Top 10 free tools for network monitoring and analysis

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As a system admin, we know you’re turning over every
stone to find tools that make your life easier. Help is at hand with our guide to the top 10 free network monitoring and analysis tools!

Wireshark kicks off our list, being a network protocol analyzer and
capture utility. Captured data can easily be sent to another application for analysis, or filtered within WireShark itself.

Pandora FMS | Flexible Monitoring Software

If you want to keep an eye on your servers, applications and communications, look no further than Pandora FMS. It can be configured to create alerts based on specific events,nd send notifications to administrators.

Angry IP Scanner Scans IP addresses and ports, finding live hosts and providing you with information about them.

When you’re looking to capture packet data to analyze network traffic, turn to Microsoft Network Monitor. It has support for over three hundred public and Microsoft propriety protocols, as well as a wireless Monitor Mode.

Fiddler captures HTTP between computers and the Internet to help with debugging. You see incoming and outgoing data, including encrypted HTTPS traffic, allowing you to test your website performance, or the security of your web applications.

Network Miner is classed as a Network Forensic Analysis Tool, and is used to capture packets. It then extracts files and images from that data, allowing you to reconstruct your users actions.

Another tool for monitoring, troubleshooting and analysing network traffic is Capsa Free. Not only does it have over 300 protocols, and the ability to create and customise them, but it’s dashboard also allows you to see a summary of traffic stays, TCP/UDP conversations, and packet analysis.

Total Network Monitor watches over your hosts and services, notifying
you when something requires your attention.t’s colorful interface lets you see what’s wrong at a glance.

And don’t miss Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector which manages connections,
locates devices, detects rogue access points, and has connection and speed quality tests.

Lastly, Zenoss Core keeps an eye on your applications, servers, storage, networking and virtualization giving you
performance and availability stats. It also has an advanced notification system.

With so much pressure on IT departments, can you afford not to take advantage of any free help you can get?

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