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Networking Monitoring Utilities

Our Top Picks
Advanced Administrative Tools Size: 1,080K Shareware $39.95
A multithreaded network diagnostic tool. Its purpose is to accumulate data pertaining to network status and availability, using all of the latest development tools in network research. It is a 9-in-1 utility, including Port Scanner,  Proxy Analyzer, CGI Analyzer, Email Verifier, Links Analyzer, Network Status, Process Info, Whois and System Info.
Attacker Size: 25k Freeware
A TCP/UDP port listener. You provide a list of ports to listen on and the program will notify you when a connection or data arrives at the port(s). Can minimize to the system tray and play an audible alert. This program is intended to act as a guard dog to notify you of attempted probes to your computer via the Internet.
Atelier Web Security Port Scanner Size: 1,530k Shareware $30.00
An innovative network diagnostic tool that adds a new dimension of capabilities to the arsenal of network administrators, information security professionals and all people concerned with safety on PCs. It features a top-notch TCP port scanner and is the only available network tool for the Windows platform able to scan UDP ports. It includes an internal database currently reporting on 3346 ports (officially assigned, unofficially used, or currently affected by network Trojan Horses), which translates to more than 5000 references. Provides instant information about connections and listening ports; Tcp, Udp and Icmp statistics; complete routing information; IP statistics and settings; addressing information; net to media table and interfaces. and is the only known tool able to discover which programs are using ports on the PC. Even Trojan Horses that use stealth techniques and change ports frequently are easily exposed.
Didyma Size: 300k Freeware
A network documentation and monitoring tool based on ICMP (ping) and TCP ports that contains a graphical interface to design and document your computer networks. It also gives a graph of the status of the nodes in your network, including its history and will raise an alarm (including mail notification) if an event (i.e. a change of status of a node) occurs. You also can view the status of your network remotely with a browser via the Didyma HTTP service.
IP Ultra Monitor 2000 Size: 3,900k Freeware
Monitors TCP/IP ports on remote servers (e.g. HTTP,FTP, SMTP, DNS) and/or monitors network device status by ICMP ping. Monitor TCP Services (FTP, NNTP, SMTP, HTTP) on remote devices. Devices are checked every 1 to 60 minutes (user specified.) Tracks last error message, number of successful and non-successful connections. Option to send an Email if failures are detected (user specified failure interval.) Requires VB 6 Runtime Library
IP Ultra Scan 2000 Size: 1,900k Freeware
A great tool for network administrators.  It will perform a ping on all the IP address ranges you manage, providing you with IP address usage statistics and utilization.  All statistics are kept in a Microsoft Access database for you to manipulate as you see fit.  In addition, it will perform a port scan on responding devices to assist you in enforcing network policies.
NeoTrace Size: 791k Shareware: $29.95
NeoTrace is an award winning high-speed graphical traceroute with integrated whois and ping. It is extremely fast, simple to use and returns a wealth of information. NeoTrace is very popular for detecting network problems and finding net information, it is also a great tool for Spam hunters. Used by the FBI, US Customs, NATO, Interpol, and other government agencies.
Net.demon Size: 341k Shareware: $15.00
This complete suite of Internet utilities is integrated into one user-friendly interface. Instead of the tabbed dialog box used by most internet toolkits, net.demon uses the Windows MDI (multiple document interface), which means you can run multiple tools from within the same session. It also has a built-in text editor, so you can view data you may have saved from a previous session. This program includes the standard Internet tools such as whois, finger, traceroute, ping, and many others.
NetInfo Size: 1,533K Shareware $25.00
NetInfo is an award-winning ultimate network toolkit. Designed for both new and experienced users, NetInfo provides all the tools you need to help diagnose network problems and get information about users, hosts and networks on the Internet or on your Intranet.
NetScanTools 4 Size: 1,672k Shareware $25.00
A collection of common and specialized utilities that have their roots in the UNIX© operating system. NetScanTools brings them to the Windows? environment commonly found in the home and business environment. NetScanTools© network client utilities list: Name Server Lookup (NSLOOKUP), Zone Transfer domain listing, Ping, Traceroute, Whois with automatic server selection, Port Scanner, Network Ping Sweep Scanner (NetScanner), Time Sync, Finger, Ident Server, NetBIOS Info and local shares, Daytime, Quote, Chargen, Echo, Winsock Info, Services and Protocols database checks, Telnet-like Terminal, Hosts file Management and "What's New At NWPSW"--a simple URL grabber.
QCheck Size: 5.51Mb Freeware
Qcheck is a free troubleshooting utility that tests network response time, throughput, and streaming performance. Qcheck generates traffic that emulates actual application traffic,
giving a realistic measurement of how multiprotocol networks handle different types of applications, including large data transfer and streaming applications. Using Qcheck and
Performance Endpoints, you can test network performance between any two computers in your network, as long as you have installed endpoints in these computers in advance.
TCPView Professional Edition v1.0 Size: 1.9Mb Shareware $69.00
A cool network monitoring tool that examines TCP/IP activity on Windows-based systems. TCPView Pro lists all TCP and UDP endpoints on your system, including the remote address and state of TCP connections. With this utility, users can determine which process has an address open and what remote network addresses suspicious applications are accessing. The trial version is fully functional for 14 days. Published by www.winternals.com

