When it comes to network scanning, you may think of those very costly commercial products that not much people can afford. But it’s not necessary to have such a beast to accomplish a simple job such as finding out the open ports on the computers on the same local network. There are free yet powerful network scanner tools made just for that purpose. Let’s check out some of them.
Slitheris Network Discovery is a network IP scanner that discovers all the IP-based network devices on your local area network, scans them and displays some network related information for you. It runs on Windows platform but is capable of detecting a lot more kinds of platforms, including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, etc.
Since Windows 7, you must choose a network location when you connect to a network for the first time, either Home, Work, or Public. This automatically sets the appropriate firewall and security settings for the types of the network that you connect to. Pick the right location when connecting to a network to ensure that your computer is always set to an appropriate security level.
Monitoring network bandwidth is important. It allows admins to identify bottlenecks, understand the actual speed of the connection versus what is being paid for (helping to plan for additional hardware or bandwidth purchases) as well as separate legitimate network usage from malicious or suspicious network usage.
Here is our choice of 10 of the best free tools for monitoring network bandwidth.
These free tools offer some elementary features that will give you a visual representation of how much data is passing up and down the wire and help you to determine the source of Internet usage from within your network.