Category Archives: Networking

Using Gmail for Spiceworks’ Help Desk

Spiceworks LogoIn case you haven’t heard, Spiceworks is a free “network management & monitoring, help desk, PC inventory & software reporting solution to manage everything IT.”  I must admin, I was skeptical at first, but I ending up being very impressed with this software.  The only downside I’ve found so far is the presence of ads within the software; however, you’ll soon see it is still well worth it.  This software also requires Windows XP or higher, and will not run on Linux.  On the other hand, Spiceworks will detect and properly monitor any Linux-based PC on the network.  Below are some of the advantages of using Spiceworks:

  • 100% free
  • Can be used as portal, and help desk (includes full ticketing system)
  • Works with Active Directory
  • Will monitor software, DNS settings, disk space, etc., on all computers within network
  • Network map
  • Will monitor ink and toner levels in compatible printers/copiers
  • E-mail alerts can be configured to send in the event printer ink dips below a certain threshold
  • Compatible with Windows Server 2008 R2
  • …and much more!

Now, onto configuring Spiceworks to work with Gmail:

Within Gmail settings, make sure that IMAP is enabled.

Login to your Spiceworks installation.

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Two sites for testing your Internet connection quality and speed

Today, I found two great sites for testing your Internet connection. will test your download and upload speeds, while measures the quality of your Internet connection.  The download speed for my connection ended up being 15.07 Mbps which is equal to 1.884 MB/sec.  To convert Mbps to MB/KB per second, you may use Media Road’s conversion tool.  According to the tests, we have a good connection.  Post your results!