RIPE Atlas is a global network of devices, called probes and anchors, that actively measure Internet connectivity. RIPE Atlas users can also perform customised measurements to gain valuable data about their own networks.
At the time of writing, there were 11,009 probes connected, the total number of probes connected is maybe higher than this as probes go offline due to Internet disconnections, power issues especially in under developed/developing countries.
All this while, the probes have been hardware devices. A few pictures of the probe version 4 below,
That changed sometime in February 2020, the RIPE NCC released a software version of the RIPE Atlas probe. This is super useful (apart from the fact that the hardware probe costs money to manufacture and ship it and most importantly Indian customs 😢 ) as you can run the software probe on RaspberryPi along with many other supported operating systems(CentOS7,CentOS8, Debian 9, Debian 10 and Docker).
For more information about installing the software probe and registration, please click the following link
If anyone needs any help in installing/registering the probe, feel free to ping 🙂