PingPlotter Manual

Web Interface

**Note: the information in this section is specific to the Windows version of PingPlotter.

PingPlotter Pro has a built in web interface, which allows you to view data and access quite a few options of PingPlotter Pro from a web browser - without having to be local on the machine that is collecting data.

Enabling the built-in web interface

We recommend using PingPlotter as a Windows Service if you're going to use the web interface.  This will make sure it's always running, and makes security permissions slightly easier to configure.

To enable the web interface, go to “Edit” -> “Options” -> “Web Server” and turn on the web server (yes - it’s seriously that easy).

We recommend leaving the port at 7464 (although you’re free to change it) - and if you’re doing some local testing, it’s best to turn off the “Use Security” checkmark (once your testing is finished, you can go back and re-enable this option). Apply your changes, and close down the options dialogue.

We want to make sure that the web interface is running correctly - so in PingPlotter Pro, make sure you’re tracing to at least one target, and then move on to the next section.

Accessing the web interface

To access the web interface from your local machine, fire up your favorite web browser (if you’re wondering about browser requirements, we cover that further down this page) and enter the following address (or click it, if you're reading this on your computer):

http://localhost:7464

This should open your browser to the PingPlotter Pro web interface - which will list all of your targets. You can click on a target to open a trace graph for it, stop tracing (and close down a target), add a new target, change some basic settings, and do some basic examination of data.

Doing Basic analysis

You can do quite a few things from the web interface - but *some* actions do require the local PingPlotter Pro client. Wondering what’s possible to do with the web interface? Well, we’ve compiled a list:

  • Add/remove targets
  • Create a custom summary screen (and add/remove targets from it)
  • Add/remove columns, customize widths.
  • Examine a target’s data by:
    • Changing the focus period
    • Changing the period of time on the timeline graph
    • Turn on/off time graphs
    • Download sample data for more analysis within a local instance of PingPlotter
    • Do whois lookups through www.whois.sc

Sharing targets between the Windows GUI and the web interface

Good news here - everything "just works". If you're running as a service, booting your machine will start the web interface and load a workspace (based on your preferences). You can use the main PingPlotter GUI to create alerts, add/remove targets, create summary screens. Your changes will be reflected on the web interface (which is a big improvement from V4 of PingPlotter). This means someone accessing the web interface can close targets created on the GUI and create targets that show up on the GUI.

Named configurations need to be created with the GUI, but then will show up on the web automatically.

Browser Requirements

PingPlotter 5's web interface requires that Javascript be enabled. We recommend using at least IE11, Firefox 10+, or any other browser that is less than a couple of years old.

 

Using IIS as a web server

PingPlotter 4's web interface used Classic ASP with VBScript, which is now pretty old and doesn't make sense to duplicate. The good thing about this tech is that it worked OK with IIS as a backend web server.

PingPlotter 5 uses a completely different architecture - one that does not work with VBScript or Classic ASP. Currently, it also doesn't work with IIS. If you need IIS (for security, stability, scalability reasons), you might want to keep using PingPlotter V4. If you're using IIS so you can use https, that is coming to PingPlotter 5 (and should be possible today, although not documented or tested). Support for other web servers (IIS, Apache on Mac, and others on other platforms) is on the roadmap but is not immediately possible. Please contact us and let us know how you're using PingPlotter web and we'll help come up with best solution.

Advanced configurations

Over the years, we know our users have customized the web interface to do things we didn't really design PingPlotter to do - and we've helped with some of this. PingPlotter 5 changes what's possible here. If you're using V4 with modifications to the web interface to allow read-only views, REST calls to add targets, surfacing custom data and similar, please contact us for help. Many things are possible, but it's different than V4.

**The feature in this topic is exclusive to PingPlotter Pro. See our product comparison page for more details**

 

This manual is specific to PingPlotter Version 5

Older versions can be found here.