Use a Raspberry Pi to monitor your parents’ home network!


Disclaimer: As of 2/28/18, the NetBeez ‘Free Plan’ has been replaced with a 30-day free trial.

When you troubleshoot your network, Ping, DNS, HTTP, and Traceroute are the simplest and probably the most useful tests you could use. For example, if you run these tests on and all of them are successful, you can safely assume that the network and the connection is up. If you add Iperf to your arsenal, you can run bandwidth tests and actually assess what speed your ISP delivers.

And since you are a network engineer, you know who your parents will call when their internet is down…

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to run these tests from any location (home, office, etc) on a Raspberry Pi and have the results uploaded to a central server for easy access?

This is easy as a pie now!

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Get a free trial of the NetBeez dashboard:


  1. Install the NetBeez agent on your Raspberry Pi
echo "deb wheezy main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install netbeez-agent
  1. Ship the Raspberry Pi to your parents and ask them to plug it into their router
  2. Log in to your dashboard at
  3. Start tests


It’s as simple as that.

I have actually shipped wired and wireless Raspberry Pi agents to my parents in Greece. They plugged them in and now when we Skype I know how their network is performing. Average most of the times…

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