Neon Softwares LANsurveyor 8.0 Stays Ahead of Network Changes

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2003-12-08 Print this article Print

Version 8.0 of Neon Software's LANsurveyor makes quick work of documenting small and midsize networks, and it also scans for changes.

Version 8.0 of Neon Softwares LANsurveyor makes quick work of documenting small and midsize networks, and it also scans for changes.

In my tests, LANsurveyor highlighted network changes, making it easy for me to see new devices such as wireless access points and new computers.

Although change/add/move reports are handy in their own right, Neon Software is touting the new scanning and reporting feature as a security enhancement. I suppose it is, but IT managers in small and midsize shops will likely find it more useful if they use continuous scans to keep track of equipment moving onto and off of the network.

I liked the way LANsurveyor diagrammed my test network. I have a fairly broad range of equipment, including a ZyXel ZyWall 100 firewall, which LANsurveyor quickly identified. It even added equipment to my network map with the appropriate logo.

LANsurveyor also had no trouble mapping my managed switches, including a collection of Cisco Catalyst 2900 XL and 3550s.

LANsurveyor Enterprise Edition includes a continuous-scan option ($249 for LANsurveyor Workgroup and Management Station editions, or $149 if purchased before Jan. 31) and is available now.

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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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