Network Probe 1.0
While not a programmers’ tool, per se, Oslo, Norway-based ObjectPlanet’s Network Probe is nonetheless a very competent and intuitive way to see what’s going on across your network. First, you configure Network Probe’s server to collect the details. Then you can use its Java-based client application with any Java-enabled Web browser to view the results in real time. In our tests, Network Probe captured a tremendous amount of data and displayed it in what seemed like an endless variety of ways. Generating real-time views of protocols in use, Internet conversations and filtered traffic reports was easy. There are tables and graphs, and all the sorting and searching capabilities you would expect, as well as the ability to do simple exports. You can also automatically configure Network Probe to save its statistics daily so that reporting on a past period or comparing your metrics is straightforward. We were glad to see that the company thoughtfully includes an automatic (and configurable) cleanout tool, too, as this is the kind of data that can grow rapidly. For network monitoring or tracking down errant traffic, Network Probe is a winner.
—Robert A. DelRossi
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