Sustainable Softworks has made available a public beta version of IPNetMonitorX, its suite of network diagnostic tools. As the name implies, the package is now native for Mac OS X.
IPNetMonitorX combines the following tools under one umbrella: Ping, which tests IP connectivity to a designated IP address Trace Route, which shows the IP addresses and names of all the hosts and routers between you and a remote IP address, and displays the round-trip time to these individual hosts/routers. Name Server Query (NS Lookup), which typically is used to determine the true IP address of an alphanumeric domain name and additional information especially useful in tracking spam. Who Is, typically used to determine the ownership and technical responsibility of a given domain name Finger, which is typically used to get information about a specific host or user on a host. The company noted that with security and privacy concerns, this information is not always available Subnet Calculator, which makes it easier to specify IP addresses and masks for routing TCP Dump, a new tool made possible by OS X’s Unix roots. This tool allows you to view the headers of all packets in network traffic and see what’s happening to the data.
The company plans to add tools found in the “Classic” version of IPNetMonitor later, including port scan, DHCP lease and test, as well as others.
IPNetMonitorX will retail for US$40, and will be available as an upgrade from the Classic version for $20. Registering now, you’ll get free upgrades to the full version — and like all Sustainable Softworks products, you can download a try the software out for free for 21 days.