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Score 9.4 out of 100

PingPlotter

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Score 8.6 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • PingPlotter ranks higher in 1 feature set: Network Performance Monitoring

Network Performance Monitoring

8.1

Nmap

81%
8.4

PingPlotter

84%
Nmap ranks higher in 8/10 features

Automated network device discovery

8.5
85%
13 Ratings
8.6
86%
8 Ratings

Network monitoring

9.0
90%
13 Ratings
9.0
90%
11 Ratings

Baseline threshold calculation

9.9
99%
7 Ratings
8.9
89%
9 Ratings

Alerts

9.2
92%
4 Ratings
7.8
78%
10 Ratings

Network capacity planning

7.0
70%
7 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Packet capture analysis

7.0
70%
6 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Network mapping

9.5
95%
18 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Customizable reports

4.7
47%
11 Ratings
7.7
77%
8 Ratings

Wireless infrastructure monitoring

9.9
99%
8 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Hardware health monitoring

6.0
60%
5 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Nmap is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • PingPlotter is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.7

Nmap

97%
20 Ratings
8.7

PingPlotter

87%
11 Ratings

Support Rating

8.7

Nmap

87%
18 Ratings
9.0

PingPlotter

90%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

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

PingPlotter

Great when considering a simple latency watching tool with traceability where you can be able to go back to historical data and view actions that had been taken on common scenarios to help resolve those issues. It's particularly helpful in troubleshooting issues outside of the organization's network perimeter thus addressing any concerns that our customers might have on their network.
Candy Joey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

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

PingPlotter

  • It is good in identifying and detecting internal network issues.
  • It is helpful in decreasing the duration of troubleshooting.
  • Latency monitoring is another feature of this platform that makes it a great diagnostic tool.
  • Alerts feature.
  • Baseline threshold calculation is another plus of this tool.
Carol-Guðrún McComb | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

PingPlotter

  • Interface looks quite outdated and isn't that easy to use.
  • The documentation of the tool needs more work.
  • Have had Alerts not work a few times, but I believe that the issue is fixed now.
  • Some settings are quite tricky and not that easy to find.
Dimitar Samarov | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Nmap

General

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

Starting Price

Nmap Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

PingPlotter

General

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

Starting Price

$0 per user

PingPlotter Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
PingPlotter Free$0.001
PingPlotter Standard$39.991
PingPlotter Professional$349.001
  1. per user
SaaS Edition
PingPlotter Free$0.001
PingPlotter Standard$6.992
PingPlotter Professional$29.002
  1. per user
  2. per user per month
Additional Pricing Details

Support Rating

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

PingPlotter

PingPlotter 9.0
Based on 2 answers
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

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

PingPlotter

A balance of a generic tool vs a network equipment product is necessary when investigating network incidents or disruptions. Need to train the engineer to use both tools to perform their analysis and to dive down to the issues as fast as they can. Experience with the tools will continue to play a part if we were to adopt PingPlotter
Anonymous | 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

  • Great ROI, troubleshooting time has been reduced by 90%
  • Network Discoveries used to take 2 to 3 hours and were inconsistent - now it is a matter of minutes
  • lacks integration into our MSP toolkit, and we now use it as a stand alone product
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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