Tools for Network Engineers
We’ve built a list of some great free and very useful network troubleshooting tools, scanners, and sniffers that all network engineers need to have in their tool kit. This list is by far not inclusive. If you know of a great tool that you use and would like to see it listed here, let us know. Leave a comment below and we’ll post a link to it!
Network Scanning Tools
These tools are great for scanning and sniffing network packets on your network.
- IPScan – also known as Angry IP – is a great scan tool for seeing what ip addresses are in use on a given segment:
- Wireshark – previously known as Ethereal has been the defacto standard in free network sniffer applications. Must have for any network engineer
IP Address Tools
- WildPackets makes a nice IP calculator that is free and very easy to use. You do have to sign up to their website to download the tool.
Free Online Network Troubleshooting Tools
There are a lot of online tools that are available that can help you “see” you network from the outside and get a good idea of any issues that you may be unaware of.
UNIX/LINUX Tools for Windows
Sometimes, for many Windows users, having access to Unix command line tools is so helpful. This little package is great to have if you know or love Unix/Linux
- Unzip this file to the root of your hard drive and add the location to your path to get all the famliar unix like commands on from the command prompt:
Upload Tools – TFTP-FTP
You will always find yourself in a situation where you need to transfer a file. Here are some common tools to get the job done.
- A good tftp application is a must have if you even need to upload a large IOS to a router. tftpd32 is a good all around tftp server – tftpd32 works well for most situations:
If you ever want to test out a new config or work on your networking skills but don’t have access to a router or a lab, router simulators allow you to simulate a Cisco or Juniper router, firewall or switch right on your desktop.
Free Router and Security Software
There are some great free router software that is available that you can load on a dedicated server or VM that performs just as good a job if not better than a standard Cisco device!
Do you know of a cool tool to add to the list? Let us know, leave a comment below. Let us know about a tool you use and how you use it. We’ll add your suggestion to the list!!!