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Network messaging

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Searcher61, Nov 9, 2007.

  1. Searcher61

    Searcher61 Network Guru Member

    Does anyone know a way to send a message to everyone on your network? Is there anything that could be put on my router? I have a number of people that do not all use, or want to use the same IM program. Sometimes I have to take down the router to update firmware or something like that and I would like to be able to send a message to them to let them know. Email and IM don't seem to work because they would have to check their email and IM won't work because they all use different IM programs.
     
  2. houman

    houman LI Guru Member

    You could use "net send"

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/.../xp/all/proddocs/en-us/net_send.mspx?mfr=true
     
  3. danix71

    danix71 LI Guru Member

    To use a program, not a command: I personally use this one.
     
  4. Searcher61

    Searcher61 Network Guru Member

    I have not been able to get the built in NET SEND to work... My network is small just about 10 seats and is PEER to PEER. As far as a program goes...I need something the user cannot shut down and will allways be running.
     
  5. Maggard

    Maggard LI Guru Member

    There is no magic tool that will send messages to all devices on a network - if there were we'd have even more spam.

    As houman & Danix71 recommended MS Windows comes with a built-in tool called NETSEND. Most ISPs filter it but your Tomato router won't be doing so by default. Of course folks have to have it running & their firewalls set to let it through. In these days of increased net security a relic like NETSEND is rarely active & available by default.

    However that does nothing for any Mac or Linux or other types of things you might have connecting.

    So if your users can't/won't agree on a common medium then have you considered two toots on an airhorn? That should be quite effective at communicating the network is about to go down...

    Short of that - if they don't want to run whatever to get local updates then don't tolerate whining when the network goes down 'unexpectedly'.
     

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