Wireshark is an interactive network protocol analyser and capture utility software. It provides for detailed inspection of hundreds of protocols and is compatible on multiple platforms. It is one of the most well-known and efficient network software. It also provides features such as live capture and offline analysis; standard three-pane packet browser; multi-platform i.e. it supports Windows, macOS, Linux, Solaris, NetBSD, FreeBSD, and many others; captured network data can be seen using a GUI, or the TTY-mode TShark utility; provides most powerful display filters and rich VoIP analysis.
- Spiceworks Network Monitor
Spiceworks network monitor offers a free robust network monitor. It also offers network inventory management, mobile device management and IT helpdesk software for free. It offers wide variety of services such as web traffic reporting, server monitoring, bandwidth management, real time analytics, resource management, alerts, uptime tracking and diagnostic tools, which makes it a good choice.
- Microsoft message analyzer
Microsoft message analyzer can be used for capturing, displaying, and analysing protocol messaging traffic, events, and other system or application messages in network troubleshooting and diagnostics. It offers several features such as network tracing, data retrieval, data viewing, data filtering, asset management etc. Message Analyzer also provide support to load, aggregate and analyze data from logged and saved trace files. With Message Analyzer, you are able to capture local and remote traffic live or even can load archived message collections from various data sources simultaneously.
It is one of the best network monitoring software which provide network administrators ability to monitor system, protocol, application, database, logs and bandwidth efficiently. It is cross-platform software which was initially released in March 2002 with the most stable version updated in 2018. It is written in C-language. Nagios provides network with a detailed visibility and scalability, helping troubleshoot problems that arises with multiple networks and geographical separation.
It is highly integrated open source platform designed as a network monitoring solution. There are two editions of OpenNMS, Meridian and Horizon. Using Meridian is recommended for enterprises and businesses looking for stability and long-term support. Whereas, Horizon is ideal for monitoring new technologies and IT ecosystems. OpenNMS is based on an event-driven architecture. Events are created, if services, interfaces, or nodes go down or thresholds have been exceeded. SNMP traps and syslog messages are locked into events and can be used to create high-level alarm workflows.
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