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Score 9 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Colasoft Capsa

Capsa is highly recommended to be used in small dense areas of a network where it makes sense to be able to run analytics off of a mirror port to gain insight into traffic trends. It is a costly product to install in branch locations, and requires a decent spec hardware to run appropriately
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nmap

NMap is well suited to just about any situation, network size, or complexity. Some have brought up the point that NMap's proxy settings need work. I haven't used NMap with a proxy. NMap is my "go to" tool for a cursory security sweep. Once a problem is found, I can perform a deeper dive scan on a system or a network. I wouldn't, and don't, use NMap as my only security tool. No single tool has all the answers. For example, it is not a Wireshark in that it does not capture packets or analyze them. It is basically a port scanner, host discovery, OS detection tool.
Kenneth Hess | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Network Performance Monitoring

Colasoft Capsa
Nmap
8.4
Automated network device discovery
Colasoft Capsa
Nmap
8.6
Network monitoring
Colasoft Capsa
Nmap
8.8
Baseline threshold calculation
Colasoft Capsa
Nmap
8.5
Alerts
Colasoft Capsa
Nmap
8.9
Network capacity planning
Colasoft Capsa
Nmap
8.1
Packet capture analysis
Colasoft Capsa
Nmap
7.4
Network mapping
Colasoft Capsa
Nmap
9.3
Customizable reports
Colasoft Capsa
Nmap
8.0
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
Colasoft Capsa
Nmap
8.3
Hardware health monitoring
Colasoft Capsa
Nmap
8.0

Pros

Colasoft Capsa

  • Robust Application. Able to handle traffic that most businesses will throw at it.
  • Easy to use. Easy to setup captures and filter down to specific traffic types.
  • Relatively cheap for what it's able to accomplish.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nmap

  • Nmap has a unique process of fingerprinting applications/devices to help us identify their communications patterns quicker.
  • Nmap can be used for network auditing by specifying whole subnets that you would like to scan for open/closed ports.
  • Nmap has a diverse presence and can be used from most operating systems.
Roger Mialkowski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Colasoft Capsa

  • Needs options to scale to 10Gb/s networks. The cutoff for performance looks to be around 3Gb/sl
  • Needs API access to trigger capturesl
  • Needs Agents for remote capturesl
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nmap

  • Maybe take some of the features of Zenmap and bake them in?
  • Include fancy extra graphical results charts or graphs or something to show people who you want to convey info too but have no idea what Nmap is actually doing.
  • I don't really think I'd change a lot actually.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Colasoft Capsa

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Nmap

Nmap 8.0
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

Colasoft Capsa

Colasoft performs more like the traditional wireshark as opposed to other solutions that tend to focus on graphs instead of giving you the raw data. I personally prefer the raw data, and then the ability to build graphs upon this (which Capsa can do). This allows for quicker analysis and makes it easier to relate to.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nmap

NMap usually lacks the features of the other network scanners, but for a good reason: most of the other network scanners out there are using NMap as part of their system. The nature of NMap (being open-source) is that it is available for use in other applications; as a result, these other applications make use of the NMap source code.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Colasoft Capsa

  • While the product doesn't detect malware, it has helped track down malware infected machines by using data from other applications to run filters to look for known traffic destinations for that malware. For me this is a huge ROI since malware can be the great unknown.
  • Relatively cheap compared to the feature set.
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

Pricing Details

Colasoft Capsa

General

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

Nmap

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Colasoft Capsa
9.0
Nmap
9.7

Support Rating

Colasoft Capsa
Nmap
8.0

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