Packet Trap – pt360

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been playing with a tool called pt360 Tool Suite, the free one. I’ve mainly used it as a dash board with SNMP for monitoring a cisco router and switch. Now we already have tools in place that do all of that for the whole enterprise, but I wanted to keep a close eye on these 2 devices. It was the easiest setup of a monitoring tool that I’ve ever done, a couple of clicks and I’m watching the rx/tx a couple more and I’m watching the CPU’s, a couple more and memory. You get the idea, quick easy and in one place. I haven’t even had enough time to try all the tools that’s packed into this version. It’s a great tool and worth your time. It’s windows only so linux/osx guys are out of luck for the moment. I hope to have more time in the next couple of weeks to dig in a little more.

3 thoughts on “Packet Trap – pt360”

  1. I too used this product and it’s pretty kick ass. These guys seemed to have figured out that GUI matters, even to IT guys.

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  2. I just configured the pt360 dashboard but have been using their tools for a few months now. Most ‘dashboards’ are too complicated to setup and I never find the time to get one completed. Packettrap was almost too easy and I was up and running in less than 10 minutes. As for the tools, Cisco Config, Port Scan, SNMP Scan are fast and easy to use. I agree with network engines that they have UI figured out – dashboard , tools, etc are all consistently clean.

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  3. This may not be an exact tool for monitoring a router; however, it is a very powerfull tool for the entire system. I first came across it years ago when a friend of mine built a beowulf clustering system. A new version has just been released and it can handle linux and windows together. It can be found here: http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=785606

    Hope this helps:)

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