A Node-RED node to ping a remote server, for use as a keep-alive check.
Run the following command in your Node-RED user directory - typically
npm install node-red-node-ping
1 Ubuntu Snap containers are strict and do not like giving external commands (like ping) external access. To allow ping to work you must manually add the network-observe interface
sudo snap connect node-red:network-observe
2 On some versions on Raspbian (Raspberry Pi)
ping seems to be a root only command.
The fix is to allow it as follows
sudo setcap cap_net_raw=ep /bin/ping sudo setcap cap_net_raw=ep /bin/ping6
Pings a machine and returns the trip time in mS as
false if no response received, or if the host is unresolveable.
msg.error will contain any error message if necessary.
msg.topic contains the ip address of the target host.
Default ping is every 20 seconds but can be configured.