Joe's Ping Tool

Version 3.0 Users Guide


Introduction

Joe's Ping Tool is a simple graphical interface for built in network tools included in the Windows operating system. This tool will assist you in troubleshooting and diagnosing network issues. It eliminates the hassle of having to use the command line to manually type in commands, and displays the results in a user-friendly manner. The results are also more descriptive and easier to copy and paste which may come in handy if you need to keep records of Ping or Trace Route Results.

This tool is designed for both, the technical professional and the Beginner and Novice users. Advanced users who will need to diagnose network issues often and quickly, and possibly need to keep records of the results (i.e. Helpdesk or Network Technicians) will benefit from the Interface’s ease of use and ability to Copy and paste results easier. The beginner and novice user will benefit from the tool’s ease of use and elimination of the command line confusion.

Here is a Screen Shot of Joe's Ping Tool


(Figure 1. Light Color Scheme Shown)


System Requirements

Minimum requirements:

Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP
300 MHz Processor or better
64MB RAM
2 MB Free Hard Disk Space

NOTE: The IP information and Net Send tools will only work on Windows NT, 2000 and XP.


Installation

To Install Joes Ping Tool 3, Simply run the "PingTool3Setup.exe"  file and walk through the install. It is very self explanitory.

 


Features

Ping

Ping is a basic layer 3 network utility that sends a request to another machine or device with an IP address. Once that machine receives that request, it replies. This is useful to determine if your machine can "see" the other machine. If a ping is successful it means that your computer is capable of sending packets (data) to the other machine and receiving them back. Pings also give you useful information such as how long it takes for the packet to travel from your machine, to the destination and back. The time is measured in Milliseconds (MS). The higher the response time, the more latency you have between you and that machine. This is important for network intensive activities such as Downloading and gaming.

Joe's Ping Tool allows you to easily ping IP addresses or host addresses. You have options to change Packet size and Ping Count. You will also be able to choose between Classic and Cisco Style Results.

Packet Size
Adjusting the packet size will adjust the size of the packets sent in the ping (in bytes).

Ping Count
Adjusting the Ping Count will adjust the number of times to ping the target.

Ping Results
You can change the way the ping results are displayed by Choosing File, then Preferences.

Classic Style Results
Classic style results will look like the following:


(Figure 2. Classic Style Results)

Advantages: Will show the Time response for each ping as well as the summary at the bottom
Disadvantages: If you choose to run an extended ping, the results will be considerably longer

Cisco Style Results
Cisco Style results display a "!" for a successful ping and "." For a failed ping, as displayed in Figure 3:


(Figure 3. Cisco Style Results)

Advantages: Allows for a smaller result summary.
Disadvantages: Does not show a time response for each ping, however does show an average time.


Trace Route

Trace Route is a utility that records and displays the route through a network or the internet from one machine to another. It displays each Router or Gateway along the path to the destination, displayed as a "Hop". Trace Route will also display the amount of time between each "hop" to the destination IP address. This tool is very useful for troubleshooting Packet Loss or Latency, and determining where it is coming from.

Figure 4 Shows a Trace Route using Joe's Ping Tool.


(Figure 4. Trace Route)


Net Send

Net Send (Windows NT, 2000, and XP only) is a utility that allows you to send messages to other users on your local Network.

Figure 5a shows the Net Send utility of Joe’s Network Tool, and Figure 5b shows the message received by the Recipient.


(Figure 5a. Net Send Utility)


(Figure 5b. Message Received by Recipient)


Telnet

Telnet is both a Utility and a TCP/IP Protocol. It allows you to connect to another device or machine running the telnet service and gain access through a Terminal Window.

Figure 6 is the Joe's Ping Tool’s Telnet interface which then opens a Telnet Window.


(Figure 6. Telnet Interface)


Flood Ping

Flood Ping Utility in Joe's Ping Tools is a utility that will open multiple windows (50-80) hat each ping the target with 1472 bytes of data. This is useful to Troubleshoot Packet Loss and Slow throughput issues. Used in addition to Traffic monitoring utilities it allows you to send a massive amount of packets to the target.

