# Status Checks

Status checks let you turn a measurement into a basis for an alert, allowing you to use measurements to gauge the health of your network in a variety of ways.

We'll be covering both the simple method for setting up status checks that uses the default options, and a more complex example that makes use of the various customisations available.

# Quick Start

If you just want to get started using status checks, you simply need to do the following:

  1. Create a RIPE Atlas ping measurement using either the website or the API.
  • You may use up to 1,024 probes.
  • Note the newly-created measurement ID
  1. Go to: https://atlas.ripe.net/api/v2/measurements/<measurement-id>/status-check where <measurement-id> is the ID from your newly created measurement. If the measurement in question is not public, you'll need to include an API key header in your request.
  2. Go to the URL again later to check whether anything has changed.
  3. Define your alerts accordingly.
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