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Windows based neetwork monitoring tool

I need software the will run on Windows XP that I can use to monitor the performance of my network routers and switches (2 ea.). I have found some good Linux tools but most of the Windows based tools are quite expensive. The free ones are not much use and I don't want to spent money on several that don't work. Any suggestions.
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jimmylew52
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grahamnonweilerCommented:
Take a look at Wireshark - it will handle a fair amount of what you want to do and its free even for Windows!

http://www.wireshark.org/
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Bradley HaynesCommented:
Whats up Gold is excellent, however it is not free.
Another on I have used is Altiris.
Altiris is a provider of IT service-oriented management software enabling IT asset management, network security management and more.

OR take your pick at the free ones here:
http://netsecurity.about.com/cs/hackertools/a/aafreenetmon.htm
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lrmooreCommented:
Don't laugh, but check out
TheDude is pretty cool for a freebie...
http://www.mikrotik.com/thedude.php
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benhansonCommented:
For bandwidth monitoring, Cacti is very nice.  For traffic stats broken down by protocol, try NTop.  The openxtra ntop is 100% painless.  The cacti install is a bit harder, although there is a beta unified installer that works pretty well.

Cacti main site:
http://www.cacti.net/

Windows package installer:
http://files.davehope.co.uk/cacti/


NTop
http://www.openxtra.co.uk/freestuff/ntop-xtra.php
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jimmylew52Author Commented:
More than one of the offered solutions look lke they will work well. I will evaluate all and choose.

Thank you for your input.
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