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I have home network setup, where I have 1 thomson wifi router, 2 telephones, 1 tv, 1 desktop and 4+ laptops. I have the Estonian standard internet of ~15 Mbps for the last 4+ few years. The desktop system is live 24/7 and goes down only for windows updates, so I will be using it to monitor the network. It has Win 7 Pro (64 bit), but I assume, that I can run Linux apps/utils on cigwin.

Time to time internet is dropping. I want to know statistics like: when, how long, etc. I am planning to run the tests for 1 week or so. It would be great if log is smaller then 4gb and I don't need regex to parse it (and program would not crash).

I assume (with 95% confidence) problem is ISPs fault (or 5% weird anomalies in weather or cables), so it would be great if I could create a presentable report, that can be used to fix the problem. Hidden question here is, what information should it contain.

This is a home network, so I'm not thrilled in idea of buying expensive software for it. Sorry for asking a question, where there exists more then 1 correct answer.

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migrated from Jan 3 '12 at 19:30

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I can only reply from Linux and opensource world.

Nagios, Xymon, Zabbix, mon are all good monitoring open source softwares that can achieve what you want ( stats, graphs, history, uptime ).

If you don't want to reinstall with linux, you can simply launch a linux distribution via Oracle VirtualBox all for free.

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The Net Uptime Monitor - - is exactly what you want. I wrote this program to diagnose an intermittent connection that bugged me for three years!

It's a simple Windows program that continuously tests your internet connection and writes a plain text log with the start time and length of each connection failure. No complex setup - just install and run to track every time your connection goes down!

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