10 Free Network Analysis Tools, November 11, 2013 Network management can be a tall task without the right statistics and data about traffic flows, device configurations and user activities. 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.
Wireshark is a network protocol analyzer that allows users to drill down deeply into network activity, across hundreds of protocols and many major platforms, including Windows, Linux, OS X, Solaris, FreeBSD and NetBSD. With read/write functionality into dozens of capture file formats and data browsing via a GUI or TTY-mode utility, it offers tons of flexibility on its own or tied into other security tools and distributions.