As a GUI fetishist, I sometimes think the command prompt's only right to exist is the ping command. It is not that there are no GUI tools for ping. I already reviewed two in the past (eToolz, FREEping). But somehow after working with such a tool for a while, I come back to the command prompt. Perhaps it is not that easy to change a decade-old habit. From a rational point of view, it certainly makes sense to use a GUI-based ping tool.

WinPing

For one thing, you don't have to remember the ping syntax if you need a special parameter. For instance, if you want ping a host until you stop the command (parameter -t), you can just click on the corresponding option. Moreover, the output looks nicer and most important you don't have to type "ping". Considering how often you will have to type these four letters in your IT career without a GUI tool, this could mount up to a whole novel which you could have typed instead. 😉

WinPing has a few other nice features: Multiple-hosts ping, export ping results, real-time graphical chart, average response time, and country codes. The Help Desk Geek has a more detailed review of WinPing.

WinPing ^

4 Comments
  1. Scott Elsdon 13 years ago

    Have you tried Ping Plotter ? the free version is adequate for most tasks http://www.pingplotter.com/

  2. d 13 years ago

    You can’t beat Nirsoft apps. One I use often is PingInfoView.

    http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/multiple_ping_tool.html

    While certainly not as pretty as this, it is equally as functional.

    My favorite feature is that it takes its input from the clipboard. When you launch the program it immediately asks for a list of hosts to start pinging.

  3. Michael Pietroforte 13 years ago

    Thanks a lot for the tips. I will have a look at both tools.

  4. Igor Vinnykov 13 years ago

    I can recommend all admins to take a look at recently released Ping Monitor Free: http://www.emco.is/products/ping-monitor/features.php.

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