5 Best Network Monitoring Tools

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Computer networks generate massive amount of data both in encrypted and unencrypted form that travels across open and public networks leaving ample room for hackers to prey upon your confidential information in different ways. Fortunately, IT managers and enthusiasts have enough options to monitor their network traffic to detect any suspicious activities with ease. Here's a list of some powerful network management software. Through these applications, you can inspect data packets with ease to find out abnormal traffic flow patterns happening on your network. If you're a network administrator and experiencing information theft or hacking issues, these applications can become a life saver for you. I often use the application mentioned below to occasionally monitor the Wi-Fi network of my home. These applications require some understanding of network terminologies and computer science to leverage the powerful features offered by them. So, let's try out these powerful network monitoring applications.

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Wireshark - It is one of my favorites software for monitoring network traffic. It's plethora of options are overwhelming for an average user. Wireshark is both open source and free at the same time. It has a large user base and I'm among those who love this amazing packet analyzer.

SpiceWorks - It is the best overall network management free software available on web. You can manage your network inventory and can monitor your computer network with ease. Whether its a router malfunction or one of the LAN cable is gone, SpiceWorks monitors all and provides you with immediate alerts about the problems in your network.

PRTG Network Monitor - The free edition of this powerful network management software is good enough to take care of a small network comprising of up to 20 PCs. The interface of this software is amazing that makes it very attractive for novice network administrators. PRTG Network Monitor can also be used through web interface and smartphones.

IPSentry - This is yet another powerful network management tool with solid user base. The free edition is powerful enough for SOHO (small office home office) segment. Whether its hardware monitoring or regular traffic analysis, IPSentry brings all reports right on your desktop in quick time. I found the mail queue monitoring option really useful.

ManangeEngine OpManager - No network monitoring tools list can be considered complete without mentioning about OpManager. The free edition supports up to 10 PCs with lifetime functioning including almost all PRO edition features except support for add-ons. Whether its network monitoring, server performance reports, VOIP monitoring or general network fault management, OPManager gives you enough power and flexibility to do all these tasks effectively.


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