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Likelihood to Recommend

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

PingPlotter

PingPlotter is great if all you need is a simple latency monitoring tool and the ability to see specifically where packets are being dropped in a nice graphical interface. This can be done with things like WinMTR but what sets it aside from tools like this is it can be run as a service so constant monitoring is available. The alerting is also very useful and flexible.However, when you need detailed monitoring this is obviously not the correct tool.
Fraser Clark | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Network Performance Monitoring

Nmap
8.4
PingPlotter
8.7
Automated network device discovery
Nmap
8.6
PingPlotter
Network monitoring
Nmap
8.8
PingPlotter
8.0
Baseline threshold calculation
Nmap
8.5
PingPlotter
Alerts
Nmap
8.8
PingPlotter
10.0
Network capacity planning
Nmap
8.1
PingPlotter
Packet capture analysis
Nmap
7.4
PingPlotter
Network mapping
Nmap
9.3
PingPlotter
Customizable reports
Nmap
8.0
PingPlotter
8.0
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
Nmap
8.3
PingPlotter
Hardware health monitoring
Nmap
8.0
PingPlotter

Pros

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

PingPlotter

  • Latency monitoring
  • Traceroute
  • Alerting
  • It's lightweight
Fraser Clark | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

PingPlotter

  • User-interface
  • Performance of the application
  • Documentation
Fraser Clark | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Nmap

Nmap 7.9
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

PingPlotter

PingPlotter 9.0
Based on 1 answer
I have not had much contact with the PingPlotter support, only one time have I went to them and it was a positive experience. The questions I had were answered quickly and professionally. I have no issue with the experience I had with the Support team. This was from before and after the purchase of the product.
Fraser Clark | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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

PingPlotter

I have tried a few free products and some paid ones but never really did what I wanted. I just needed a simple, always-on link monitor specifically with a traceroute element and this is what PingPlotter delivers. The others were either overly complex or too expensive, some just didn't have what I needed. PingPlotter fills a niche and it does it well.
Fraser Clark | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

PingPlotter

  • Ability to work out where the network was degrading, reduced time spent arguing about where issues lie.
  • Always able to see the latency of certain links.
  • Very cheap for a lifetime license, it definitely has given us value for the money.
Fraser Clark | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Nmap

General

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

Nmap Editions & Modules

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PingPlotter

General

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

PingPlotter Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
PingPlotter Free$01
PingPlotter Standard39.991
PingPlotter Professional$3491
  1. per user
SaaS Edition
PingPlotter Free$01
PingPlotter Standard6.992
PingPlotter Professional$292
  1. per user
  2. per user per month
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