Which low-cost Windows 10 tablet is the best low-budget remote probe for PRTG Network Monitor?

Ten days ago I started using four ultra low-cost ATOM-processor based tablets (running under Windows 10) as monitoring stations (or “remote probes”, as we call them in the context of PRTG). Each of them was monitoring about 100 sensors in my home lan, including wifi quality and temperature. Here are my experiences of the first 10 days:

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How to monitor the system temperature of a Windows 10 system with PRTG

Three days ago I set up 4 low-cost Windows 10 tablets to become cheap monitoring stations in my private home. Yesterday I added custom sensors to monitor the quality of my wireless network.

Today I added sensors that are getting the built-in system temperature from the tablets.

Again I am using a Exe/Script Advanced Sensor with this Powershell script

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How to monitor wifi signal strength and speed with PRTG Network Monitor

Two days ago I set up 4 low-cost Windows 10 tablets to become cheap monitoring stations (we call them “remote probes”) for my personal instance of PRTG Network Monitor.

Today I have set up a custom sensor that reads out the wifi signal strength from the system, so I can now monitor the quality of my wireless network in 4 different areas of my house when I distribute the tablets in different rooms.

The sensor can be used with all Windows 10 PCs, laptops, or tablets, as long as they are connected to the network via wifi. It also displays the transmit and receive rate which the wifi module has chosen to connect to the access point and the wifi channel.

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Comparing 4 ultra low cost Windows 10 tablets (€64 and up) for use as wifi monitoring stations for PRTG

Many IT admins maintain not only one copper-based network, but also remote sites and wifi networks. To monitor these (more-or-less) remote locations our monitoring software PRTG Network Monitor offers the “remote probe” feature (other vendors call this polling engine, poller, agent, etc.). The user can create as many of them as desired at no additional cost.

The idea is to install a small piece of software on a PC at the remote location. Then it connects to the central monitoring server, receives its configuration, starts monitoring and sends results to the monitoring server.

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Setting up a PRTG Remote Probe in my living room

…in less than 15 minutes on a €169 Mini-PC

When you need a cheap and simple system to run a remote probe for PRTG Network Monitor there are a neat option: Buy a €169 Mini-PC that comes with a Windows 10 Home license! Setting up a Probe takes only minutes and with the latest PRTG version it is almost completely automated. Over the weekend I did exactly this at home in my living room and filmed it.

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