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Attribute Ratings

  • Wireshark is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.4

SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

84%
19 Ratings
9.4

Wireshark

94%
18 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Wireshark

100%
1 Rating

Usability

SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Wireshark

100%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Wireshark

100%
6 Ratings

Implementation Rating

SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Wireshark

100%
3 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

For a network admin or security team, NCM can be very useful in keeping config parameters standardized, this can mean anything from ensuring the timezone setting is standard to ensuring SNMP or logging is set up as you want it. The alerting is good if you want a record of findings for audit purposes so that you can show that you are monitoring configurations, you are alerting when a config goes out of compliance, and a ticket is created to drive remediation. Alternatively one can choose to automate remediation by running a configuration change script but that scares me so we never used it, this is a me-problem and not a tool problem. Where it falls down is in the data storage architecture as we had constant problems with our server running out of disk, this seems to be because it does a lot of basic monitoring of the devices along with storing many, many copies of the configurations. This may have been a user-side issue, though NCM runs under the Orion app which is where the storage issues come from I think.
holt archer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Wireshark

I don't know of any other tool that works as well as Wireshark for packet capture an inspection. It's extremely easy to get up and running, and even with little to no knowledge of how to use the tool, you can be looking at all the traffic coming off a network interface.
Chase Palmer, CISSP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

  • Real time performance details and historical data.
  • View the specific nodes very easily and get the information.
  • NetPath features help to analyze traffic paths whether it is hosted on premised or cloud.
  • Customize alert and reporting tools to get performance information.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Wireshark

  • Light-weight software - Does not require high end specifications; also runs smoothly on Legacy systems
  • Filter function - Lets you filter you packets from thousands to tens so as to find your target much easily
  • Simultaneous capturing on all the network adapters - You can capture packets from all the Network Interface Cards (NIC's) at once.
Jaspreet Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

  • More security put into the product, the Orion hack was not good news.
  • More frequent releases to address small bugs rather than big releases that are rare.
  • More IPv6 related features to make it easier for people familiar with IPv4 to learn IPv6.
  • Ability to edit dashboards using JSON or another similar language.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Wireshark

  • A more user-friendly interface would be nice, but then again it is not really designed for those who are not quite comfortable with this type of software.
  • Changes to functionality on updates - this can sometimes happen unexpectedly and can be an annoyance.
  • More powerful data processing would be welcomed
Mauro Biefeni | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

General

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

Starting Price

SolarWinds Network Device Monitor Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Wireshark

General

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

Starting Price

$0

Wireshark Editions & Modules

Edition
WiresharkFree
  1. none
Additional Pricing Details

Usability

SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

No score
No answers yet
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Wireshark

Wireshark 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I give Wireshark a 10 for usability because it is very usable. Just about anyone can capture packets within a few seconds of opening the program. The analysis is a science but as far as just using Wireshark; it's very easy.
Kenneth Hess | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Wireshark

Wireshark 10.0
Based on 6 answers
I don't believe Wireshark has "true" support as the software is open source. However, there is an active & friendly community around Wireshark that are more than happy to help answer questions. From a comprehensive Wiki and FAQ section on the site to the Ask a Question forum and bug tracker section, there's plenty of support options to make sure your questions and issues are addressed.
Drew Harrison | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Wireshark

Wireshark 10.0
Based on 3 answers
Simple and easy setup.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

MS is meant for windows monitoring and up/down for mostly everything else. Moved away from MS System Center. Now we have better visibility and management can get reports. The other teams have added Linux to Solarwinds and also see improvements in monitoring. Whether you use snmp (v3), wmi or some other credentials to connect to you system, Solarwinds will more than likely be able to manage and monitor it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Wireshark

Wireshark is a free tool that came highly recommended by one of our former network security consultants. Using the tool he was able to resolve all of our higher tier network tickets, so we observed first hand why we needed to add Wireshark into our toolset. We received in-depth instruction and training scenarios that demonstrated the effectiveness and power of the product, so we didn't spend any time reviewing competing products.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

  • Reduced site visits and recurring issues by 25 to 35%
  • Enables proactive warning, thereby reducing downtime caused by unforeseen issues
  • Provides a central panel for monitoring the entire network at a glance
  • Allows for SLA management thereby increasing accountability by 50%
  • Reduced time to repair by 35% as techs are more informed of root cause
Jesse Bridgelal | TrustRadius Reviewer

Wireshark

  • It is Easy to Use and Setup is very Easy
  • The data captured can be shared with different teams for further troubleshooting and working on a resolution to the issue.
  • Easy to Analyze the data, create own filters with easy to use expressions.
Arnab Mukherjee | TrustRadius Reviewer

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