SmokePing is a powerful tool for monitoring network latency and packet loss. It can measure, store and display latency, latency distribution and packet loss for multiple targets from multiple locations. SmokePing uses RRDtool to create graphs that show the state of each network connection over time.
SmokePing is written in Perl and runs on Linux and other Unix-like systems. However, you can also install and use SmokePing on Windows with some extra steps. In this article, we will show you how to download, install and configure SmokePing on Windows using Docker.
What is Docker
Docker is a software platform that allows you to run applications in isolated containers. A container is a lightweight and portable unit of software that contains everything you need to run an application: code, libraries, dependencies, settings, etc. Docker makes it easy to deploy, manage and scale applications across different environments.
To use Docker on Windows, you need to install Docker Desktop, which includes Docker Engine, Docker CLI and Docker Compose. You can download Docker Desktop for Windows from here. Follow the installation instructions and make sure you enable the WSL 2 backend.
How to Install SmokePing on Windows using Docker
Once you have installed Docker Desktop on your Windows machine, you can use the following steps to install SmokePing using Docker:
Open a PowerShell window and run the following command to create a directory for SmokePing data:
Run the following command to pull the latest SmokePing image from Docker Hub:
docker pull linuxserver/smokeping
Run the following command to create and run a SmokePing container with the following options:
-d: Run the container in detached mode (in the background).
--name=smokeping: Assign a name to the container.
--restart=always: Restart the container automatically if it stops or crashes.
-p 80:80: Map port 80 of the container to port 80 of the host machine.
-v C:\\smokeping-data:/config: Mount the directory C:\\smokeping-data on the host machine to the directory /config inside the container. This is where SmokePing will store its configuration files and data.
-e PUID=1000: Set the user ID of the process running inside the container. You can use id -u on PowerShell to find your user ID.
-e PGID=1000: Set the group ID of the process running inside the container. You can use id -g on PowerShell to find your group ID.
-e TZ=America/New_York: Set the time zone of the container. You can use this list to find your time zone.
linuxserver/smokeping: The name of the image to use for creating the container.
Wait for a few minutes for the container to initialize and start SmokePing. You can check the status of the container by running:
docker ps -a
You should see something like this:
CONTAINER ID IMAGE COMMAND CREATED STATUS PORTS NAMES
f6c9b8b8f4c5 linuxserver/smokeping \"/init\" 3 minutes ago Up 3 minutes 0.0.0.0:80->80 aa16f39245