I've been doing a lot of work analyzing network performance lately, and I'm always looking for new ways to gather and help me analyze data quickly. In this Tip of the Week, I'll feature a tool I've recently come to appreciate called 'PingPlotter'.


Under the hood, PingPlotter is just tracert pretty much. But the value add for the tool is how it shows you the data. With PingPlotter you can define the number of samples you want, the frequency of the samples, and what you think are good, acceptable, and poor performance ranges. When you run your trace, PingPlotter shows the data in a graphical format and also gives you the minimum, maximum, and average values. Have a look at the graphic below, where I tested my connection to www.google.com:





Good stuff, yes? And that's just the freeware version. There are premium versions with some really nice features like the ability to define multiple targets and trace several at the same time.


Check out the freeware version here: http://www.pingplotter.com/freeware.html



By the way, I'm always on the lookout for useful tools to help troubleshoot issues or evaluate hardware and network infrastructure. If you have a favorite, by all means post it!


Best regards,


Ken Foster

Mentor Graphics Customer Support