One of the crucial tasks for a network administrator is to monitor the network performance of each device connected to the network. For checking the network performance, there is a conventional utility used by almost all network administrator dubbed, the Ping command, which measures the amount of time the packet data takes to reach a desired host with a certain IP address. But it works on a text only mode and may not be easy to use. Apart from this, it has a very limited functionality, assuming you are constantly on the need to check devices on a comparatively larger network. Ping Assist Pro v.1.6.0 is an application that helps you in this regard.
Ping Assist Pro by ZazSoft is a shareware program to assist network administrators to check and monitor the performance of the devices on a given network. The program has a nice GUI (Graphical User Interface) showing network groups on the left hand side pane in a column tree format and the performance of all the devices in the respective network groups in the main display box. It (the main display box) shows the host name, average response, minimum response, lost packets etc. relating to each device. You can start and stop recording the ping data with the help of single click buttons. It is a light program and can function as a windows service. Apart from this, it has a provision for various types of alarm notifications on detection of some unreachable host. It can alert the user by alarm messages in system tray, alarm sounds, emails as well as network messages etc. It also presents detailed performance statistics in graphical as well as text form in programís log.
Summing it up, Ping Assist Pro v.1.6.0 is a nice tool for network administrators for effectively monitoring the network performance of devices on the network. Apart form this, it has a reasonable price tag as far as its utility is concerned. Hence, it receives a score of four on the scale of five.