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What is PingTime?

PingTime uses a Cisco Router to record ping Round Trip Times from the router to any IP address. The minimum, average and maximum response times are recorded over several pings by the router and the results retrieved. PingTime allows the Network Manager or Network Management System in City A to use a Cisco router in City B to retreive response times from City B to City C.

How does it work?

  1. PingTime's web based diagnostic interface allows the user to enter the IP address of the Cisco Router to act as the test source and one or more IP addresses to be tested. The results of the testing are displayed on the resulting HTML page. This is a very quick and convenient way of testing response times from one remote location to another without having to telnet into the router and then run all the pings. Indeed, the user does not even need access to the router to perform the tests so that even staff who would not normally access the router, could have the ease of this diagnostic tool.

  2. Example of PingTime output
  3. PingTime can be used as an additional source for OverTime. The same HTML pages that OverTime produces can also include PingTime results. In this case, PingTime is run regularly and the results recorded into an RRD. This information can then produce a graph like the one here.


PingTime runs with HP OpenView 5.x, 6.x and 7.x on Windows 200x/XP, HPUX 11.00+ and Solaris 2.8+.
PingTime also runs with IBM NetView 7.x on AIX 4.3+ and soon Solaris 2.8+ and Linux.
PingTime Solo runs on Windows 200x and Windows XP.