At a Glance
- Easily identifies all network devices; Offers significant information about each device
- Non-techies may be intimidated; At $40, it’s not cheap.
Network scanner is an IP scanner for network analysis
If you’re a network administrator for a small network, you can
use all the automated tools you can round up. Keeping track of
every device on your network and key information about each can be
a daunting task. That’s where LizardSystems’s extremely useful
Network Scanner comes in.
This great tool scans your entire network, then gives details
about everything it finds–the IP address of every device, and
important information about each. The information it uncovers is
especially useful for security purposes. For each computer (PCs as
well as Macs), Network Scanner reports whether remote
administration is enabled, and lists any folders that are shared
publicly. That way, network administrators can quickly identify
security holes, and close them on individual computers.
On my network, Network Scanner was able to see every single
device, including several PCs, a Macbook, home server, router, and
even a Xoom
Android tablet. It didn’t give details about the router or
tablet, but that’s because there was no information to give; they
don’t allow remote administration or have any shared folders.
There’s only one drawback to Network Scanner: its price. At $40
for businesses, it’s only for those who truly need it for work. But
those who do need it for work will find the pricetag to be well
worth it in saved time and peace of mind. And for non-commercial
users, it’s free with registration, so it’s fine to use it on a
home or non-profit network.
Note: This software is free with registration
for non-commercial use. Business users must pay $40 after the
30-day trial expires.