NetworkView is a network visualization tool that aims to provide a simple interface for the complex function involved in the discovery and monitoring of multi-vendor IP networks.
With NetworkView you can get a quick overview of your network, whether it is a small office or a corporate network. Version 3 adds functionalities oriented to network management tasks.
NetworkView uses multiple methods such as ICMP, MDNS, SSDP, DNS, NetBIOS, SNMP MIB-2, Bridge MIB, LLDP, CPD and propietary MIB’s to discover devices and generates a graphical representation of your network. NetworkView generates views of both logical and physical network structure. Virtual structure representation is also displayed for wireless systems (Cisco, Aruba/Alcatel-Lucent and Fortinet).
NetworkView identifies hundreds of network infrastructure devices and shows graphical views with advanced capabilities including representation of switch stacks and device clusters, user devices to switches physical port connections and user wireless access points associations (Cisco, Aruba/Alcatel-Lucent, Fortinet and Aerohive).
Logical views show the Layer 3 network structure and represent the IP networks and the logical interconnections of the IP interfaces of the devices.Different IP networks are interconnected by IP router devices.
The top level logical view is the Logical infrastructure map showing the IP networks, routers and their interconnections.
IP network symbols can be zoomed to show the devices logically connected to the IP network.
Physical views show the Layer 2 network structure and represent the physical interconnections between network infrastructure devices (switches).
The Physical infrastructure map is the top level physical view showing the network backbone showing the Layer 2 infrastructure devices and their physical links. Layer 2 devices can be zoomed to show its physical endpoint devices.
LACP link aggregates (LAG) and Spanning Tree (STP) blocked links are also visualized in the physical infrastructuremaps.
Click a device symbol to obtain detailed information including the access device used to physically connect to the wired network (switch, port, speed and VLAN). Multiple wired connections and wireless connections are also handled.
Using the symbol popover you also connect to devices supporting some remote access protocol (Apple RDP, HTTP, HTTPS, Telnet and SSH).
Symbol popovers also displays device IP interfaces and ports tables for Layer 2 devices including MAC addresses, port speeds, link aggregate groups (LAG) membership, VLAN and connected endpoint information..
If there is network connectivity to the device, current port status is also displayed. Status values includes connected, not connected, administratively disabled or Spanning Tree (STP) blocked.
Symbol popovers can also quickly display charts showing real time dvice IP interfaces response time and IP interfaces and switch ports traffic.
Although the main objective of NetworkView is to automatically monitor network resources, you can modify the properties of the existing device symbols and add and remove symbols and connections.
Stackable switch symbols can be edited to set the number or units and the exact model of each unit.
Notification Center is an macOS feature that provides an overview of alerts from applications. If enabled, NetworkView can send the generated alerts to the Notification Center.