PingPlotter Free is a graphical traceroute and ping tool.
A straightforward interface means you'll be using the program right away. Enter a target computer or domain name, optionally choose a trace interval (15 options ranging from 1 second to 60 minutes), click Start and you're off.
The application sends ICMP packets and displays a traceroute-like table of the results, including hop number, IP address, name, current and average ping time.
PingPlotter Free then repeats this process after whatever trace interval you've specified, displaying a graph of the average response time and range for each hop, along with a separate timeline which plots your round trip time for the last ten minutes.
The table and graph can be customised in various ways (figures displayed, graph colour, more), and when you're happy the image or figures may be copied to the clipboard for easy sharing.
The developer produces two commercial versions of the program with many more features, both of which can be sampled during the 30 day trial before it reverts to the free build. The Free version includes a 10 minute history graph plus a limited feature-set, such as the facility to measure latency and packet loss and trace with ICMP packets.
PingPlotter Standard ($39.99) extends your monitoring history to 48 hours, allows tracing by TCP or UDP packets as well as ICMP, offers customisable alerts to warn you of problems, and more.
PingPlotter Professional ($199.95) goes further with a 7 day history graph, multi-target tracing, VoIP metrics, a scripting engine, named configurations, load and merge for sample sets, a remote agent and web interface.
What's new in 5.10.4 (see the full changelog for more)?
Improved behavior of "Route Changed" and "IP Address In Route" alert conditions that inspect routes and an edge case where they could potentially create duplicate route entries for targets utilizing these conditions.
Improved behavior of targets that fail to start over CloudConnect due to DNS resolution failure.
Improved messaging for "Test Connection" button in CloudConnect settings page.
Improved the messaging when a target is unable to start via CloudConnect due to an error occurring on the Agent.
Minor improvements to email validation in "Email Support" window.
Resolved an issue where resetting and restarting a target with an active alert would result in a frozen interface.
Resolved a scenario where users would get an error regarding comment migration when upgrading to new versions.
Resolved a scenario where subscription users weren't able to view certain splash screen pages.
Resolved a typo in the CloudConnect session limit bar messaging.
Resolved a scenario where users could get a frozen interface when importing a target list over CloudConnect Agents and hitting their session
It's not going to change your world, but PingPlotter Free is a likeable network monitor, easy to use and with a clear and informative display.