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31 Ratings
Top Rated
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Score 9.5 out of 100
47 Ratings
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Score 6.7 out of 100

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

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

It's best suited for large/multinational organisations with complex networks with limited qualified personnel across every location. However, I wouldn't recommend it for a small organisation with a very simple network architecture.
Victor Adebayo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Network Performance Monitoring

Nmap
8.4
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
6.7
Automated network device discovery
Nmap
8.6
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
8.0
Network monitoring
Nmap
8.8
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
7.7
Baseline threshold calculation
Nmap
8.5
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
Alerts
Nmap
8.8
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
8.9
Network capacity planning
Nmap
8.1
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
4.7
Packet capture analysis
Nmap
7.4
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
5.1
Network mapping
Nmap
9.3
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
6.3
Customizable reports
Nmap
8.0
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
6.3
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
Nmap
8.3
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
4.5
Hardware health monitoring
Nmap
8.0
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
8.6

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

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

  • Monitoring the connection; performance, switching, and issues. We use a broadband connection for our primary and a cellular backup for the secondary. While we use routing protocols to make this switch and WhatsUp isn't used for Syslog monitoring. it alerts us within seconds.
  • Backup configurations and archiving. WhatsUp does this particularly well. I use it for both Cisco routers and switches.
  • The diagram feature is nice. Though I don't use it as much because of the size of our structure, it does come in handy for mapping routes of all traffic.
Jamie Elliott | 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

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

  • Sales staff can be a bit pushy in terms of selling more product than you need. This is not unique to What's Up but it can be a bit unwelcome once you have already purchased the product.
  • Updates could be a little easier but overall not too bad. Once or twice we have had to start over with a new server when upgrading to a major numbered revision.
  • IIS site can be a bit slow at times. This could just be our setup but I have noticed that it can be slow to respond during high traffic times. It does always respond and work properly but the wait time to move from screen to screen could be lower.
John Glenn | 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

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold 5.4
Based on 2 answers
Not too much to support as it doesn't do that much.
Reggie Pauling | 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

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

For the sake of simplicity, WhatsUp Gold is better. It is cheaper and more cost-effective for what we need. I am sure it will scale up easily in the future if that growth comes.
Michael Singh | 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

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

  • Ability to maintain network equipment inventory and health reports.
  • Inability to make the backups of the device using scripting or configurations of network devices.
  • Less graphical representation of circuit or network traffic.
Anonymous | 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

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Nmap
9.7
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
5.6

Support Rating

Nmap
7.9
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
5.4

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