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We have several remote locations around the country and a number of them rely heavily on services we offer at the main campus in Chicago.  Do any of you use a tool that can be run at the remote site to test latency, whether a service is up and can be logged into?


We have used AlertSite a little, but you usually have to pick a location that is closest to your remote site and that always doesn’t represent local or even regional issues in some cases.  We have familiarity with Orion, Cacti, and Zabbix as monitoring platforms locally in Chicago.




Paul Walker

Division Manager, Computer & Network Support | Information Systems

Moody Bible Institute

820 N. LaSalle Blvd., Chicago, IL  60610


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SmokePing does this.


Bruce Boardman - Syracuse University Network Engineer - 315 889-1667 -----------------------------------


Just a thought, but AlertSite also has their InSite appliance - essentially a server you place on your main campus and configure to do the same service tests as AlertSite, so the traffic is more or less following the same path to your remote locations.  We use InSite pretty extensively for monitoring service availability and latency within the campus.  It integrates with the AlertSite subscription so you have just one dashboard to work with.

- Eric
Eric Brewer  --  Director of Systems & Network Operations
Information Technology Services, Stoddard Hall
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

SmokePing +1.  It's great for what you want to do.


Jeremy L. Gibbs
Systems Administrator / Network Engineer
Utica College IITS

T: (315) 223-2383
F: (315) 792-3814

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I'm not involved with it personally, but we use for application monitoring.
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Nagios to monitor services:
Smoke Ping to monitor latency:

Thanks all for the replies.  I had forgotten about SmokePing, so will dig into that a little bit more.


Paul Walker

Division Manager, Computer & Network Support | Information Systems



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Nagios to monitor services:

Smoke Ping to monitor latency:




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