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We are looking for the best tool for the money that will perform a complete network analysis.  

The inventory report will include rogue access points as well as network devices including hubs, routers, switches, modems (including DSL and ISDN) and anything else connected on the network in addition to the standard computer inventory.
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by:Serge Fournier
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winventory is good for software and pc

but for hardware network related, i would use visio and do it manually


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by:JustWorking
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Solarwinds is one of the best in my opinion:
http://www.solarwinds.com/products/
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Sounds like you need DeviceExpert and/or OpManager or some combination of software from adventnet.

http://manageengine.adventnet.com/products/device-expert/index.html
http://manageengine.adventnet.com/products/opmanager/index.html 

They have trials and free versions so you can try before you buy if you need to buy at all.
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by:Kamran Arshad
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Hi,

Please check out the below solutions;

Spiceworks            www.spiceworks.com                      Open-Source
PHPmyInventory        phpmyinventory.sourceforge.net      Open-Source
NetInvent          sourceforge.net/projects/netinvent/           Open-Source
GLPI                    glpi-project.org      Open-Source
SOSOS                home.hot.rr.com      Open-Source
Global Network Inventory      www.magnetosoft.com      Propriety
Autotask      www.autotask.com      Propriety
Alloy                   www.alloy-software.com      Propriety
Assyst                   www.axiossystems.com      Propriety
DEKSI Network Inventory       www.deksoftware.com      Propriety
Belarc Advisor                 www.belarc.com      Propriety
Steel Inventory         www.steelsonic.com      Propriety
Dude                  mikrotik.com/thedude.php      Propriety
SysAID               www.ilient.com      Propriety

Personal recommendation is using SpiceWorks.
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by:mrsam3
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i am looking for specific software that can point out hubs on the network?
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As long as your hub can do snmp any network management software will be able to detect them.
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we want to be able to find old unmanaged hubs...
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Without SNMP or an IP address on the hub there is no way to know if one exists on your network without doing a physical wire inspection. Typically any device on your network that is connecting at 10M Half-duplex is more than likely connected to a hub. You can try to use Solarwinds Mac Address Discovery http://www.solarwinds.com/products/toolsets/discovery_tools.aspx , however the best way maybe to physically inspect the cabling and then in a connecting router see if you can do a static arp assignment for the hub. that way you should be able to see if on future scans.
Check out theses post/links as well:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Misc/Q_20568956.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_hub
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