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MonitorIP is a small program that runs in the system tray, monitoring your IP address(es). With the click of the mouse, you can view information about your current IP address and hostname. If you have a computer that you need access to remotely but don’t have the resources to have a static ip address, this program will help you stay connected easily.
- Tracks internal and external IP addresses
- Notifications when your IP changes including E-mail, FTP, pop up notification, launching an external application, posting to a custom URL, and a free online service provided by HazteK Software called MonitorIP Online
- Log your recent IP addresses for review at a later date
- Runs in the system tray wasting no space and using minimal resources (relative to other full featured .NET applications)
- Works with many Dynamic DNS providers to update your DNS records when your IP changes
- Now with portable mode!
MonitorIP Readme File
Copyright 2021 Isim Software. All Rights Reserved.
What is MonitorIP?
MonitorIP is an application that runs in your system tray and reports in various
ways when your true, external IP address changes. It retrieves your external
address by connecting to a remote website that reports where the connection is
being made from. By default it points at http://myip.dnosmatic.com but can be
configured to point anywhere that reports the IP address in a plain text
How to use MonitorIP
When your IP address changes, MonitorIP can report it in the following ways:
E-mail, FTP, Execute a Command, Post to MonitorIP Online, or pop up a notification
When MonitorIP launches for the first time, you should see a window containing all
of your computer's IP address information. By default it does not do any
reporting other than displaying that information on your screen. In the window,
you will see a list of local addresses, you external address, your computer's
hostname, and if you have some advanced networking configured you may see
aliases in the list.
From this window, you can manually refresh the external IP address or copy the
various information to your clipboard. That's about it. For the more useful
features, you will need to configure them in the options window. You can get
to the options window by right-clicking on the MonitorIP icon in your system tray
and choosing Options from the menu.
Once in the options window, you will see some general settings on the left. The
options are intended to be self-explanatory, but I'll go over them quickly here
Minimize to the system tray at startup:
This means it won't show the MonitorIP window when the application launches. This
is probably good to keep enabled unless you are troubleshooting an issue.
Run at Windows startup
This launches the application at startup. It accomplishes this by adding an
entry in the HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run registry key.
Suppress error message pop ups
Sometimes you don't want users to see the pop ups if the application runs into
an issue, e.g. in a Remote Support setting. This hides those messages.
Remember external IP address between restarts
Some people like to know every time the application restarts, because that
usually means the computer restarted. If you have this enabled, it won't
send notifications unless the IP address changed since the last time it
This is how often to check to see if the IP address changed. Most modern ISPs
don't refresh an IP address very often due to the way DHCP works. Setting it
lower than a few minutes may piss off the web servers that are helping you
retrieve your external IP address. Please be mindful of that.
Show external address/Copy external address on double-click
When double clicking the MonitorIP tray icon, it will do one of these two actions
Retrieve public IP address from
This is a list of servers to check with to see what your external IP address
is currently set to. By default it contains just one entry, which is usually
enough to get started: http://myip.dnsomatic.com
On the right side of the options window is where the fun stuff is. The section
is called When my external IP changes... and is where you define what happens
when your IP changes. By default, none of these options is enabled. As of this
version of MonitorIP, it can do the following things:
E-mail me - This sends an email to a recipient. Pretty obvious, eh?
Post it to my MonitorIP account - You can sign up at https://www.MonitorIP.us/ and
post updates to the site. It's helpful if you are trying to keep track of
multiple computers running MonitorIP.
FTP it to a server - Lets you post a file containing the IP information to
an FTP server.
Execute a command - Launch one or more programs locally on your computer.
Popup a tray notification - Just show a tray notification when the IP changes
Post to custom URL - Works with providers like Namecheap or any other dynamic
DNS server that allows you to post data to update a hostname. Supports both
POST and GET methods.
Each of these settings, except the popup one, has a corresponding button that
will open the extra settings for each method. The settings for each is fairly
self-explanatory as well. If you need help figuring one of them out, feel
free to get in contact using the contact info at the end of this readme file.
Finally, you can also enable Logging in the application. If you don't really
want to send the information anywhere else, you can still log to a file
locally and check on it periodically. This log can be accessed by choosing the
option on the system icon's right-click menu.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me and
I'll try my best to respond as soon as possible.
See the license.txt distributed with this package for details on licensing.