Broadband Monitor

The Broadband Monitor lets you quickly tell if your broadband connection is working. By running regular checks you can tell if your connection is up and if your connection speed is normal. It can run in the background from the system tray to monitor your connection.

Broadband Monitor screen

Features

•        Checks broadband connection by pinging remote Internet sites.

•        Shows the relative connection speed with a 4 level grading scheme.

•        Small, light application runs in the task bar.

•        Can write results to log file

•        Can also be used to monitor LAN/WAN connectivity or to monitor a specific computer or web site.

 

The main monitor screen is divided into 6 sections:

Indicator

Sites

Loop

Results

Grade

Control


 

Main Indicator

 

Shows the results of the last test (green=pass, yellow=failed last test, red=failed repeatedly), the number of times each test result has happened and the time of the last test result at level.

The box at right shows that the test has passed 15 times and the last passed test was at 11:08 AM. Note that a response from the site within the timeout period is considered a pass, regardless of the grade.

     


     
Sites Section

Web sites or computers used to verify connectivity.    

 

      Main/Alt

Primary and secondary sites used fro testing. This can be web sites, computers on a LAN or an IP address.

     Name

Name of the web site or computer. This is the name that will be resolved to an IP address and used for testing

      IP Address

This is the IP address resolved from the name.

      Test

Press test button to check the connectivity.


Loop  Section

Tells how often to check the connection. The test uses Ping to test the connection and measure the connection speed.

 

Start/Stop

Starts/Stops the test  loop.

Loop Counter

Counts how many times the test has been completed.

Loop time

Time, in minutes, between each test.

Time to Live:

Maximum number of hops allowed to destination. The default TTL value is 64 hops. We recommend changing this to 128 if you have difficulty reaching certain sites.

Time-to-live (TTL) is a value in an Internet Protocol (IP) packet that tells a network router whether or not the packet has been in the network too long and should be discarded. For a number of reasons, packets may not get delivered to their destination in a reasonable length of time. For example, a combination of incorrect routing tables could cause a packet to loop endlessly. A solution is to discard the packet after a certain time and send a message to the originator, who can decide whether to resend the packet. The original idea of TTL was that it would specify a certain time span in seconds that, when exhausted, would cause the packet to be discarded. Since each router is required to subtract at least one count from the TTL field, the count is usually used to mean the number of router hops the packet is allowed before it must be discarded. Each router that receives a packet subtracts one from the count in the TTL field. When the count reaches zero, the router detecting it discards the packet and sends an Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) message back to the originating host.

 

Time Out

Maximum time to wait for a reply from the site, in milliseconds.


 

Test Results Section

Shows the results of the communications tests.
Results are color coded by grade.


Status at

       Shows OK if passes test, otherwise shows error.


Trip Time

       Shows the round trip time (in milliseconds) of a successful ping.

   


 

Grade Section

 

The grade section allows you to color code the results of the successful test. The speed of the response can be compared against 4 different levels, each identified with a shade of green. Remember that lower numbers indicate a faster connection. The default value of level A, 75 ms, means that a site responding in 75 ms or less will be considered the fastest.

 

 

 


 

Control Section

 

Control how the monitor will function
 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Controls, Lite Version


Controls, Full Version

Startup Automatically

Check this if you want Broadband monitor to start up every time you log in to Windows. The monitor will be added to the system tray and will start automatically.

 

Alarm when down

Beeps whenever a test fails. Useful in drawing attention to a bad connection or a downed site.

 

Run Speed Test (full version)

Checks that the round trip time is within a set time. Uses level D as a cutoff value when evaluating results. Includes a threshold value to re-try test a set number of times before throwing error.


The Speed Test Uses the Level D Setting as the Speed Limit

 

You can change the maximum allowable round trip time in the Level D box and set the number of allowable failures before alarming in the box next to the check box.

 

Log Results to File

Check this if you want Broadband monitor to log results to a text file, bblogfile.txt . A log entry is created whenever there is a change in connection status.

View - displays the log file using notepad.

 

Log Test Details (full version)

Check this if you want Broadband monitor to log the results of each test into a file, bbdetail.csv, A log entry is created whenever there is a change in connection status.

View - displays the log file using notepad. The file can also be opened and viewed by a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel.

 

Location of log files: On early versions of Windows (thru XP) the log files can be found in the same directory as broadband monitor.
On later version of Windows it will be found in the common data directory (i.e. C:\ProgramData\BroadbandMon\) You can view the header in the Log Results file to see the location of the file on your computer.

 

Log File Format

Result Log, file name: bblogfle.txt
The result log shows every time the state of the connection changes (i.e. Start, Failed, Connect)

 File Format:
  Header: Beagle Software Broadband Monitor log file:  <complete path of log file>
  Body: <mm-dd-yy hh:nn:ss> , <status change message>

 

Example:

Beagle Software Broadband Monitor log file: C:\ProgramData\BroadbandMon\bblogfle.txt
03-04-15 10:42:15 monitor starting...
03-04-15 11:46:55 connection to www.beaglesoft.com slowed
03-04-15 12:51:48 connection to www.beaglesoft.com slowed

 

Detail Log, file name bbdetail.csv
The detail log saves the result of each test run.  It includes the time test was run, the IP address of the site contacted, the round trip time of the test (if completed), the  state and the result.

 File Format:
  Header: Date/Time  ,  URL  ,  Time  ,  State  ,  Result
  Body: <mm-dd-yy hh:nn:ss>  ,  <IP Addr>  , <Trip Time ms>  ,  <Current State>  ,  <Result>

 

Example:

Date/Time,URL,Time,State,Result
03-04-15 11:53:54,65.19.191.231,40,OK,OK
03-04-15 11:54:50,65.19.191.231,58,OK,OK
03-04-15 11:56:56,65.19.191.231,76,OK,Slow 1
03-04-15 11:57:52,65.19.191.231,78,OK,Slow 2
03-04-15 11:58:48,65.19.191.231,78,OK,Slow 3
03-04-15 11:59:44,65.19.191.231,77,OK,Slow 4
03-04-15 12:00:40,65.19.191.231,77,OK,Slow 5
03-04-15 12:01:36,65.19.191.231,75,Warning,Slowed

 

The format of the file is comma delimited and can be opened directly by a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel.

 


Buttons
 

Contains the control buttons .

    Test

Runs a test with the current settings.

     Options

Exposes the test options

      Help        

For help.

      Exit                

Exit program (or returns to system tray).

 

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Last reviewed March 5, 2015