with? (Both of these on wifi, and all they do with this rig is web browsing and watching youtube videos...)

I was thinking 20 seconds of bad pings at 5 second timeout, but I'm no expert at all.
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I don't think the free version of PingPlotter has what it takes to do long term testing....
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Also, whatever you think is important...
I have some friends that do larger scale wifi configurations for non-profit centers. They use this Android app and say it works well (minus the ads since it's free):

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.keuwl.wifi
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Quick question, what would you all consider to be an outage? How many seconds without a good ping? Also, what ping timeout would you go with? (Both of these on wifi, and all they do with this rig is web browsing and watching youtube videos...)

I was thinking 20 seconds of bad pings at 5 second timeout, but I'm no expert at all.
That sounds reasonable to me as well, but I am also not an IT expert.
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