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Hi. Can anyone suggest some good (preferable free) software for managing a network? I'm about to move into our new house and will have two NetGear switches and a router for all the connections but am curious about what people use to monitor and manage such a system.

Windows XP (Pro)

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It depends on what you would like to do with your network. Most home users administer their network from the local computer and the router. There usually isn't any need for network management software, besides the programs you install on each computer (antivirus, spyware scanners, automatic updates, etc.).
 

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For quick info on network connectivity I use AlertPing. A good tool that I put on machines I set up for folks, so if I get a call, 2 mouse clicks and I know what is and what is not working.

I configure local host, all network devices, first hop to the ISP, hops inside the ISP, DNS servers, first hop outside the ISP and a few known sites on the web that I typically expect to have good up time and access.

Alert Ping

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