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Did I Lose Connectivity? Need A Program That Can Help, Please.

By ccualumni
Jan 4, 2006
  1. I am hoping that there is a program that can show me when I am online and when I lose my connection.

    Nothing major, but it would be nice if it could stay in my app tray, and tell me when I lose access.

    A bonus would be if it could tell me where I lose my connection (router or modem).

    Thanks
     
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    http://www.janw.de/software/trayping/

    Set it to ping both the router and an extarnal address. If both are down, then the router has crashed. If only the external is down, then the modem connection is gone. Use IP addresses, not hostanmes.
     
  3. ccualumni

    ccualumni TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I think I have my own IP address (the program found it), but where can I get an IP address for another site?

    Thank you so much for the help.
     
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,515   +336

    depends
    if your system's directly connected to the modem, ipconfig /all
    will give you the DHCP,DNS servers and the gateway.
    dial-up connections will behave the same.

    if you have a router, then the web-browser interface should show the same info for the WAN setup.

    make life simple; ping your ISP by ip-address;
    if successful, the net is yours
    else, you've got a connectivity issued to be resolve
    (router down, connection lost)

    Frankly, I've always set my browser home page to that of the ISP,
    giving me an immediate feedback that I have connectivity or not to the ISP.
     
  5. ccualumni

    ccualumni TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the feedback. I did not know how to get the IP for Yahoo.

    Ok, I figured it out. I have to put the website in the box in Tray Ping, then add it. It will then ping that for me.

    Thanks, I get it now.
     
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