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J316S
Aug 20, 2010, 12:22 AM
Hello, fellow macheads, I hope everybody is doing good out there! So here is my question...... I am looking for some free or open source Network Management Software, I have recently purchased some new computers, and I would like to start managing all of my computers, and printers on my home network along with possibly some basic network security. Does anybody know if any free versions of any such software exist, if so please comment. Thanks and God bless!



belvdr
Aug 20, 2010, 08:30 AM
I'm not aware of software that would manage all aspects of security for computers and printers. It also depends on what computers you have.

Les Kern
Aug 20, 2010, 07:44 PM
Kind of already built into Macs... maybe I am not understanding exactly what you want to do.

J316S
Aug 20, 2010, 11:10 PM
Here is an example of the software I am looking for: http://www.purenetworks.com/product/pro.php, this software would work but it does not run on OSX unless you buy it, and I definitely do not want to buy it, so I was hoping to find some free software similar to it.

HLgreens
Aug 20, 2010, 11:41 PM
Hi,

You don't need network management software to set up a network for your computers and printers. Your computers (Macs and/or Windows PCs) can easily share files. Your printers (whether network ethernet printers or USB printers) can also be shared.

If you plan to set up a network, you ought to consider a network attached storage (NAS) device. Network storage is, in simple terms, intelligent storage that all users can share. Network storage can also automatically backup all computers or itself to backup storage. Take a look at low-end products such as the Synology DS110j or DS210j, or the Netgear ReadyNAS Duo.

Your network can be wireless or wired. If wireless, you'll get much better bandwidth using 802.11n than 802.11g. Netgear's WNDR3700 is an excellent 802.11n router, although there are less expensive choices available.