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Computer System Monitors. Five free network monitoring tools. Among the wide array of network and system monitors, you'll find several that do what the pricier tools do -- for free.

Five free network monitoring tools

If you're a system or network administrator, you need monitoring tools. You have to know, at all times, the status of your systems so you can optimize performance and head off potential problems. Thankfully, plenty of tools are available to help you stay in the know about your systems. Some of these products are costly and do quite a lot. But others are free and do just as much -- and in some cases, more. I want to introduce you to five system and/or network monitors that do more than you'd think they could do. Note: This list is also available as a photo gallery. 1: Observium Observium (Figure A) is "an autodiscovering PHP/MySQL/SNMP-based network monitoring [tool]. " Figure A Observium 2: Ganglia Ganglia (Figure B) is a "scalable distributed monitoring system" focused on clusters and grids.

Figure B. 11 Top Server Management & Monitoring Software. By Mikayel Vardanyan | Feb 22, 2011 IT pros the world over wouldn’t be caught dead without server management software because it takes so much of the manual burden off managing servers and other critical applications.

11 Top Server Management & Monitoring Software

Server management is required to to enhance the up-time of servers. Based on the server system, management plans may vary. Yet the bottom line is that proper server management software will guarantee the security and stability of servers throughout its lifespan. Being huge machines, physical servers occupy both space and power. Hosted server monitoring solutions like Monitis save enormous amounts of time for system and network admins, as cloudware enables you to get things done much faster and cheaper than by installing software products in-house. But if you’re still interested in software solutions for some reason, below are a review of the popular server management software products: 1. 2. 3.

20 Google Search Tips You Need to Learn. You've only scraped the surface; here's how to become a Google search super sleuth.

20 Google Search Tips You Need to Learn

It's easy to take the common Google search for granted. But if you take just a moment to really think about it, you might appreciate it for what it truly is: crazy superhero magic! Just by typing a few words, a single person can achieve near-instantaneous access to all of the world's collected information. Want to know the capital of Moldova? (It's Chisinau.) As long as you have a connected device, you have the power to know just about everything—that's some Professor X stuff right there. There are, of course, other capable search engines out there; some tailored to serve very niche audiences.

While Google has grown to include numerous other pursuits, search remains the company's core product (and its most profitable, as well). The Best Free Software for 2015. Windows and MacOS don't get the attention they used to in today's mobile world.

The Best Free Software for 2015

But we have not fully abandoned the desktop. The real work (and a lot of the play) of computing requires a full personal computer system. To get the most out of that, you need software. Software can be expensive if you're not smart about it. Free programs have been a mainstay of the desktop experience for decades, and the offerings only get more powerful and fascinating each year. This is our first big look at free desktop software you can download and install (as opposed to just free Web-based apps) since 2012. One step that helps prevent the extra crapware onslaught: only download desktop software from the maker of the software directly. Other criteria: The software has to typically have a Windows-based download; we mark it if it has a version for other platforms, even mobile or cloud-based.

So take a look at the list of 148 programs. 10 Handy WiFi Troubleshooting Tools. If you need help troubleshooting your wireless networks, here are 10 tools that can help uncover WiFi problems.

10 Handy WiFi Troubleshooting Tools

Bonus: Some are free! 1 of 11 Wireless networks are valued by end users for their convenience and ease-of-use. But behind every seamlessly operating wireless network out there in the enterprise, there is likely more than one networking guru who has pulled their hair out ensuring the WLAN simply works. If you're looking for ways to streamline your WiFi operations, we've got 10 tools that help track down channel conflicts, find rogue WLANs, perform network diagnostics, and more.

Most IT pros are familiar with the classic free NetStumbler utility, which can be used to detect 802.11 a/b/g WLANs and can help in the verification of configuration and identifying weak signals within a wireless network. 10 Free Network Analysis Tools. Network management can be a tall task without the right statistics and data about traffic flows, device configurations and user activities.

10 Free Network Analysis Tools

The following utilities offer visibility into various aspects of network activity without breaking the bank. Utilizing these free tools gives network managers a better foothold for improving performance, spotting potential problems and nipping security incidents in the bud.