Getting Notified of a Problem
The alerts in MultiPing can monitor the conditions of an IP address, and then perform an action of your choosing when those conditions are met, or exceed a specified range. Alerts can be broken down into two parts: conditions (the specified parameters you set that dictate the acceptable/unacceptable ranges for a target), and events (what you want MultiPing to do when a target does/doesn't meet your set conditions).
You can set MultiPing to alert you on a variety of different conditions, such as:
- Packet loss over a specified threshold
- Latency over a specified threshold
- A site not responding
- An IP address change (Dynamic DNS)
MultiPing can alert you in multiple ways when conditions are met (or not met), such as:
- Send an email
- Play a sound
- Log to a text file
- Change the tray icon and/or show a message
- Launch an executable of your choosing
The great thing about MultiPing's alert system is that you can combine any of the above five types of alert events, all within the same alert tied to an IP address, each with their own trigger mechanisms:
- Each time alert conditions are met (repeating)
- When alert conditions start (enters alert state)
- When alert conditions end (leaves alert state)
- Each time alert conditions are *not* met
The alert system in MultiPing is based on a "many to many" type of relationship between targets and alerts. This means is that you can setup one alert, and then use it on many different targets. Conversely, you can have one target that has many alerts tied to it. Taking that a step further, as mentioned above, each one of those alerts can have any or all of the five alert events configured within it.
On the next page, we'll go over the steps to setup a simple tray icon alert to get familiar with the alert interface. If you're new to alerts - we recommend starting here. Once we have the basics of alert configuration down, we'll build on that, and go over how to setup the most popular alert type - sending an email.