Network traffic monitoring tools -Top 5

how network moniting worksTOP 5 Network traffic monitoring tools 2015 review

Network Administrators find constraints administering large networks in addition to running reports for both SLA and for planning purpose. And thus they need a monitoring tool  to do the work for them. Various tools are available with the best tools being able to do Real-time monitoring, Reporting and alerting, wireless monitoring, cloud based monitoring and support for multi-vendor as the basics. some tools are commercial and others open source.  we are ranking the best network monitoring tools.



This is quite a good tool with licensing based on the number of objects being monitored from SL100 upwards.its user interface is so friendly and highly customizable.


-Support for Multi-vendor

-100% GUI ustomization

-automated network Discovery


-Clumsy “Group Dependency” configuration

-Reporting module needs better ad-hoc reports;

-though its interface is super, it requires mastering for its reporting ,alerting and configuration for this module.


nagiosThis is the most popular network monitoring tool as it is open source and  has a web interface able to customized to any format. you can create reports on trends, availability and any custom report .


Nagios offers an extensive set of collector plug-ins that allows users to gather performance and availability data from a broad range of operating systems, including Windows and Netware;


Web GUI is not good, and a steep learning curve is required for managing config files to run devices and tests.

3:-Paessler : PRTG Network Monitor Version  15.3









Paessler has completely redesigned its web has also set up monitoring to include mobile where you just download their app via a apple or google stores.

Google maps integration has made the mapping  feature look cool.


Easy setup,wide range of sensors,Good notification window.


Interface not all that intuitive

4. WhatsUp Gold – Gold Premium v16.

  • New user interface with enhanced “look and feel”
  • Dynamic re-sizing
  • Simplified navigation
  • Best unified server,network and app monitor


  • Easy setup and network discovery
  • Great feature set
  • Many notification options, including via email and SMS.
  • Detailed, customizable reporting; supports custom date ranges.


  • Non-intuitive
  • Clumsy interface
  • Configuration requires both Web and Windows consoles;

5:- ManageEngine OpManager



  • Provides powerful SLA features through Manage Engine Service Desk.
  • Zoho’s op-manger is an easy tool to setup
  • Offers various facilities, including incident management, problem management, and a change management facility.




  • No client required, as it is completely web-browser based.
  • Monitoring devices using SNMP, WMI, SSH/Telnet
  • Great feature set



  • Lots of manual configuration needed
  • No multiple threshold alarms (e.g. Warning, Critical, etc.)
  • Step learning curve is required to master its interface

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