Perl scripts for monitoring network status on Sky Broadband routers.
Work in progress
This is still a work in progress and a little rough around the edges. Documentation is lacking.
download.pl is not yet ready for mainstream use.
You would use Sky Spy if:
- you have issues with your Sky Broadband connection, and would like to diagnose the problem, or gather evidence to present to tech support.
- you would like to keep an eye on your network for some other reason.
It’s worth noting that, to get a really accurate log of what’s going on, the machine running Sky Spy should be left on 24/7. If you aren’t happy with that, you probably need look elsewhere.
I’ve tried to make these scripts as simple to install with as few hard requirements as possible, and am testing them with the default Mac-OS-Snow-Leopard-installed Perl 5.10.0.
With a user that’s always logged in
This is the easiest way to go, if you’re either uncomfortable with Unix terminals and so forth, or are perfectly happy leaving your machine logged in 24/7. I have no experience of how this works with things like Mac OS X’s fast user switching.
- Save the
download.plscripts somewhere in your home directory. I use
~/bin(or, in common terms, a directory called
bindirectly in my home directory) because I’m a nerd.
/Applications/Utilities/) and type
crontaband hit return.
mins hours day-of-month month day-of-week command
So if, like me, you’ve put
~/bin and want it to run every 5
minutes, saving its output to
~/logs/network_status.csv (that file should
exist), you might add a line like:
*/5 * * * * ~/bin/status.pl >> ~/logs/network_status.csv
- To add that line, enter
A(note the capital) and paste that line (or your own variant) into the Terminal window. Make sure that the line is terminated with a newline character.
- To save, press escape and type
:wqand hit return.
Without a logged-in user
Each line of output offers the following fields, comma-separated and in the following order:
start-time of logging end-time of logging Connection state (Up, down, etc.) Connection protocol (PPPoA, etc.) Authentication mode Connection time External IP address Downstream speed Upstream speed Downstream attenuation Upstream attenuation Downstream noise (in dB) Upstream noise (in dB)