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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 9.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Network Performance Monitoring

    Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.1

    Nmap

    81%
    Nmap ranks higher in 10/10 features

    Automated network device discovery

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    13 Ratings

    Network monitoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    13 Ratings

    Baseline threshold calculation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.9
    99%
    7 Ratings

    Alerts

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.2
    92%
    4 Ratings

    Network capacity planning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    7 Ratings

    Packet capture analysis

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    6 Ratings

    Network mapping

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.5
    95%
    18 Ratings

    Customizable reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.8
    48%
    11 Ratings

    Wireless infrastructure monitoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.9
    99%
    8 Ratings

    Hardware health monitoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    5 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Nmap is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.4

    Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution

    94%
    13 Ratings
    9.7

    Nmap

    97%
    20 Ratings

    Support Rating

    7.6

    Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution

    76%
    6 Ratings
    8.7

    Nmap

    87%
    18 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution

    Although Cisco Prime [LAN Management Solution] is a nice tool and no other 4rd party tools can match its native monitoring and managing capabilities still i have given less rating and that's because it is only for Cisco vendor Devices. Hence if you have only Cisco infrastructure then go for it or else look for another 4rd party tool in conjunction with Cisco prime.
    Rekha Yadav | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Nmap

    If you're a sysadmin, or anyone who's had to deploy network services, you've almost certainly had to use Nmap at some point or other. Need to see what devices are on your LAN? Nmap can tell you that. Want to check which ports your web server has open to the internet? Nmap is your friend.
    Nmap is a powerful command-line tool and has many options that require some reading of documentation to get the best out of (although generally straightforward). If the thought of working at the command-line scares you (presumably not if you're reading this review), then you may want a much simpler tool, or at least check out Zenmap GUI.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution

    • Wireless file detection and planning mode has helped us expand into new areas of our buildings.
    • Alerting is detailed when we have issues with hardwired and wireless devices, and Rogue Access Points are easily identifiable.
    • Cisco equipment information is much more detailed than other management products' SNMP queries and is an excellent tool for troubleshooting end-device connectivity issues.
    • Our KPI reporting for senior management and centralized management of our WIPS 'Wireless Intrusion Prevention' setup have both benefited significantly from the detailed reporting capabilities.
    Nilufa Hossain | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Nmap

    • NMap provides a very fast and a very thorough network "sweep" that allows you to quickly map out exactly what's on your network.
    • NMap is highly configurable. The "canned" choices are very good in most instances, but using various switches and options, you can create a very specific scan and get exactly the results you're looking for.
    • NMap is easy to use. Even a new administrator will be able to use the graphical version (Zenmap) with efficiency right away.
    Kenneth Hess | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution

    • Maps. One thing that I miss is the fact that you can't see both wired and wireless equipment in the same topology map. For visualization and troubleshooting purposes, that would help a lot, and I honestly don' t think it's that much harder to implement.
    • I'd love to see an option to show 'live dashboards,' maps, or other visual tools to publish in a NOC room, or even just to broadcast in a big monitor to allow multiple workmates to check that information. Again, I don't think that would be too hard to implement. I remember a similar feature was available in the first versions of the product, way back in the 90's (yes, I'm that old :-) )
    • Sometimes, depending on what screen you are, the solution can be a little slow. I'm not saying the whole system is slow, but sometimes that slowness can bother a little.
    • Talking about areas for improvement, one area I think can be improved is the upgrade process. Even for not so large deployments, it can take a lot of time. Having this time decreased would be the right thing to do.
    Eduardo Viero | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Nmap

    • exporting, There's a serious lack of ability to export the information in a readable format to present to VPs and such. I always find myself doing a lot of data massaging to get it in a pretty format
    • some scans can trigger sensitive IDS/IPS
    • SYN scans can be particularly aggressive and cause problems on remote systems.
    Mike Nostrom | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution

    General

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    No

    Starting Price

    Nmap

    General

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    No

    Starting Price

    Support Rating

    Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution

    Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution 7.6
    Based on 6 answers
    We are very happy using Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution for the following reason:1- Ease of use with the GUI.2- Very well organized dashboard which can view many statistics on your devices.3- Customized dashboard for different views ( for technical team and executives )4- Schedule configuration templates to use whenever we need on whatever device we want.
    Girgis Hady | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Nmap

    Nmap 8.7
    Based on 18 answers
    There is a very large support community and a robust selection of add-ons and scripts. Once you get the use down this is one of the most powerful tools and you can find anything you are looking for as far as examples on the web. While not having official support its not lacking by any means.
    Alan Matson, CCNA:S, MCP | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Alternatives Considered

    Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution

    There are various 3rd party tools available in the market which not only supports monitoring of cisco devices but also supports non-cisco devices, even with these capabilities in these 3rd party tools Cisco Prime has maintained a uniqueness in its products being the native tool from Cisco. The uniqueness is about product supportability for given devices and some of the edge features such as configuration management, detailed heatmaps etc
    Nikhil Kumar Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Nmap

    Alternatives to Nmap (other IP scanners) are often much more limited in what they can do; They often only allow you to scan a specific subset of ports or a limited number of IP addresses in one command. Nmap is unrestricted in that regard. What makes Nmap stand out above the rest, is the complete network analysis package you get with it. It allows IP scanner, network deep-dives, hardware analysis, vulnerability analysis, encryption detailing, and so much more, in one free application
    Dylan Eikelenboom | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution

    • It has helped us with our quarterly wireless security testing by pinpointing the location of non-approved access points vs. hunting for them via signal strength.
    • Saves time by helping to identify network health issues before they become a definitive problem causing downtime.
    • With errors detected early, we have noticed our wi-fi network is much more stable thus freeing up our engineer's time elsewhere.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Nmap

    • Positive return as it's open-source (free) on all OS's.
    • If a person is not used of the command line there are a ton of front ends that make it point-and-click so the learning curve is good. That cuts down on time and manpower.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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