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Sep 29

Briefly Describe The Top 10 Free Networking Monitoring Software

Networking Monitoring Software

A network is formed when two or more end-devices are connected over digital interconnections to communicate and share data among them. Once a network is implemented, it is very important to monitor its working under the business aspect of operations and maintenance. To better deploy the monitoring of a network, many software are available in the market, mostly paid, but a few free to use as well. Let’s list the top 10 free networking monitoring software available in the market at present.

1.Nagios Core

The best feature in this is that it offers external plugins support to monitor and collect metrics, which has increased its utility manifolds. It is a highly flexible and scalable monitoring software.

2. Zabbix

It is highly scalable and detects problem states automatically within the incoming metric flow. It also offers encryption between all components and authentication methods. We can also build custom templates. It also offers analysis of the root cause of any event.

3.Checkmark Raw Edition

It is very simple and easy to use. It supports log-based and event-based monitoring. Its vast customisation options and auto-discovery features make it more resourceful.

4.Lansweeper SNMP Freeware

By using this, we can remotely make changes to the scanned computers. We can even schedule complete network scans by IP address ranges. We can also find the software installed on the network by its software inventory and auditing feature. It is highly scalable.

5.Cacti

This helps collect data from almost any networking device and presents the findings in a very robust graphical presentation. We can create templates and save them to use later for similar devices. We can also add multiple users with controlled permissions. The data collected on this is stored permanently.

6.OpenNMS

It offers numerous customisation options. It enables a quick auto-discovery of the network. The availability of the network also is checked remotely. We can also facilitate the user to receive event notifications over the e-mail.

7.Intermapper Free version

It discovers and maps the entire network very fast and uses colour-coded statuses to tell what’s up and what’s down the network. It helps maximise the up-time. And troubleshooting is much faster in this.

8.Wireshark

It offers good filtering, grouping, and analysing abilities. It supports almost every protocol and can let analysis at microscopic levels.

9.Nmap

Network Mapper is used to scanning vulnerabilities over a network. It does a port scan to determine whether the ports are open, closed, or filtered by a firewall and displays any security risks that exist on those ports.

10.PRTG Network Monitor (free edition)

The best part about this is that it is easy to set-up and its auto-discovery feature lets you map out your entire network. With its continuous monitoring and in-depth insight into the performance of your network, you can never miss an event or problem in your network.

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