Review: Sniffer Portable 4.7.5

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Sniffer Portable is more than a product.

Sniffer Portable is more than a product. It is a philosophy with a comprehensive set of tools for use by network professionals.

Whatever kind of network you are running, it is likely that Sniffer Portable can help you manage it and efficiently guard against security loopholes. It can run with Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Token Ring, ATM and even wireless networks, and provide you with just about every useful operational and error statistic you could wish for.

The client software can run on Windows 98SE/NT/2000 and XP. Comprehensive installation and configuration instructions are provided for software modules, drivers and a range of adaptors and interfaces. The documentation supplied is particularly impressive with 12 manuals covering a broad range of options and eventualities.

Considering the potential of this product this is not overkill, but reflects a professional approach to support. There is also a Sniffer University offering specific training and instruction for network administrators and technicians.

Sniffer Portable is a serious set of tools for professional network administrators, network architects or support engineers who live and breathe networks. This is reflected in the cost, but what value do you place on an efficient, well-maintained and secure network?

Sniffer Portable can help you ensure that your network falls into that category, but its flexibility and scope are such that users will need to study it in some depth in order to get the best from it.

The experienced network person will quickly get up to speed using the documentation, and configuration and presentation is straightforward if taken in chunks. An example is the Sniffer Dashboard, which is attractive in presentation and logical in execution.

One can easily set thresholds for real-time monitored parameters of utilization, packet and error rate, and quickly produce graphs of these statistics. You can have alerts generated in response to error conditions, you can set filters for display and you can generate a host of pre-configured or bespoke reports with the supplied Reporter utility.

If you are responsible for a large or complex network, you owe it to yourself to take a look at Sniffer.

For:

Flexibility, coverage and documentation.


Against:

Could be a little pricey for some.


Verdict:

A very comprehensive tool set for the network professional.

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