If ever in need of a free notification tool that keeps you permanently informed of the status of your Internet connection, you can rely on Internet Connection Notification. This tiny free utility will display discreet pop-up windows letting you know if you are connected or not. The frequency with which these windows are shown as well as whatever sound goes with them are fully configurable.
This useful tiny tool will detect any disruption in your Internet connection and will inform you about it right away. First of all, the program will offer to ping a number of websites to test your connection, and will display a list of popular pingable sites that are alive. You will then be immediately notified about the status of your connection, and a new window will pop up as soon as that status changes. The frequency of those notifications range from 1 second to every 5 minutes or a custom length of time that you determine. My experience on a laptop connected to the Web via Wi-Fi taught me to set that frequency higher than just a few seconds, as chances are that under those circumstances your Internet availability will be in a state of permanent change. You can also assign a voice or a sound effect to the notification window, or turn it off altogether. The program will also generate logs (that you can also turn off) that will note down all changes in your Internet connection. Finally, you are also offered a Nighttime Mode, where you can silence all sounds between a time range (between “bed time” and “morning”) of your choice, turn off any logging activities, and even tell the program to go to bed too and forget about checking the status of your Internet availability during that same time interval.
There is not much more to it than this. This tiny app has been designed simply to notify you about any changes taking place in your Internet connection, and it delivers what it promises efficiently and promptly. It would be nice if this useful tool could provide us in the future with more exhaustive information about our Internet connection rather than just its status – a simple note about its speed or overall stability/quality would be very welcome.
- Discreet pop-up notification windows
- Can assign a sound to the notification windows
- Pings popular sites to check your connnection
- Configurable frequency and sound settings
- No info on the quality or the speed of your connection