CommView

CommView 5.5.542

Effective LAN Network Analyser Tool for IT Professionals

Analysing the characteristics of a specific Local Area Network (LAN) is important for several reasons. Administrators may need to keep track of inbound data packets as well as address multiple security issues within a real-time scenario. The hands-on functionality offered by CommView is highly functional and easy to work with. Whether employed to test a new firewall or to determine problems within a system this package is highly intuitive and effective. View full description

PROS

  • This software offers different licence types based upon individual needs.
  • All important metrics are monitored in a real-time scenario from a centralised and secure platform.

CONS

  • There is no free trial version available. The user will need to purchase a subscription.
  • The newer version (7.1) may include updates and fixes that are not specified to the user.

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Analysing the characteristics of a specific Local Area Network (LAN) is important for several reasons. Administrators may need to keep track of inbound data packets as well as address multiple security issues within a real-time scenario. The hands-on functionality offered by CommView is highly functional and easy to work with. Whether employed to test a new firewall or to determine problems within a system this package is highly intuitive and effective.

Functions and Purposes

CommView acts as a centralised platform to view all network activity. Some metrics which are constantly analysed include the connections between local and remote IP addresses data sent and received ports host names and any processes that are running. Should a problem occur it can easily be identified and rectified. This is also very useful to prevent potential security breaches a priority for any business.

Additional Features

CommView provides users with several other features which should be mentioned here. A handful of examples include reconstructing TCP sessions searching for specific strings of hexadecimal data generating real-time traffic reports and even designing bespoke plug-ins intended for unique LAN purposes. There is also a dedicated version to be used within VoIP systems.

Changes

  • Vista support

CommView is a program for monitoring Internet and LAN activity, capturing and analyzing network packets. It gathers information about data passing through dial-up connection, Ethernet or Token Ring card, or loopback interface and decodes the analyzed data.

With CommView you can see the list of network connections, IP statistics and examine individual packets, reconstruct TCP sessions that the selected packet belongs to. Packets are decoded down to the lowest layer with analysis of the most protocols. Full access to raw data is also provided. Captured packets can be saved to log files for future analysis. The program is capable of mapping packets to application that sent or received them. A flexible system of filters makes it possible to drop packets you don't need.

Other useful features include the ability to generate HTML reports, run in multiple instances for monitoring several adapters simultaneously, invisible mode, assiging aliases to IP or MAC addresses, and an advanced Packet Generator, alarms. CommView data can be shared with your own application using a TCP/IP interface. The program offers the remote network monitoring capability.

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CommView 5.5.542