I have some computers I connect to via my VPN, and I currently use EMCO Ping Monitor to alert me when the VPN connection is down. If you added a few features to the NetWorx Connection Monitor I could get rid of the Ping Monitor software. I can add my remote computers to the Connection Monitor using their IP Address or Host Name. Here's what else I'd need in order to just use Connection Monitor:
- Ability to configure a Windows Tray Notification for when a Host goes offline (eg, Host Name COMPUTER_XYZ is offline) and comes back online.
- Ability to configure NetWorx changing it's tray icon (or perhaps just change the tray icon color) when any Host Names are offline (and then automatically revert to normal when all Hosts are back online). If we just changed the color of the icon (or the background color of the graph when using the tray graph, which is what I'd be doing since I use the graph) I'd recommend Yellow for when some Hosts are offline, Red for when all are offline, and then maybe briefly Green for when all Hosts come back online. Probably good to just let the user configure each color using a color picker.
- Enhance the Connection Monitor Log to include which Host was online/offline.
- Ability to configure a Email Alert for when a Host goes offline and comes back online. Of course, if one of the Host Names is for something like Google and my Internet connection goes down I won't receive that email alert. This is understandable and acceptable (and unavoidable!). I would be using NetWorx on a computer at the other end of the VPN and so that installation would be the one that could email me that it lost connection to the VPN computers on this end.
I don't really need any fancy graphing -- I just need to know when the connection is down (and then comes back up). Ideally I'd love to have all 4 features listed above, but I could probably get by for a while with just the first 2.
Thanks for considering my request!