MacNews Category Review: Networking utilities for the Mac, part 2
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MacNews Category Review: Networking utilities for the Mac, part 2

imageThis MacNews Category Review offers part two of our round-up of networking utilities for Mac OS X. Products covered include IP Monitor, IPD Self, IP Sender, Ipanema, IPGadget, IPNetTuner & IPNetTunerX, IPObserver, IServeBox, iStumber, iTattle, Kasumi Dempa, Lighthouse, LinkUp, Lithium Network Monitoring Platform, the Little Dutch Moose, Little Snitch, Location X, MyIP, MyNet, MySecureShell, Net Monitor, NetBoos Across Subnets, NetLocationX, NetSpeedometer, NetSupport Manager, Network Beacon, Network Statistics Docking, NetworkLocation, ntop, pearPortVPN, phyCrystal, PortFinder, Pukka and RAR Expander.

IP Monitor

[url=]IP Monitor[/url] is an application that displays the current IP network (or subnet mask) address of your Mac on your desktop. With IP Monitor, you won't need to open the TCP/IP (or MacTCP) control panel to view your Macintosh's IP address. Additionally, IP Monitor allows you to copy the current IP network (or subnet mask) address to the clipboard, where it can be pasted directly to most applications and documents. There's also IP Monitor for Java.

IP Self

[url=]IP Self[/url] is a utility that gives you your IP number.

IP Sender

[url=]IP Sender[/url] emails IP address changes.


[url=]Ipanema[/url] is a network administration utility that checks IP addresses, and emails you if your IP address changes.


[url=]IPGadget[/url] is a small calculator for verifying IPv4 address information.

IPNetTuner & IPNetTunerX

[url=]IPNetTunerX[/url] allows you to optimize network performance under Mac OS X (and Mac OS 9/Classic) by tuning internal TCP/IP parameters to match your network environment. IPNetTunerX includes a basic view with selectable presets, and an advanced view with over 50 adjustable parameters organized by category along with brief descriptions and extensive help. Beyond adjusting parameters, IPNetTunerX provides tools for measuring the effect of your changes, and a Location Helper to make dynamic configuration easier.


[url=]IPObserver[/url] lets you observe your assigned IP address, even behind a Internet router. With it you can send a new address to people by email. Also, IPObserver will check for open ports outside your IP address.


[url=]iServeBox[/url] is a UNIX network services manager.


[url=]iStumberl[/url] is a software tool for locating wireless networks and Bluetooth devices.


[url=]]iTattle[/url], exclusively for Mac OS X 10.4 or later, places network information for an AirPort Extreme, and built-in Ethernet, as well as System information on your desktop. It's useful in helping administrators gather system information.

Kasumi Dempa

[url=]Kasumi Dempa[/url] is software that indicates microwave for wireless LAN; it enables the user to know details of each LAN connection and be able to connect to them.


[url=]Lighthouse[/url] is a dynamic port forwarding utility, allowing you to enable and disable port forwardings with just a single click. Both NAT/PMP (Apple Airport base stations) and UPnP (D-Link, Linksys, Netgear) protocols are supported. Port forwardings are frequently necessary for tools such as instant messengers, file-sharing utilities and other networked applications that are run from behind a NAT gateway (read: a home network router).


[url=]LinkUp[/url] is used to show the link status of the selected Network interface or remote server connection by pinging IP addresses or host names.

LITHIUM Network Monitoring Platform

The [url=]LITHIUM Network Monitoring Platform[/url] is an integrated network, server and appliance monitoring and management platform. Designed to provide an end-to-end solution for Mac OS X, Lithium includes automated device monitoring, out-of-the-box support for SNMP and an integrated trouble-ticket case management system.

The Little Dutch Moose

[url=]The Little Dutch Moose[/url] is an utility configures the built-in Mac OS X firewall in order to block IP addresses found making illegal requests.

Little Snitch

[url=]Little Snitch[/url] tells you when a program tries to send info to the internet so you can see what's going on in the background. When an application tries to establish a network connection, Little Snitch intercepts the attempt and brings up an alert panel giving you all the connection details including the name of the application, which initiated the connection. You either choose to allow the connection, to deny it or to add a permanent rule for similar future connections.

Location X

[url=]Location X[/url] lets you adjust your Mac for a specific network, time zone, email and more.


[url=]MyIP[/url] is a utility for displaying your current IP address.


[url=]MyNet[/url] is a utility for finding hosts on your local network.


[url=]MySecureShell is a SFTP-server developing tool.

Net Monitor

[url=]Net Monitor[/url] graphs and logs network traffic of local and remote computers and controls PPP connections. It's customizable and can graph a histogram of network activity in a floating window, the Dock, the Menu Bar or in a regular window.

NetBoot Across Subnets

[url=]NetBoot Across Subnets[/url] is an application that helps to configure multiple clients to NetBoot across different subnets.


[url=]NetLocationX[/url] lets change your hosts every time you change network location without restarting.


[url=]NetSpeedometer[/url] lets you graphically monitor the speed of your Internet connection. It shows a graphic of your traffic speeds on your Mac's screen to help you keep track of data as it goes in and out of your machine.

NetSupport Manager

[url=]NetSupport Manager[/url] lets you monitor multiple systems in a single action, deliver hands-on remote support or interactive training. With it, you can gather real-time inventory and system data. NetSupport Manager provides the ability to support Mac, Linux, Solaris, Windows and mobile devices all from a single console.

Network Beacon

[url=]Network Beacon[/url] lets you publish services on a computer or to serve as a proxy for services on other computers or devices.

Network Statistics Dockling

[url=Network Statistics Dockling]Network Statistics Dockling[/url] shows the Mac's network traffic.


[url=]NetworkLocation[/url]uses your existing network locations in Mac OS X. With a single mouse click, you can set some of the most frequently changed settings you already manually set when you move your computer.


[url=]ntop[/url] is a utility that displays network usage; it acts as a web server and creates an HTML file of network status.


[url=]pearPortVPN[/url] allows you to automatically establish a specific VPN connection whenever a wireless network of choice becomes available. It can also automatically disconnect any open connections before your Mac falls asleep to prevent an annoying error messages about timed out connections when your Mac wakes up again.


[url=]phyCrystal[/url] is an open source-intranet system designed to be used at LAN parties. The advantages of phpChrystal are its portability, flexibility and performance, since it is completely based on PHP, MySQL and XML.


[url=]PortFinder[/url] is an utility for looking up up port numbers and application name mappings.


[url=]Pukka[/url] is an utility for posting to

QLogic 4-Port Upgrade License Key for SANbox 5200 Switches

The [url=]QLogic 4-Port Upgrade License Key for SANbox 5200 Switches[/url] lets you grow your fibre channel fabric by activating additional ports on your QLogic SANbox 5200 switch using 4-port software-keyed increments. This software license increments your port count by 4 to a maximum of 16 2Gb/sec ports, plus four high-speed 10Gb/sec stacking ports.

RAR Expander

[url=]RAR Expander[/url] is a utility for expanding RAR archives.

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