Network Management Software

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by J316S, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2010
    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!
  2. macrumors 601

    Aug 15, 2005
    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.
  3. macrumors 68030

    Les Kern

    Apr 26, 2002
    Kind of already built into Macs... maybe I am not understanding exactly what you want to do.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2010
    Here is an example of the software I am looking for:, 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.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2010
    You don't need network management software


    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.

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