NOTE: Use this tool for diagnostics purposes only, it is illegal and unethical to use this tool to send a flood ping someone without their permission.


IP Information

IP Information (Windows NT, 2000, and XP only) Displays your current IP configuration. Equivalent of typing IPCONFIG at the Command Prompt.

Figure 7 is a screenshot of the IP Information results.


(Figure 7. IP Information)


Net View

Net View allows user to see the computer names on their domain / workgroup, Equivalent of typing ‘Net View’ in command prompt.


Color Schemes

Joe's Ping Tool comes with two different color schemes, a Light one (pictured) and a Dark one as shown in Figure 8. To change the color scheme, click on File then Select Preferences and choose the desired scheme.


(Figure 8. Dark Color Scheme)
 



 

Revision History

Joe’s Ping Tool, which had 2 previous Versions. I will br changing the name to Joe’s Network Tool because it became more than just a Ping tool.This will be effective in the next version.

Version 1.x to 2.x

Ping
Ping Functionality was greatly improved from 1.x. In Version 1.x the Ping command was just ran as a Shell process in the background and the results stored in a file (ping.txt) then read into a Display window.

Version 2.x Implemented the built in ICMP Echo tools in ICMP.DLL that allows for a faster ping, more detailed Results (i.e. Packet loss percentage).

Net Send
The Net Send utility was added in Version 2.x.

Flood Ping
The flood ping utility was added in Version 2.x.

IP Information
The IP information utility was added in version 2.x.

Color Scheme
The color schemes were added in version 2.x
 
 

Version 3.0

Layout

The Layout in Version 3.0 is slightly different. The Net Send, and Flood Ping buttons were removed and Toolbar options for these were added.

Settings

Version 3.0 allows you to save the settings from the previous session.

It now saves the following settings:

The settings are stored in an INI file.

Operating System Detection

Version 3.0 has an OS Version checker, which prevents IP Information and Net Send, from running on Windows 9x or Windows ME Operating systems.

Ping

Version 3.0 adds the ability to ping by name, Version 2.x did not allow this.
Version 3.0 implements different options for the ping results, Classic Style and Cisco Style.
The ping Results Summary was improved to display a more formal summary.
When focused on the IP / Host field, pressing Enter Key will initiate Ping.
The previous 3 IP/Hosts pinged are now saved.

Trace Route

Version 3.0 replaced the double spaced results of version 1.z and 2.x and results are displayed single-spaced.

IP Information

Version 3.0 replaced the double spaced results of version 1.z and 2.x and results are displayed single-spaced.

Telnet

The ability to Telnet was added in Version 3.x

Net View

Net view feature was added in version 3.0


Known Issues

Currently there is no official support for Joe’s Network Tools. I have compiled some known issues and possible fixes. If you come across a problem that is not addressed in this manual, email me at products@thejoester.com and I will try my best to resolve the issue or find a work around.

Known issues with Pinging

Run Time error ‘6’ overflow

This is a known issue with slower machines when tying to run a ping a user over 100 times. No Known fix at this time except to limit Ping Count to 100 or less.

Known Issues with Trace Route
No known issues yet.

Known issues with Net Send
No known issues yet.

Known Issues with Telnet
No known issues yet.

Known issues with Flood Ping
No known issues yet.

Flood Ping crashes or gives Run Time overflow errors.
This is a known issue with some slower or older computer. Try running flood ping with less windows.

Known issues with IP Information
No known issues yet.
 

Other known issues

File not Found or End of File Errors

If you experience File Not Found Errors, or End of File Errors, try deleting all the .txt files in the program directory and restarting the program.
 



 

Troubleshooting

General

If you are having issues with Joe's Ping Tools and feel the results are not accurate, try comparing the results with manual tests.