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Paessler PRTG

Ethereal wanted.
PRTG encountered.


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    PRTG is not just
    an alternative to Ethereal,
    but an upgrade!

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    Much less efforts for
    implementation compared
    to set up Ethereal
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    PRTG isn't open source
    like Ethereal, but much
    more flexible and all-in



Looking for Ethereal? Try PRTG.

PRTG offers you all the functionalities like you know
and expect from Ethereal –and much more.

This is what Ethereal primarily does for you:

  • Packet Sniffing

More than Ethereal – this is what PRTG offers in addition:

  • SNMP: ready to use and custom options

  • WMI and Windows Performance Counters

  • SSH: for Linux/Unix and macOS systems

  • All-in-one flow monitoring & packet sniffing

  • REST APIs returning XML or JSON

  • HTTP requests, Ping, SQL and so much more...

A quick glimpse into PRTG Network Monitor 


Comparison: PRTG vs. Ethereal


  • Open Source, but high efforts for implementation and maintenance

  • Requires high skills in programming/scripting, usability not directly understandable without help

  • Primarily just a sniffing tool

  • Individually extendable




  • Auto-Discovery of your entire networks and more than 250 pre-defined sensors – start right away

  • Many different and clear dashboards, completely individual maps, auto-discovery to start monitoring right away

  • Sniffing & Monitoring of applications, networks, traffic hardware, bandwidth, IoT and many more

  • Flexible extendable by using the REST API, scripting and custom sensors




No license costs for Ethereal?












Think twice

Think twice

Ethereal is open source and free - but does it fit your needs right from the start?

You surely need much more advice and consulting than using PRTG. Especially in the long run, PRTG is much cheaper.

Looking for a flexible Open Source Network Software like Ethereal?

Think twice 


PRTG is not Open Source, but one of the most flexible tools in the market.



Keep a constant eye on your network – even while on the go

Set up PRTG in minutes and use it on almost any mobile device.


PRTG comes with all the features you need, plus more your IT infrastructure won't want to live without.



PRTG monitors these vendors and applications in one view!


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PRTG makes your job easier

Our monitoring software frees you to focus on other tasks by promptly notifying you of potential issues.


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Save effort

PRTG gives you one central monitoring tool for your servers and entire network. Enjoy a quick overview of your whole infrastructure via our dashboard and app.

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Save time

Getting started with PRTG is a breeze. Setting up or switching from another network monitoring tool is easy thanks to the auto-discovery and pre-configured device templates.

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Save money

80% of our customers report substantial cost savings with network monitoring. Your costs of licenses will likely pay for themselves within weeks.



“Easy to implement and configure with good technical support.”

R. v. S., ICT Manager at Heinen & Hopman Eng BV


Trusted by 500,000 users and recognized
by industry analysts as a leader


“Fantastic network and infrastructure monitoring solution that is easy to deploy and easier still to use. Simply the best available.”

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“Software is absolutely perfect, Support is superior. Meets all needs and requirements, this is a must have solution if you are needing any form of monitoring.”

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“The tool excels at its primary focus of being a unified infrastructure management and network monitoring service.”

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PRTG vs. other monitoring tools

PRTG vs. other monitoring tools

We asked: would you recommend PRTG?
Over 95% of our customers say yes!


Paessler AG conducted trials in over 600 IT departments worldwide to tune its network monitoring software closer to the needs of sysadmins.
The result of the survey: over 95% of the participants would recommend PRTG – or already have.


Recommend PRTG


Create innovative solutions with Paessler’s partners

Partnering with innovative vendors, Paessler unleashes synergies to create
new and additional benefits for joined customers.


Paessler and Plixer provide a complete solution adding flow and metadata analysis to a powerful network monitoring tool.

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IT that works constitutes a business-critical basis for a company's success. Availability and security must be defined for the respective purpose and closely monitored – by OT and IT alike.

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Siemon and Paessler bring together intelligent building technology and advanced monitoring and make your vision of intelligent buildings and data centers become reality.

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“The support we received from Paessler AG was extremely reassuring. Their reaction time, know-how, and solutions were outstanding in every department.”

Andreas Reimann, Senior Networking Communication Architect at Zürich Airport. Zürich Airport uses more than 4,500 sensors for its monitoring


Still not convinced?



More than 500,000 sysadmins love PRTG

Paessler PRTG is used by companies of all sizes. Sysadmins love PRTG because it makes their job a whole lot easier.

Still not convinced?


Monitor your entire IT infrastructure

Bandwidth, servers, virtual environments, websites, VoIP services – PRTG keeps an eye on your entire network.



Try Paessler PRTG for free

Everyone has different monitoring needs. That’s why we let you try PRTG for free. Start now with your trial.




Network Monitoring Software - Version (April 10th, 2024)


Download for Windows and cloud-based version PRTG Hosted Monitor available


English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese


Up to 100 sensors for free (Price List)

Unified Monitoring

Network devices, bandwidth, servers, applications, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and more

Supported Vendors & Applications

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