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IPNetMonitorX 1.4 Network Management App Adds Power to OS X

PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:03 am
by Donnieclark
Sustainable Softworks' IPNetMonitorX 1.4 is an all-purpose tool for troubleshooting network connections. Built primarily for network administrators and power users, it provides a wealth of information about how your computer connects to the outside world.
Many of IPNetMonitorX's 17 tools are freely available as part of OS X, and you can access them via Terminal or the Network Utility application. So why would you pay for IPNetMonitorX?

Because it does a fine job of unifying these tools within a consistent user interface. It also offers capabilities that the free tools don't. And IPNetMonitorX augments existing OS X tools. OS X's Traceroute tool allows only one type of trace, UDP; IPNetMonitorX adds two more types -- ICMP and Record Route, which give you the
flexibility necessary to get through firewalls. OS X's version of the Port Scan tool lets you conduct only TCP scans, but IPNetMonitorX lets you conduct TCP and UDP scans.

Diagnostic Abilities:

IPNetMonitorX also adds useful tools of its own, including Address Scan, DHCP Lease, and Link Rate. But despite this program's name, very few of its tools will actually help monitor your network -- they are mostly diagnostic.

The Monitor tool provides a graphical view of traffic flows, but it's limited to your local computer. New to this release is the AirPort Signal Tool, which is supposed to measure the amount of interference (signal-to-noise ratio) in your wireless network. However, it's not as useful as Apple's new AirPort Management Tools 1.0 (in the AirPort 3.4 update), and it's especially weak for newer laptops because it doesn't work correctly with AirPort Extreme cards. The new Apple tool is graphical, gives you a lot more information about your wireless network than the AirPort Signal Tool, and works with AirPort Extreme.

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