Network admins are all too familiar with the netstat.exe command line tool, which shows you incoming and outgoing network connections and a bunch of other network stats. It's a quick way of checking the activity on your network and giving things a quick eyeball to make sure nothing's going horribly wrong. Yet, the tread on the netstat.exe tires has worn thin, and its status as the "old reliable" standby has also meant that few folks have ever considered improving on its formula.
But today there's X-NetStat Professional, which brings the functionality of netstat.exe into a brand new era - the dawn of an age of visual cues, graphical interfaces, and expanded features that leave that old command line tool in the dust.
With X-NetStat Professional, all internet and network connections are displayed in real-time in a graphical interface, so it's easy to take a quick glance without all of that complicated reading that we're all used to. In fact, all incoming and outgoing connections are displayed in an intuitive Connection Table that lists addresses, ports in use, connection status and duration, application, and bandwidth consumption. It's all the information you used to get with netstat.exe, but in a much more legible format.
X-NetStat Professional would be a superior product if it just stopped there. But the app brings even more to the game by offering goodies such as a Rules System that triggers actions based on network conditions, a Network Statistics Window that gives you a view into network interfaces and protocols, and an ever-useful collection of lookup tools such as WHOIS, TraceRoute, and Finger that give you the power to see who's poking around your system.
What's more, X-NetStat Professional also includes its own Web Server, which means you'll be able to access XNS remotely using any internet browser! No more driving to work on the weekend just to check on the network!
Review Written by Derek Lee