Network Troubleshooting5Network troubleshooting tools, along with forensics appliances and software, help administrators and technicians locate where problems and bottlenecks are occurring, perform root cause analysis, and (some) perform threat detection and packet analysis (traffic intercepting and logging) functions.SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor1 Network Configuration Manager2 AT Network Assistant5 Capsa6 XG Network Analysis Tablet8 Network Tester9 (formerly Emulex EndaceVision)10 AirMagnet Spectrum XT11 LiveWire12 1U Server Appliance13 AirMagnet Enterprise14 Traffic Recorder15 Network Automation Manager16 Packet Capture17

Network Troubleshooting Tools

Network Troubleshooting Tools Overview

What are Network Troubleshooting Tools?

Network troubleshooting tools help technicians find, analyze, and solve network issues.

Networks contain a large number of potential failure points. Hardware or software problems at one point in the network can cause interruptions, bottlenecks, and outages for many users. Network troubleshooting tools aim to help technicians solve these issues quickly and reliably.

Network troubleshooting tools monitor and analyze network traffic. Users can analyze the network in real-time or save reports for later analysis. Some vendors offer graphical assistance to help users identify where and when problems occur. These interfaces may include customizable data charts, visual network maps, and lists of network elements with their status.

Some vendors also offer network configuration tools. These tools are used for network management tasks, such as automation, compliance, and vulnerability assessment. These tools may support integration with the vendor’s network troubleshooting tools.

Network Troubleshooting Tools Features & Capabilities

Basic Features

Most vendors offering network troubleshooting tools include these basic features:

  • Real-time monitoring of network traffic

  • Data archiving for later analysis or comparison

  • Support for VoIP monitoring

  • Support for wide-area networks (WAN)

Additional Features

Some vendors offer additional features, including:

  • Graphical representations of network elements and traffic

  • Automatic network mapping

  • Highlighting of potential problems

  • Lists of network elements and their status

  • Customizable alerts to notify technicians of problems

  • Network management toolsets

Pricing Information

Pricing for network troubleshooting tools can vary based on the feature set, the size of the network, and the amount of data analyzed. Vendors may offer free trials or free tiers with limited features. Some network troubleshooting tools are open-source and free.

Some vendors charge by the number of elements - routers, switches, servers, and access points - in the network. Pricing ranges from under $3,000.00 for up to 100 elements to over $30,000.00 for unlimited elements.

Other vendors charge by feature set. These tiers range from under $300.00 per license for lower tiers to over $1,000.00 per license for higher tiers.

Vendors with one-time licensing fees may offer yearly maintenance and support plans. The prices listed here are licensing fees. Additionally, some vendors offer a yearly rate based on your requirements.

Network Troubleshooting Products

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SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor

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SolarWinds NPM is a monitoring and performance management platform. It provides performance troubleshooting support, auto network discovery, customizable thresholds, and can be rapidly deployed.

14 Ratings

ThousandEyes offers Digital Experience Monitoring that integrates application performance monitoring within a broader network monitoring platform. It primarily focuses on connectivity monitoring and supports SaaS and hybrid systems monitoring.

Colasoft Capsa is a network performance monitoring and protocol analyzing tool. Capsa provides core monitoring features, as well as automated diagnostics and packet decoding. Colasoft offers a limited free version of the software.

3 Ratings

PingPlotter is a graphical traceroute and ping tool that visualizes network performance in a way that makes identifying the source of problems quicker and easier for everyone from online gamers and video streamers to VoIP admins and IT pros. Features for remote deployment, network monitoring, scr...

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LiveAction offers the LiveWire network forensics analysis series of appliance, offering functionality previousyl provided by Savvius under the Vigil brand. LiveAction acquired Savvius in summer 2018. The LiveWire appliance is offered in three editions, LiveWire Edge for small branches and WAN Edg...

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Netmon Inc. was founded in Windsor, Ontario in 2002, specializing in the development and deployment of Network Monitoring and Environmental Monitoring solutions. Netmon has steadily grown to become a global leader, certified and used by government agencies, large corporations and small to medium ...

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NETSCOUT AirMagnet Enterprise is a 24x7 Performance Monitoring & Wireless Intrusion Detection System (WIDS) / Prevention System (WIPS) that enables organizations to meet security, performance and compliance demands of today’s mobile workforce. AirMagnet Enterprise can perform network securit...

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Flowmon is a high-performance network monitoring solution that delivers a solid base for informed decision-making. Its intuitive interface and in-depth intelligence allows IT professionals to quickly learn about incidents and anomalies, understand their context and trace their root cause. The sol...

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SolarWinds' mission has been to provide purpose-built products that are designed to make jobs easier for IT professionals, MSPs, and DevOps pros. We offer value-driven products and tools that solve a broad range of IT management challenges—whether those challenges are related to networks, ser...

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Cirries Packet Capture is a software-based solution that supports packet capture at rates up to 100Gbps. It delivers the packet details essential for forensic analysis in security operations, for troubleshooting network anomalies, and for other investigative network operations.