GNU/Linux - How to monitor Internet link latency

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We will see here how to monitor the latency of an internet link with SmokePing on Debian.

The goal is to have a graphical view showing the latency of the internet link over time.


  • OS : Debian 11 (bullseye)
  • SmokePing : 2.7.3


  • Update package sources list :
root@server:~# apt update
  • Install smokeping package with the required dependencies :
root@server:~# apt install smokeping
  • Connet to the web page :
  • After a few minutes, you should see some data appear :
SmokePing Charts view


Now we will see how to add destinations we want to monitor. For the example I will choose to test CloudflareDNS, GoogleDNS and Multihost (which will be the average of the two previous values).

  • Edit /etc/smokeping/config.d/Targets file :
*** Targets ***

probe = FPing

menu = Top
title = Network Latency Grapher
remark = Welcome to the SmokePing website of xxx Company. \
         Here you will learn all about the latency of our network.

+ Local

menu = Local
title = Local Network
#parents = owner:/Test/James location:/

++ LocalMachine

menu = Local Machine
title = This host
host = localhost
#alerts = someloss

++ CloudflareDNS

menu = Cloudflare DNS
title = Cloudflare DNS server
host =

++ GoogleDNS

menu = Google DNS
title = Google DNS server
host =

++ MultiHost

menu = Multihost Google and CloudFlare
title = CloudflareDNS and Google DNS
host = /Local/CloudflareDNS /Local/GoogleDNS
  • Restart smokeping service :
root@server:~# systemctl restart smokeping.service
  • After some minutes you should see our new graphs views :
SmokePing Local view
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