TDImon Size: 52k Freeware
TDImon is an application that lets you monitor TCP and UDP activity on your local system. It is the most powerful tool available for tracking down network-related configuration problems and analyzing application network usage. TDImon gets its name from the fact that it monitors activity at the Transport Driver Interface (TDI) level of networking operations in the operating system kernel. This is the interface to protocol stacks such as TCP and UDP. Thus, the I/O activity shown by TDImon corresponds to TDI-formatted commands. Most TDI commands have direct correspondence with WinSock (the Windows socket API) functions, and thus are easy to interpret. For documentation on TDI and the commands shown in TDImon, please see the Windows 2000 DDK, available for free download from Microsoft's web site.
WS_Ping Pro Pack Size: 800k Shareware:$37.50
Provides all the tools you need to help diagnose network problems and get information about users, hosts, and networks on the Internet or on your intranet. With WS_Ping ProPack you can: Verify connectivity to a particular device on your network; Quantitatively test data connections between your computer and a remote system; Trace the path to a network host or device; Obtain information on host names and IP addresses; Scan your network and list devices and network services; View summary information about a network host or device,  including the official hostname, IP address, and contact information (from the Whois database); View Simple Network Management Protocol values as well as Windows network domains, hosts, and workstations; Search information (such as user's full names and e-mail addresses) available through LDAP
VisualRoute Size: 2,330k Shareware:$37.50
A visual, fast, and integrated ping, whois, and traceroute program that automatically analyzes connectivity problems, displaying the results on a World map. VisualRoute combines ping, whois, and traceroute all into one program with the point and click ease of a graphical interface.
 
Other Software Sites:

If you are looking for additional sources of Utilities, try these sites:

Beverly Hills Software
This sites been around a long time, and they do a great job. Software is rated, and easy to find, but some days the site seems a little slow.

NTWare.com  
Great site, although a bit tough to navigate. Literally hundreds of programs are available.

System Tools.com

SunBelt Software
Sunbelt Software is the world's first and largest provider of 'Best of Breed' NT Utilities. You get mainframe quality tech support, and the best tools all from one source. They also have a few great mailing lists, an online Tech "University", and a tech Glossary.

TuCows  
Well organized, and fast. Gotta love a page that gives a "Five Cow" rating for software. However, you may have to wade through a ton of end user software before you get to applications that you may actually find useful.

Winfiles.com NT Shareware
One of our favorite sites. All of software is well organized, lists license status, price, size, download time, etc., and the site is searchable.

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