Network diagnostic tools

I am looking for some  Windows based LAN software tools, anything that would help to optimize a small LAN for better data throughput and reduce latency..any suggestions would be appreciated..

I have less then 20 NIC devices on my network

Maybe even some recommended settings for optimizing a managed gigabit switch or Server/Workstation NIC cards.

Any tool I could use to show management the network is performing satisfactory.

I will try to  spread the points around as much as possible.

Thanks in advance!
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Checkout spiceworks, it is internet based and should be able to give you the info you need. Another option could be wireshark, but it would require some reading to understand the output.
what managed switch are you using?
sullendAuthor Commented:
DELL PowerConnect 5324
You can get switch and port performance info with the browser based management on the switch in the statistics section. For more charting and graphing capability you would need to use an SNMP network management application.

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