Network Logger Pro
By Lyle Andrews
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Log your network outages, graph speeds over time, and more. Network Logger Pro can also be used to monitor web sites and produce historical graphs of their speeds, outages, and response times.
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Unlike purely passive network interface monitors, which only report on your network usage, Network Logger provides a consistent record of network behavior all the time, allowing you to see when your network is the fastest, when it is the slowest, and what your outage history looks like. If there are certain times of day or week that your network slows down or has an outage, Network Logger Pro will show you.
You can end flaky network nightmares right now by catching them in the act and providing irrefutable documentation of what has been happening to your provider.
Some customers have told us of interesting uses they have for Network Logger. One is a network contractor who uses it to monitor wifi systems he installs on remote drilling rigs and to provide statistics to his clients in the energy industry documenting his service. Another uses Network Logger to monitor a weak satellite link in Africa, to determine the best times of day to connect.
You can export URL speed graphs as PDFs or copy the network outage log and quickly show tech support what you are experiencing in a way that enables them to understand what's going on at a glance. Everyone we know who has shown Network Logger output to their service provider has had their problems solved immediately.
An optional speech synthesis feature announces when your internet connection goes down and up which can be handy when you are working on your network in another room and saves you from walking back and forth to check your network status.
• Menubar Display showing Speed and Network Status
• Network Outage Log
• Website Outage Logs
• Realtime Traffic Displays for all Network Interfaces
• Historical Peaks and Averages for all Network Interfaces
• Website Transmission Speed Graphs
• Website Response Time Graphs
• Customizable Color Themes
• Linear and Log Graphing Styles
• Rollover statistics on Graph Bars
• Export Graphs as PDFs
• Export Logs as .log Files
• Save and Resume Sessions
• CSV File Statistics Export
Here is a review that demonstrates a real world use of Network Logger:
"My DSL has been dropping its connection (losing sync) about a ten times a day. This wouldn't be a huge problem for just casual surfing, but it brings down my VPN connection every time and everything running over that connection, which is a big hassle. Network Logger has been invaluable in documenting for my ISP just how frequently my connection goes down. When I called my ISP with this information, I got to 2nd level support almost immediately, without even being asked if it's plugged in, or to turn it off and turn it on again.
I'm getting a backup cable connection later this week, but last time I used this company a few years ago, they were providing less than 50% of advertised speeds, so I'm looking forward to also using Network Logger to monitor that I'm getting what I pay for.
All in all, a great tool with lots of different uses. Very handy to have in your toolbox whether you need to constantly monitor a site, or just to have around for occasional use when your network or site starts behaving oddly."
What's New in Version 4.5
Ok, but a hog
The program for the most part gives me what I need to go back and show my ISP how bad their service is. However, I’ll preface that with saying that the graphs and charts could be easier to read (both live and exported) and the program is a MASSIVE resource hog, which surprises me since all it’s really doing is monitoring connection speed by downloading files. If I’ve got more than one window going it can literally grind my system to a halt, and I’m running it on a brand new MacBook Pro! You will get MANY pinwheels with this program, so consider yourself warned. I’d also like to see some tests on latency.
Does what it’s supposed to do
A little cryptic setup at first but once you understand it, it’s quite simple. Very nicely done. You get what you pay for.