If you’re looking to monitor local or remote Internet hosts without any hassle, give EasyNetMonitor a try.
It’s a free portable application that gives you the ability to monitor computers in your local and remote networks. All you need to do is download EasyNetMonitor, unzip it and run it. It’s portable so you don’t have to install it or register for an account.
EasyNetMonitor is Windows based and you would need the Microsoft .Net 2.0 Framework installed. If you’re running Windows XP or Windows Vista, Windows 7 and 8, probability is that it’s already installed.
Windows 8 includes the 2.0, 3.5 and 4.5 versions of the .NET Framework. However, only 4.5 is available for immediate use after a clean install. To install Net 2.0 or 3.5 on Windows 8:
- Go to Control Panel –> Programs –> Get Programs
- Click Turn Windows features on or off
- Check .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0)
- Click OK.
After running the application, you’ll notice its icon in the system tray. To get started, right click on it and click ‘Add’.
Input needed address of computer (computer name in local net, or IP, or internet URL). You can put anything under ‘Name’. I’m using an external IP address to monitor a gaming server. You can choose ‘Show balloon message or play a sound notification’ if connection is lost. EasyNetMonitor also has the ability to notify you via email.
After you’ve added the server, you can check how much ping you’re getting or if it’s offline.
Under options, you can enable auto monitor where you can set up the time. Enable notifications, enable log files as well. EasyNetMonitor is very simple to use. It basically uses the ping commands to monitor an address. Its notifications feature is though very handy.