Internet Connection Check
It can sometimes be complicated to check if an Internet connection is still alive. Sure, modem or routers usually display information about the Internet connection and might reveal if it is still up but they are sometimes not in the same room or even house. Some users would like a software
based way to check if an Internet connection is still alive.
A software program called Is It On
by Erightsoft, the makers of the popular video converter Super, can do that. It is a small portable application for most Microsoft Windows operating systems
that can check the status of a connection in a heartbeat and displays a green or gray light depending on the status.
The interface of the software application is as basic as it can get with virtually no settings available at all. It displays three items under Network
Status: Direct Active Internet Connection, Lan
Connection and Behind Intranet Network Proxy.
Depending on the type of Internet connection of the userís computer
it will display green lights if the connection is active, gray lights if the connection is not (currently) active. Is It On will automatically detect changes to the network status and display the information in a matter of seconds in the programís interface.
The interface has been designed to be always on top with no option to minimize the window or reduce its size. Thatís probably the greatest weakness of the application. It would be nice if the applicationís interface could be reduced so that only the lights are shown. Moving it to the Windows System Tray with an option to automatically notify the user of status changes to the Internet connection would be another nice feature.