How do I monitor a network

Posted on 2009-02-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I am new to network monitoring.
I think that the network connection in my network goes down once and a while for some seconds. I don't know if it's the hardware or the cables or the computers.
Is there a tool that monitor the network so that I can find what the problem is?
I have 8 pc's running (XP) and 1 SBS 2003 with AD. There is a switch, no router.
Thank you for your help
best regards.

Question by:TDiscart
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    If all you really need to do is find out which PCs/connections are going down, then this free program should help troubleshoot and isolate the problem.

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    You can check out the below applications for network monitoring;


    SolarWinds Orion      Propriety
    Adventnet OP Manager      Propriety
    CommView      Propriety
    Observer      Propriety

    Open-Source NMS            

    Ntop      LAMP based NMS
    Bandwidthd      LAMP based NMS
    Etherape      LAMP based NMS
    MRTG      RRDTool
    Cacti      RRDTool

    Personal recommendations are using NTOP, Cacti or Adventnet OP Manager.

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