Looking for a network monitoring tool (CRC, frame, packet loss, etc.)

Posted on 2006-05-16
Last Modified: 2013-12-07
I am having a dumb moment. I cannot seem to find a tool (free or cost) that will display real-time network statistics either for stand-alone or from computer to computer.

I know there is netstat and perfmon (which I am using right now) but I am looking for something more comprehensive. Besides I cannot find all the perimeters that netstat shows in perfmon.

I am looking for a real-time network error monitoring and recording tool that will help me diagnose a rather perplexing problem. See OPEN question:

Can anyone suggest a tool that works in Windows XP?  Ideally a tool that can *also* watch for network errors between two computers.

Thank you,
Question by:sconnell
    LVL 4

    Author Comment

    See OPEN question:

    For instance, when I am staring at an hour-glass (on the "problem" XP Pro workstation) I want to know why there is an hour-glass for such a long time (actually it appears as though File Explorer has locked up - more then 4 minutes will elapse). I do not have this problem on the other computer. Even though I have just about every error monitoring feature turned on in perfmon, it displays NONE!  

    *BUT* something is obviously wrong because netstat IS reporting errors!

    LVL 2

    Expert Comment

    maybe is ethereal a good option to capture all the packets

    hope this will help you further.
    LVL 4

    Author Comment

    Thanks cshipper: Ethereal is great and I use it often but it is not going to do what I want.

    I need a real time monitoring and graphing tool displaying network interface errors. Eccentially an enhanced GUI version of netstat.

    LVL 4

    Author Comment

    Sometimes (perhaps most of the time) the solution to a seemingly complex problem is so simple that one doesn't even consider it.

    I was so focused on finding a Microsoft fix (in the way of a registry correction or replacement of a component) I never considered that another problem I was experiencing was the cause of this one.

    The solution? Update the "Marvell Yukon 88E8001/8003/8010 PCI Gigabit Ethernet Controller" driver from version 7.x to (dated Sept. 19, 2005).
    I first tried removing all the networking and reinstalling. That did not help. What worked was asking Windows to automatically update the NIC driver. Amazingly and for a change Windows DID update this driver. I did not find this NIC driver version on ASUS's website.

    This begs the question, what would I do if I could not update the NIC driver?  For the most part, I will admit I got lucky!

    I still see an occasional, "The specified network name is no longer available" but not like before nor does Explorer "lock up."  

    Advice on how to grade this question are welcome.... but points are still available for any of the following suggestions:
    - eliminating this error ( "The specified network name is no longer available" )
    - suggesting a better File Explorer than File Explorer
    - A real-time GUI graphing and recording version of netstat

    Related questions:

    Accepted Solution

    PAQed with points refunded (125)

    Community Support Moderator

    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    How to improve team productivity

    Quip adds documents, spreadsheets, and tasklists to your Slack experience
    - Elevate ideas to Quip docs
    - Share Quip docs in Slack
    - Get notified of changes to your docs
    - Available on iOS/Android/Desktop/Web
    - Online/Offline

    Network ports are the threads that hold network communication together. They are an essential part of networking that can be easily ignore or misunderstood, my goals is to show those who don't have a strong network foundation how network ports opera…
    If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.   Tips on how to secure IoT devices, even the dumbest ones, so they can't be used as part of a DDoS botnet.  Use PRTG Network Monitor as one of the building blocks, to detect unusual…
    After creating this article (, I decided to make a video (no audio) to show you how to configure the routers and run some trace routes and pings between the 7 sites…
    Here's a very brief overview of the methods PRTG Network Monitor ( offers for monitoring bandwidth, to help you decide which methods you´d like to investigate in more detail.  The methods are covered in more detail in o…

    737 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    23 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now