Network Routers

Certain network router operating systems can be configured to send regular HTTP(S) requests to directly from the router. This is a handy way to monitor them: when the router loses its WAN connection, it will not be able to ping, and will notify you about the outage.


DD-WRT is a Linux-based firmware for routers that runs on wide variety of router models. DD-WRT ships with a cron daemon and wget utility. You can enable the cron daemon and edit crontab in DD-WRT control panel, Administration › Management › Cron.

The crontab syntax on DD-WRT is:

[cron expression] [username] [command]

Example for sending a ping every minute:

* * * * * root wget


DD-WRT control panel

MikroTik RouterOS

MikroTik RouterOS is a router operating system used primarily on MikroTik network hardware. Among its many features is scripting support and a scheduler.

First, create a script in WebFig, System › Scripts › Add New. Use the following parameters:

  • Name: ping (example, you can use a different name)
  • Policy: read, test
  • Source: /tool fetch url="" output=none

DD-WRT control panel

Then, create a schedule in WebFig, System › Scheduler › Add New. Use parameters:

  • Interval: 00:01:00 (one minute)
  • Policy: read, test
  • On Event: ping (the name of the script from the previous step)

DD-WRT control panel


  • The output=none parameter tells the system to discard response body. Without this parameter, the system will save response body to a file, which will additionally require the write policy.
  • The "tool fetch" utility supports HTTPS URLs but does not verify TLS certificates by default. You can add check-certificate=yes parameter to require a valid TLS certificate. Note that RouterOS ships with no root CA certificates, so you will also need to load these.
  • Here's the full list of options supported by "tool fetch".