Monitoring IoT by Ping

@Steve-Mcl
Good Morning. I changed the command and now it worked (this is listing which rasp is on or not)
Thanks a lot for the help

Hi Dave.

I personally think there are valid reasons for a flow to know it's host OS. This is but one case where there is not really a need to develop a node (it's perfectly achievable pretty much out of the box using exec node which is part of the standard install - so I don't get why we would have to jump through hoops to know the host OS)

But I don't disagree with your stand point either - as most here know, you have far more insight on the inner workings and forward vision of node red & I respect your opinion.

Thanks for taking the time to respond.

Hi Steve, no problem. Same way we really don't want to add anything browser specific in if we can help it - we would rather tings work all over the place if possible,

I'm also happy to look at pull requests for the Ping node - There are known techniques to make an input optional, and there's nothing to stop the input being a csv list or array for example.

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Pretty sure you showed by how to do that on my cron+ node :slight_smile:

I might take a look :+1:

Hello
Great what developed from my request. I am happy to read this process. Thanks to all of you. :blush:

@ dceejay
You are writing the there are known techniques to make an input optional. Can a beginner do that or do they refer more to pure programming?

@Steve-Mcl
I have a question about:

//store ping item
pingResults[thisPing.name] = thisPing;

//save pingResults in flow context
flow.set("pingResults",pingResults);
I have to watch my limited space on store and save. I only have a few MB left on my SD card of my PI. Or does all of this take place in the temporary memory

It's in memory only (as long as you haven't setup file based context storage). If you don't know what I mean then it's very likely it's in memory only.

Dave is referring to node development (a somewhat separate issue to your requirements)

I thank you and everyone else who helps me
Node Red makes me really fun to learn something new.
:grinning: THX Marc (EDSTOBI)

We can now with the updated version of node-red-node-ping

It now has 2 modes: Timed [original mode] or Triggered [new mode] & also accepts a CSV list of IPs or an array of objects - greatly simplifying pinging multiple devices.

Simplified flow screen shot

Simplified flow...

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msg.payload : null;\nthisPing.state = success ? \"ok\" : \"ng\" ;\n\npingResults[msg.topic] = thisPing;//store ping obj in pingResults\nflow.set(\"pingResults\",pingResults);//save pingResults in flow context\n\nmsg.payload = thisPing;\nreturn msg;","outputs":1,"noerr":0,"x":680,"y":260,"wires":[["cf6a929c.6311a"]]},{"id":"90592906.29a578","type":"ui_template","z":"a878aaaa.79a018","group":"3dc35e31.466292","name":"","order":3,"width":"6","height":"5","format":"<style>\ntable {\n    color: #333;\n    font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;\n    width: 100%;\n    border-collapse: collapse;\n    border-spacing: 0;\n}\ntd, th {\n    border: 1px solid transparent;\n    /* No more visible border */\n    height: 30px;\n    transition: all 0.3s;\n    /* Simple transition for hover effect */\n}\nth {\n    background: #DFDFDF;\n    /* Darken header a bit */\n    font-weight: bold;\n}\ntd {\n    background: #FAFAFA;\n    text-align: center;\n}\n\n/* Cells in even rows (2,4,6...) are one color */\n\ntr:nth-child(even) td {\n    background: #F1F1F1;\n}\n\n/* Cells in odd rows (1,3,5...) are another (excludes header cells)  */\n\ntr:nth-child(odd) td {\n    background: #FEFEFE;\n}\ntr td:hover {\n    background: #666;\n    color: #FFF;\n}\n\n/* Hover cell effect! */    \n\ntr.good {\n    color: green;\n}\n\ntr.bad {\n    color: red;\n}\n\ntr.unknown {\n    color: orange;\n}\n\n    \n</style>\n<div ng-bind-html=\"msg.html\"></div>\n","storeOutMessages":true,"fwdInMessages":true,"templateScope":"local","x":840,"y":320,"wires":[[]]},{"id":"71f260f1.aacbf","type":"debug","z":"a878aaaa.79a018","name":"","active":true,"tosidebar":true,"console":false,"tostatus":false,"complete":"true","targetType":"full","x":590,"y":400,"wires":[]},{"id":"3dc35e31.466292","type":"ui_group","z":"","name":"Default","tab":"5132060d.4cde48","order":1,"disp":true,"width":"6","collapse":false},{"id":"5132060d.4cde48","type":"ui_tab","z":"","name":"Home","icon":"dashboard","disabled":false,"hidden":false}]

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