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The golden nugget of ping tools

There are complex network management systems out there but there is one thing that loadshedding in South Africa has taught me. A tool costing an arm and a leg does the same job as one as cheap as slaptjips when it comes to reporting on an outage triggered by power problems.

The same is true for a complex tool. It doesn't do it any better than a simple one. It reality, simple is better. Those fancy pants features don't provide any additional benefit.

I stumbled upon UK (Uptime Kuma) and have been using it ever since, Its simple and the price is right and it does the job. It hasn't had one hiccup yet and I highly recommend it. I have installed it on a debian buster nspawn container which is a virtualization platform, but one that has been on a diet. It monitors a country wide SD-WAN and automatically logs tickets to ISPs when outages occur.

It is also used on my home network where there are a number of IoT devices to be managed and checked for uptime.

The only additional modification required was that its only available as an http service. So I converted it to https using stunnel and LetsEncrypt.

You can find it over and github: Uptime Kuma.

Ronald works connecting Internet inhabiting things at Fusion Broadband

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