VisualRoute 2009: A tool to help you analyze, track and diagnose Internet traffic

Visualize your internet traffic

Every IT person comes to the point of time where they need to know just what in the world is going on with Internet traffic. Traditionally, finding the answer relies upon multiple tools and intricate study of very tedious log files. Anyone who has had to go down that path knows it can be a nightmare and a huge waste of time. One tool I found that makes this job not only easier but actually enjoyable is VisualRoute 2009 by Visualware. VisualRoute is a suite of tools that allow you perform diagnostics using ping, tracert, WhoIs and Reverse DNS. The interface provides a visual map to see the route of the traffic. The route graph provides time (in mms) and charts of the hops taken to reach the destination. The Omni chart provides a link, which has information on that router. Then each hop can be right-clicked for more details about that router. Finally a table shows each hop in the route and provides a means of testing additional traffic types (i.e. you can run an HTTP trace and then right click to run the same test for SMTP. Information provided shows you where you have lags due to latency and show percentage of data loss at each hop. You can analyze traffic for HTTP, FTP, SMTP and Citrix. VisualRoute 2009 also has tools for analyzing bandwidth and VoIP capability. You can try VisualRoute free for 15 days a single license is only $49.95. If you need to trace where attacks are coming from, or to find out where your internet connection is lagging try VisualRoute 2009 today. Now if only they would make a tool to analyze how all this rain is getting into my sunroom.. but that's a different post :)

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