Intuit Network Monitor Disappoints

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2004-08-30 Print this article Print

Intuit Network Monitor is sluggish and cumbersome compared with other basic network monitoring tools.

Although the Intuit network Monitor Professional Edition might entice some IT staff with its low $495 price, I recommend going with an easier-to-use—and just plain more reliable—tool, such as Ipswitchs WhatsUpGold.

Intuit is more widely known for making financial software, including QuickBooks and TurboTax. Unfortunately, Intuit Network Monitor doesnt offer the ease of use or power that Ive seen in the companys financial tools. I had to back out of the install process when I noted that SNMP had to be enabled on my Windows 2000 desktop for the product to work. Then I was flummoxed by a mysterious license subsystem error.

Intuit Network Monitor is sluggish and cumbersome compared with other basic network monitoring tools. Its slow at discovery. Its slow at performing SNMP gets. And its limited documentation and myriad tabbed windows make it almost painfully difficult to manage the details.

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Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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