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SMTPing Features

Even when SMTPing stands for "Simple Multi-Target Ping", it does a bit more than just pinging network nodes. And, well, it's not as simple as we claim on its name. No. SMTPing has changed a lot since its conception by October 2012. A lot of functionality has been added, and proof of all can be found on the changelog.
Here's the whole burrito for your delight:

Your network devices grouped and all together

SMTPing was designed with one target in mind: to have everything at the glimpse of an eye. For that reason, SMTPing Themes are made as a fluid document where groups of items are shown. Every item is a node in your network, and you can see if it is up or down in real time!

The SMTPing Dashboard with the Basic Theme
The context menu for groups
The group editor

It works on the foreground as it works in the background

Activity Monitor configuration
On Windows, SMTPing is set to have a robot doing the scheduled ping job on all the nodes every minute. In Linux, the robot is launched by a cron job. That's how you can see the statistics in real time.

If you don't want to continuously monitor all the nodes in your SMTPing setup but do it only when you have the Dashboard open, it is possible with SMTPing! You just enter the configuration editor and set it this way. That's all.

Multi-platform, stand-alone or shared with no fuzz

SMTPing primary distro is designed for Windows, and it comes with all the services needed to run it either as a stand-alone app or a shared monitor. But due to its nature, it can be mounted on a dedicated Linux box or even a Virtual machine!

You command it, you share it over your LAN

So you have a small NOC with a nice 42" flat panel attached to the wall? that's ok. SMTPing can be installed on the machine attached to the panel and run from there on the foreground or in the background. And if your boss wants to keep an eye on your monitor, just give him the IP of SMTPing's host and he'll be able to enter as a "listener client" with his/her web browser.

Control SMTPing's services from your system tray

Thanks to Aestan Tray Menu, Windows distributions of SMTPing can be controlled from the system tray. From there, you can stop/start the monitor scheduler, the dashboard service (Apache) or the database service (in case of MySQL distros), among other things. Just take a look at the full tray menu shot at the right to find all the options available for SMTPing.

Need to change a route in your SMTPing host?

Editing a route to a group
Let's say you have a WAN configuration with branch offices connected to your headquarters using VPNs. Let's say that you have two different data lines on each branch office for redundancy, but each one has a different way of getting to your network, and in the case of an emergency, you have to manually switch the remote router, leaving the office in a one-way comm scheme, where they can reach you but you can't reach them unless you get your hands dirty with your routing equipment just to be able to ping your remote nodes.

Well, with SMTPing on Windows you don't need to mess up with your router. Just edit the route in the SMTPing host and that's all! you'll still reach the remote nodes. And well, when you get back to your standard comm scheme, just delete the route and you will be all set.

Get statistics by node and by group

Every node in your Dashboard is a link to a dialog showing statistics for certain time ranges. But the info goes further when shown in full screen!
Groups also show you a comparative chart where you can see the line quality for the last 24 hours or even a full report for the current month!

The fast chart of line quality for a given node
The stats info dialog of the node
In the full stats info page, you can see the graphical representation of the line quality

The fast chart of a given group
Full monthly report of a group

Print reports by node type

Report menu options
So you need to deliver reports on your network line quality? No big deal. SMTPing comes with a monthly report by node type where you can filter out the relevant types of devices in a long, printer-ready HTML report.

For all reports you can select to display charts+tables, only charts, only tables or even all data as a CSV file to be formatted in Excel or the spreadsheet of your preference.

What's better: all reports are cached in a database table, so if you re-launch one after changing a displaying option, it will take less to be rendered.

Configure it to suit your needs

There are several options you can configure in SMTPing to reflect almost exactly what you have in mind for it.

License settings
Application settings
Dashboard settings

Stats settings
Colors & descriptions settings
Message settings

choose among several user interface schemes

UI Schemes selector
We think that Network Monitoring doesn't has to be a flat, static, ugly-looking spread of blinking thingys on your display. Specially when you share your monitoring system with other people at some point of your network. Thanks to jQuery UI and the full SMTPing Themes coding, you can select from several User Interface schemes. Each scheme comes with a set of colors and styles that will be the candy your eyes need.

Just enter the Configuration editor, go to the Dashboard tab and click on any UI Scheme thumbnail to have a dynamic preview of it.

Download more themes

We're working on more themes for SMTPing. We'll upload them to our Themes Gallery as soon as possible.

Monitor services by TCP port

If you're one of those net admins that want to monitor services within their LANs, you can "ping" your hosts by TCP port!


When you define your groups, you'll be able to add node/port pairs so you can check when some service daemon (i.e. HTTP, FTP, SMTP, SSH, etc.) stops responding.

Extensions for making monitoring even easier

SMTPing WASP distro supports extensions. The PhpDock distro can't handle them. Three are included for free:
  • Item Filterer: This extension allows you to hide all non-problematic nodes on the dashboard and leave only those that are "alerted". So, if your whole network is healthy, you'll see a beautifully blank dashboard :)
  • Sound alerter: Now you can be alerted by an annoying sound when any of your nodes become unreacheable.
  • NEW! Mail alerter: Receive emails when a group of nodes gets a warning state. Easy to configure, and supports SSL/TLS.
    Note: this extension must be downloaded and installed separately.
And with the purchase of your license, two more can be downloaded from the downloads page and installed:

Per-node per-object SNMP monitoring
Now you can monitor specific SNMP objects instead of just pinging nodes! You can check your node's CPU, disk, I/O, you name it!
Item anchoring
Since SNMP is node-based, you may need to setup several nodes across disctinct groups for all your monitoring needs. This module is the perfect companion to keep only crucial information on the dashboard and show the relevant nodes when needed.

Please check the Tips & tricks section in our forum for full documentation on how these modules work.

have a small network? use it for free!

Yes! you can use SMTPing for free! Just download, install and start enjoying. No time limit is set to the free package! You'll just be limited to certain functions as shown below:
Feature Free Retail
Maximum groups that can be defined 10 unlimited
Monitor services by TCP port
Maximum nodes per group 5 unlimited
Network scanner Only when defining groups From the dashboard
Maximum Statistics Groups (line quality failure ranges) 4 (interrmitence, short/medium/long falls) 4 + Your own
Maximum Calculation Ranges (per-node comparison chart stuff) 6 (this/last hour, this/last day, this/last week) 6 + your own
Routing table editor
Show activity chart per node
Show group comparison chart
Show group statistics
Group report builder (charts, images, CSV)
Included themes 1 1
Theme downloads
Custom themes on request None Possible*
UI Schemes All All
Administrative roles by IP Only from console IP editor
Group stats parameters set Basic Extended, editable
Calculation ranges set Basic Extended, editable
Extensions for the WASP distro
(PhpDock distro can't handle them for the time being)
Item filterer, Sound Alerter included.
Mail Alerter downloadable
Item filterer, Sound Alerter included.
Mail alerter downloadable
SNMP + Item Anchoring downloadable
Free updates
Free tech support

* Your full license makes you elligible to get a custom theme built by us to suit your needs, as long as this theme becomes part of our Themes Gallery for everyone to download it.

why wait more?

do you need a new feature? tell us!

We're always open to requests from our users to improve our software. If you think that SMTPing could be enhanced with something you have in mind, we invite you to either drop us a comment using the Disqus form below or posting a topic on our Help & support forum.

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