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Graphic Network Traffic monitoring software

I am interested in evaluating network monitoring software.
The ideal display of the traffic would show all active computers/servers/printers on the network in a circle.  Traffic between two deviceswould show as a line between the devices. The thickness of the line would imply the volume of the traffic; optionally the line would be labeled with the volume of the traffic.
I manage a windows SBS 2003 network with a maximum of 45 computers/printers active a any one time.
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rblembke
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MidnightOneCommented:
rblembke:

First one that springs to mind is Sniffer Pro. It's brutally expensive, but definitely has that feature.

HAND

MidnightOne
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rblembkeAuthor Commented:
MidnightOne
A search on "Sniffer Pro" took me to their website, but they do not have a trial download and as you stated is very expensive.
I took second look at the search results and found this link, which compares Sniffer Pro and ethereal; but it is from 2001.
http://www.ethereal.com/lists/ethereal-users/200109/msg00122.html
This lead me to a link for etherman; which, unfortunately is not a windows product.
So my search continues.

Russ
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MidnightOneCommented:
rblembke:

Ethereal doesn't go the circular graphing you want, but it a fantastic package overall.

Having used down, I'll take Ethereal without PLP over Sniffer Pro anyday.

HTH

MidnightOne

PLP = pretty little pictures. ;-)
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rblembkeAuthor Commented:
I have started looking at ethereal.
Do you (or anyone else) know if anone is making add-ons for ethereal?
Do you know if the data from ethereal can be exported, so I can make my own PLP's?

Russ
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MidnightOneCommented:
rblembke:

Etheral saves in a variety of formats, most notably libcap; this is roughly analogous to ASCII for network captures.

HTH

MidnightOne
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