Sniffer Basic (NetXRay)
How NetXRay Helps
Intuitive, consistent user interface allows for quick capture and display of data to monitor key network performance criteria
NetXRay data can be saved in Sniffer® Network Analyzer format for automated post-capture expert analysis and enhanced protocol interpretation
NetXRay's Traffic Map and traffic matrix show who is talking to whom. Protocol distribution information allows you to see what protocols are in use, which IP applications are running, and which IPX transport processes are being utilized
History reports enable understanding of network usage over long periods of time After establishing the network baseline, day-to-day utilization can be tracked to predict when changes will need to be made to accommodate increases in network traffic.
Windows Based Analysis and Monitoring
NetXRay was developed specifically for Windows 95 or NT and provides a state-of-the-art Graphical User Interface. This 32-bit software-based tool takes full advantage of the Windows operating environment. Running on standard Intel-based desktop and notebook computers, NetXRay can simultaneously:
All of this can take place while other Windows applications are running on the same machine; dedicated hardware is not required.
Packet Capture and Real-Time Decodes
NetXRay is capable of capturing all packets at near-wire speed. To help focus troubleshooting, filters can be quickly developed using standard Windows drag and drop functionality. Protocols are decoded and displayed in color-coded summary, detail, and hex windows.
NetXRay can capture data and write it to disk in real time. NetXRay also provides integrated post-capture analysis and reporting capabilities.
For complex problem resolution, captured data may be saved in the Sniffer Analyzer's native trace file format for expert post-capture analysis and automatic identification of more than 200 commonly occurring network problems.
Monitoring Network Statistics
NetXRay provides real-time traffic analysis in tabular and graphical format, including pie and bar charts, traffic maps, plots and matrixes. NetXRay can monitor multiple network statistics concurrently including utilization, packet rates, and error rates.
The host table provides statistics for each network node including MAC, IP network, IP application, IPX network and IPX transport information. The traffic matrix provides a view of the traffic volume generated between pairs of nodes. The Traffic Map provides the user with a birds-eye view of network traffic patterns in real time. In addition to providing protocol distribution information for the major protocol suites, NetXRay's TCP/IP and IPX Protocol Distribution function provides a detailed breakdown of protocol usage within these suites.
History and Alarms
NetXRay provides long-term traffic analysis in graphical format. It is capable of monitoring multiple network activities concurrently, allowing Network Managers to predict network needs and plan for them accordingly. Statistical data can be exported in CSV file format for further analysis in a database or spreadsheet.
Alarms are generated and recorded anytime preset threshold parameters are exceeded. Information regarding network exception conditions that require immediate attention can also be sent to numeric beepers and alphanumeric pagers. NetXRay can also send alarm information in email messages or SNMP traps.
NetXRay's traffic generator is a great tool for application developers and anyone else who needs to test network hardware and software components. NetXRay will play back captured packets one at a time or in a batch. Individual packets may be edited before transmission. By varying the time delay between packets, NetXRay can vary the amount of load placed on the network.
NetXRay also supports simultaneous traffic generation and packet capture.
Address Book and Auto Discovery
The Auto Discovery feature automaticall learns IP domain names, IPX Login names, and NetBIOS names, and maps each to the proper MAC address. In addition, separate address books may be maintained for different network segments.
Sniffer Basic Software Version: 3.01
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Quick Start Guide
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