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"NETWORK, MAGIC" ALTERNATIVE

Posted on 2013-06-14
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I am almost afraid to ask this question. Why? Because the subject matter is not necessarily technical so much as it is a subjective opinion - so no one is right and no one is wrong, But, as I have told most people, "Quid Est Veritas" What is Truth? In point of fact Truth does not exist - there is only Perspective.

Now the question: Let's face it, with Cisco, "Network Magic" is dead. I am seeking a replacement for it; namely, I have come up with two alternatives: NetGuru & HomeNet Manager (which apparently has support issues).
I am seeking subjective responses from members as to a good alternative to the now deceased Network Magic.
Thank You!  GadgetDude
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by:btan
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PRTG Network Monitor (free 10 sensors for the freeware) with more than 170 sensor types. check out the reports, aggregated statistics,  auto-discovery scan etc. The licensing options are based on the number of sensors (not on the number of devices or IPs). We define one (1) sensor as any particular, individual monitoring entity. One sensor monitors one network service, one URL, one network connection, one port of a switch, one NetFlow export stream, one CPU load, one disk drive, etc. PRTG Network Monitor consists of two parts: the core server and the remote probes. The probes monitor the network and send the data to the core server.

@ http://www.paessler.com/prtg/features
@ http://www.paessler.com/prtg/screenshots

Spiceworks has extensive scripts and big community backing
@ http://www.spiceworks.com/app/network-management/
@ http://community.spiceworks.com/networking/groups


Axence NetTools Pro for network scanning, monitoring and administration. Checking out its manual you can see there are various functional arsenal in this toolkit e.g Netwatch, Wintool, Netcheck (more details in manual). It has the commercial ones called nVision Network worth exploring e.g. Network discovery and visualization
@ http://www.axencesoftware.com/en/nettools
@ http://www.axencesoftware.com/en/nvision/network

Actually if visualisation is one key interest, check out "TheDude"
@ http://www.mikrotik.com/thedude
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Since I admit shortcomings in my lack of understand of all things "network," I will study your suggestions and get back in a few days (weekend).
It appears that most of what you suggest is very powerful and sophisticated; and I only what to monitor my wireless home network (a much smaller situation than business or corporate needs).
I am very grateful for your response and it is greatly appreciated.
Will Talk Soon.  GadgetDude
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btan earned 1400 total points
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Sure they are nit as complicated just that with those data collected, the intelligence to derived is still dependent on user objective and interpretation. There is simple one from nirsoft @http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_view.html
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