My cable modem seems to be getting more unreliable and suffering outages, so I want to monitor the drop-outs - if I can provide a log showing when it's faulty I should be better armed when talking to tech support.
I know I could write a script or simple application to monitor and log everything, but before I start building something that I estimate will take a few hours, but will in all likelihood consume multiple evenings and weekends, I just thought I'd check to see if there was a "off the shelf" tool that could produce nicely formatted logs and reports?
Basically any tool that will run on either a Windows 7 machine, or my Asus RTN66U router/wi-fi access point that's running the Merlin firmware.
If said tool could capture web-pages as well that would be really useful - the Virgin Media cable modem that connects to the internet has a web console that logs errors, so being able to capture this would be helpful. Unfortunately the cable modem error log is cleared when it reboots, so I need something to scrape it and capture it.
This related question covers some basic scripts: A better way to monitor my internet connection other than ping
If I just use ping to continuously monitor, are there any recommended hosts to ping to that won't object to the traffic?