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Latest version is 3.0.0.24 (05-Mar-2022). Please update to this version. Why?

Tutorial PingTool 3.0

PingTool is the small, powerful tool for administrators and network admins. Besides adhoc ping monitoring, it also offers the possibility to check TCP ports and to wake up computers via Wake-on-Lan (Magic Packet).

Content

► What's new in version 3.0.0.24
► Ping
► Object discovery
► Snapshots
► Wake-on-Lan
► TCP port check

► Keyboard shortcuts
► Backup / Restore
► Transfer to another PC

 

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What's new in version 3.0.0.24 (latest version)?

Improved performance

PingTool had the problem in version 2 that with many objects to be pinged (e.g. 200 objects) the CPU load increased strongly. This has been extremely improved.

► Better GUI

Up to version 2, the GUI often had "hangs" in usability, especially with objects that could not be resolved via DNS. This has been fixed.

► Saveable configurations

Configurations can now be saved and loaded at will.

Improved filtering options

The filtering of objects has been greatly improved. Among other things, it is now possible to filter for "responding" or "non-responding" objects with one click.

► "Important TCP ports" can be saved

The important TCP ports can now be adjusted by the user, because every admin considers other TCP ports "important". Simply right click on an object --> PortCheck on objects --> Change.

► Shutdown computers

In addition to "waking up the computer" via Wake-On-Lan, Windows computers can now also be shut down. Appropriate permissions are required.

► Pathping and "PortCheck - important Ports"

In the context menu (right mouse button) there are now additional items "Pathping" and "PortCheck - important ports" for even faster usability.

 

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What was new in version 2.0.0.14?

Portable tool

PingTool is no longer offered as MSI package for download, but as ZIP file. So just unzip and copy it to a directory - for example C:\Program Files (x86)\PingTool - and get started.

► Better filtering option

In the "Filter" field at the top right, you can now filter for multiple objects, separated by a '|' sign.

► Mousewheel

The display size can now be changed via Ctrl + mouse wheel.

TCP port check via command line

The TCP port check can now (alternatively) be called directly as an interactive command line tool. The comfortable option via right mouse button is also available.

► New files path

The user's PingTool files are now located under %localappdata%\PingTool instead of %localappdata%\Temp\PingTool because the Temp directory is regularly deleted in some companies.

 


Ping

PingTool displays the availability status of network objects in real time by pinging them periodically. The default ping of the operating system is used for this purpose.

Add new objects

Adding new objects is done via the + sign in the upper left corner.

Add objects from another software

Each object in PingTool corresponds to a file in the %localappdata%\PingTool directory ("Everything is a file"). This gives you the possibility to add objects also from another software or by script. 

Transfer objects from PingTool to PingTool

To transfer objects from one PingTool instance - for example from an RDP session - to another, proceed as follows: Create a snapshot with the "arrow down" icon, copy the complete text content to the clipboard with Ctrl-A and Ctrl-C and paste it in the other PingTool instance with Ctrl-V.

 


Object discovery

Discovering objects is done via the + sign --> Scan area. A maximum of 255 objects can be discovered at once. When discovering, it is also possible to determine the host names.

Determine Mac addresses and manufacturers

Click the grid icon at the top left to discover the Mac addresses and vendor names of the existing objects. Note that Mac address discovery works only in your own subnet. The Mac addresses from other subnets are not visible due to the network.

 


Snapshots

PingTool offers you the possibility to create one-time or recurring snapshots of the reachability states (responding / not responding) of your objects. A snapshot consists of a text file that contains readable information. To create snapshots on a regular basis, activate the checkbox in the upper right corner and specify the time interval in seconds.

 


Wake-on-Lan

PingTool can wake up computers in the network via Wake-On-Lan. For this purpose, the Magic Packet is sent. Network cards that listen to it are then able to start the computer.The Mac address is used for addressing. This means that computers can only be woken up with PingTool if the Mac address is available. In the own subnet the Mac addresses can be determined automatically (see "Discovern objects").

To wake up a computer, simply right-click on the object and select "Wake up object(s) (Wake-On-Lan)". The computer to be woken up must be prepared for Wake-On-Lan. Learn how to safely get a Wake-On-Lan enabled network in 8 steps in the Wake On Lan Windows 10 tutorial.

Wake-on-Lan to other subnets

The network must be specially configured to wake up computers in other subnets. The routers must allow Wake-On-Lan packets to pass through. Important: The broadcast address of the target network is needed, which can be calculated from the IP address in combination with the subnet mask. PingTool takes care of this for you - you just have to set the correct subnet mask during wake-up.



TCP port check

The command line tool PortCheck.exe is integrated in PingTool, so you can comfortably check every object in PingTool if one or more TCP ports are responding. Learn here how to check a TCP port directly with the PortCheck tool.

To check a TCP port of a network object, right-click on the object and select "PortCheck on object(s)". Alternatively, you can also click on the "TCP" sign in the upper left corner to start PortCheck as an interactive command line tool.

 


Keyboard shortcuts

For quick work the following keyboard shortcuts can be used in PingTool:

Ctrl-+

add objects

Del

delete selected objects

Ctrl-O

open configuration

Ctrl-S

save configuration

Ctrl-F

filter

Ctrl-R

show only red objects

Ctrl-G

show only green objects

Ctrl-Q

show all objects

Ctrl-8

decrease font size

Ctrl-9

increase font size

Ctrl-0

font size 100%

 


Backup / Restore

To back up your PingTool configurations and settings, proceed as follows: Copy the complete directory %localappdata%\PingTool (with subdirectories) to the desired backup location. To restore, copy the complete directory back to %localappdata%. The next PingTool release will have a built-in backup/restore function.


Transfer to another PC

To move to another PC, simply make a backup and then restore to the new PC (see above).



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