ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Free Network Troubleshooting Tools

Updated on August 8, 2015

Unfortunately, network troubleshooting process does not always end with a solution. The information we gather from users or while troubleshooting a network problem can sometimes lead us to another problem requiring more serious level of troubleshooting. That is when network troubleshooting tools will come in handy. Some of these popular troubleshooting tools are free and available in the existing operating system while the rest will require you to include it into your networking maintenance budget.

FREE NETWORK TROUBLESHOOTING TOOLS

 

Ping

 

The Ping command is available in all operating systems that support TCP/IP protocol, whether it is Windows or Unix operating system.  It is the most commonly used troubleshooting tools among the network utility tools. Ping can be used to test the simple connectivity between two computers (or hosts), and it is often used to verify the correct configuration of TCP/IP address of a newly installed host.

There are two possibilities to ping from the local computer to the newly installed computer. You can ping either the TCP/IP address or the hostname of the computer.  

ping to IP address 172.17.21.21 is successful. Connection to the other computer with IP address 172.17.21.21 is fine.
ping to IP address 172.17.21.21 is successful. Connection to the other computer with IP address 172.17.21.21 is fine.
Ping unsuccessful.  Connectivity problem to the other computer with IP address 172.17.30.1 exists.
Ping unsuccessful. Connectivity problem to the other computer with IP address 172.17.30.1 exists.
ping computer name (hostname) Compaq-PC with success
ping computer name (hostname) Compaq-PC with success | Source

This ping command can be used to do performance and stress testing on your network. It displays the statistics on the number of packets sent and received, and the round trip time for the ping echo and ping reply.

There are a few options available for this command.  Run “ping -?” to get the list of options.  See snapshot below.

ping help
ping help

 

Using the available options above, you can perform a stress test on your network by creating significant amounts of traffic. For example, you can use the ping command to send large numbers of packets of varying size, thereby testing your network under different network loads.

Important note :  If the firewall on the remote computer is switched on, ping results will show failure to reach the other host.  Hence, if you would like to check the connectivity to this remote computer, the firewall on this computer must be switched off temporarily.   

Trace Route

 

Trace route command (tracert) is very similar to ping command, enable user to test the connectivity from one host to another host. It provides additionally, the road map showing the path which the packet takes from source to destination.

Trace route command is only useful in multiple network environments where router(s) is used as the gateway to route between the networks.  Using the function trace route enable the user to find out the route taken by the packet as it travels from the source through the routers to the destination host where the address of each router is displayed.

In addition to that, using trace route command, the network administrator can determine bottlenecks between the source and destination.

To use Trace Route command and view the available options in a Windows environment, run the command “tracert   -?” from a command prompt.  See snapshot below :


For more comprehensive network tool, consider Spiceworks 5.0, the best state-of-the-art network-monitoring tool that I have come across. It is completely free for IP professionals and System Administrators. This TechGenix award-winning tool is NOT a free trial or stripped down version of software, it is FREE FOREVER, and that includes live technical support, product upgrades, help desk software solution and access to an online support community of more than 1 million IT professionals.

Spiceworks 5.0 provides real-time windows performance monitoring of all your windows devices. It can be used to map your network, manage configuration change and troubleshoot network problems. You can create customized network monitoring in just a few seconds. Alerts for windows events can be sent to you whenever and wherever you are.

It can also monitor the status of your MS Exchange server, analyze network bandwidth usage and view windows alerts across your network. It also comes with built-in free TFTP server for network configurations, SNMP v3 monitoring, active directory management, multi-site help desk support.

On top of that, it is a very convenient tool to track disk space, software installs, anti-virus subscriptions, toner levels, offline server and more for all the computers in your network.

Download here.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

      Ingenira 

      7 years ago

      Wow, Claudin, you are an IT student, glad to know that ! :)

    • Claudin_Dayo profile image

      Claudin_Dayo 

      7 years ago from Southeast Asia

      I am an IT student and stuffs like this my dear truly is a valuable info for me =)

      thanks for sharing this hub

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

      Ingenira 

      7 years ago

      Thank you again, twentyfive. :)

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

      Ingenira 

      7 years ago

      You are so humble, Prasetio. :)

    • twentyfive profile image

      twentyfive 

      7 years ago

      Now I know where to go to whenever my network's in trouble. You've got some useful and detailed hubs bout network troubleshooting. Awesomely useful! Rated up :)

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I am not good enough in computer system. But I get useful knowledge from you. Thanks for writing this. I believe many people need this information. Rated up!

      Prasetio,

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

      Ingenira 

      7 years ago

      Thank you, Daniel. Glad to see you here. :)

    • iamfreeforlife profile image

      iamfreeforlife 

      7 years ago

      I thing that this information is very useful and everybody should take the time to read this article. I really like it.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)