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A great set of tools if you want to really know what is happening on your network:




Network Usage Monitors


Tools for checking your monthly downloads and upload/download speeds:



Networx (v5.2.3 - www.softperfect.com)


The best of the lot. Bandwidth monitor, real-time graph of up/download rates and totals. Hourly, daily, and monthly usage statistics. Pie graph of quota usage. Also includes a speed meter, ping, trace route, netstats, and a port monitor!



BitMeter2 (v3.5.8 - http://codebox.org.uk)


Doesn't work on Windows 7 64-bit unfortunately. On XP, great little BW monitor, gives real-time graph of up/download rate and totals, has excellent history logs.



Rokario (v2.0.1 - www.rokario.com)


Bandwidth monitor, real-time graph of up/download rates and totals, and has history log. Not as good as BitMeter2, but works. Resets the adaptor each start up to the wrong one, and logs only give each day and not month total.



Network Activity Indicator (v1.6 - www.itsamples.com)


Shows a little network activity monitor in system tray that flashes when network traffic, kind of pointless as already have the windows network icon and Comodo.



(Tested: NetMeter (Doesn't run), NetStatLive (Shows down/upload rates, total usages, and CPU usage), Road Kill's Comm Test (Monitors the speed between two computers, transfer speed latency, packet loss) )





Port Monitors


Tools for checking what your Network Interface Card (NIC) is doing. Lists network statistics, MAC, IP, DNS, and gateway addresses, active ports and associated applications. The advanced tools even perform traffic capture and analysis:



Current Ports (v2.01 - www.nirsoft.net)


Gives a full listing of all open ports, gives port state and associated source/destination IP address/Port Number, also lists the associated process and program for each port. You can then right-click to get full information of the associated program details, or close the port or associated process. In Options, can filter listed ports by UDP/TCP/IPv6, Listening/Established/Closed, Known/Unknown State/Remote Address. Can also create Advanced Filter to include/exclude specific IP/port addresses or applications.



Karens LAN monitor (v1.4.4 - www.karenware.com/powertools/ptlanmon.asp)


Displays information about every network adapter on this computer, including speed, IP address, DHCP lease information. Also shows all current connections between your computer and others on the local network or internet, real-time traffic statistics, including bytes sent and received, transmission errors, and network connection load factors. Need to make sure it is set to the correct network adapter.


Adapter Watch (v1.05 - www.nirsoft.net)


Lists basic NetStats information such as adapter/MAC/IP/DHCP/DNS addresses and traffic statistics. Not as much information as Karens LAN monitor.



NetSetMan (v3.4.4 - www.netsetman.com)


Gets and sets your PC NIC settings - IP address, Gateway, DNS, WINS, WiFi Networks, DNS Domain SMTP, NetDrive, Hosts, IPv6 Adapter Status. Also has links to many of the Windows Network Control Panel pages. To load data, select your network adapter at the top, then Profile > Get Current Settings. More information available in task bar tray (MAC, public IP address).



WireShark (v1.2.6 - www.wireshark.org)


Full spec traffic capture and analysis (research level). Captures all data going through the network card, highlights traffic of different types (including data fields), decrypts headers and data, even gives text summary of contents of the message... nuf sed. Full statistical breakdown of captured data.



EtherSnoop (v1.11 - http://ethersnoop.en.softonic.com)


Network sniffer captures and analyses packets (protocol analyser) going through the network. Captures the data passing through dial-up connection or network Ethernet card, analyses the data and represents it in a readable form. Can filter out unwanted packets. Captures IP packets on your LAN and parse and decode protocol packets (protocol header info, data shown as hex) (Ethernet, ARP, IP, ICMP, TCP, UDP).


(Tested: VStat (Does same as Current Ports in theory, but not as good.))





LAN Scanners


Tools to scan your Local Area Network (LAN). Discovers what devices are on you LAN and their configuration settings:



Advanced Port Scanner (v1.3 - www.radmin.com)


Pings then scans any/all ports at any IP address. Shows open/closed ports (reply/no reply). For open ports, shows associated protocol. In theory, double click port to open telnet session.



Newt Pro (v2.5 - www.komodolabs.com)


A network administration tool for scanning devices on a LAN. Scans the attached LAN for all pcs and devices. Gives a full listing of all available system data for each scanned device found, including hardware and processor details, OS details, available and used memory, shared devices, system settings, installed programs, startup lists, enabled services. Need to set up firewall/admin rights etc to get these details from the other devices.





Wireless Network Scanners


Tools to scan the airwaves to see what other devices there are out there:



Wireless Net View (v1.40 - www.nirsoft.net)


Scans 802.1a/b/g channel frequencies, and lists all wireless access points with signal strength. Lists SSIDs, Channel Numbers and Frequencies, Signal Strengths (%, RSSI), MAC addresses, and Enabled Security Protocols.



Wireless Key View (v1.40 - www.nirsoft.net)


Gets all wireless keys stored on your PC for your user account (doesn't work).



(Tested: Zamzom (barely any info, need to get pro version), Net Stumbler (can't find network card), MyWiFiZone (for XP - might not work, need to manually install driver))





IP Tracing


Tools for running IP diagnostics. Get local IP addresses, ping and traceroute across the internet to remote devices, get DNS and WhoIs information on URLs and more:



Get IP (v1.54 - www.glynsoft.com)


A little widget that gets the PC hostname and IP address of the PC it's on. And that's all. Quite good though.


Ping Easy (v9.39 - www.pingeasy.com)


Allows you to ping an individual IP address, and responds with the ping result. Or ping scan an IP range giving a list of all IP addresses that responded. Have to add to Comodo trusted applications at application end, and add Allow IP In/Out rule for sender IP address at the other receiver ends (also for ICMP?). Fun little LAN device discovery tool, but won't find devices that have a firewall that block/ignore unsolicited IP/ICMP requests.


IP Tools (v2.58 - www.ks-soft.net)


The all round IP tracing tool. Has local hardware and port information, summary traffic stats, active TCP port info, local NIC NetBios info, IP/SNMP/HostName/LANActivePorts/Ping Scanners, Ping, Traceroute (URLs and IP addresses, can also get DNS info on each hop), WhoIs, Finger, NS Lookup, Get Time, Telnet, HTTP, IP/Host Monitors, and Trap Watcher. Very useful tool. Free 30 day trial, then need to buy license ($20).


Ping Plotter (v3.40 - www.pingplotter.com)


Carries out recursive trace route graphs to a given IP/URL address, and draws a graph of min/max/average response times for each node along the route, also lists DNS names if enabled/available. A nice graphical representation of time it takes to travel from source to destination.





Remote Connection


Tools for connecting and remote servers and remote desk-topping:


File Zilla (v3.6.0 - http://filezilla-project.org)


Use FileZilla to open a standard FTP (File Transfer Protocol) connection to a remote server. FTP then allows you to copy files between the local and remote machine, rename, or delete files etc.


Putty (v0.26 - www.extraputty.com)


Is a tool for logging onto remote Unix/Linux servers from your PC via an SSH (Secure Shell), Telnet, rlogin, or raw TCP connection. When connected, it provides a shell for running commands on the remote server. To run graphical applications on the remote sever, you will need to use the XMing environment.


XMing (v7.5 - www.straightrunning.com/XmingNotes)


XMing is a Unix/Linux environment emulator (X Server) for Windows 7 that allows you to connect to a remote Unix/Linux server from your local Windows machine (using Putty). From your Putty session you can then start a graphical application held on the remote server, and XMing will display the application window and allow you to interact with it as a standard Unix remote session.



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