Ethereal wanted.
PRTG encountered.


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

  • Much less efforts for
    implementation compared
    to set up Ethereal

  • PRTG isn't open source
    like Ethereal, but much
    more flexible and all-in.


Free Download

Unlimited version of PRTG for 30 days. After 30 days, PRTG reverts to a free version.
Or, you can upgrade to a paid license anytime.


Looking for Ethereal?

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

  • Flows and all-in-one packet sniffing

  • REST APIs returning XML or JSON

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

A quick glimpse into PRTG Network Monitor


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.



Free Download

Unlimited version of PRTG for 30 days. After 30 days, PRTG reverts to a free version.
Or, you can upgrade to a paid license anytime.



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

PRTG can be started within minutes and it's compatible with many mobile devices.


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, and more, in one view!



PRTG simplifies your day

Our monitoring software works for you and promptly notifies you of potential issues.
It frees you to concentrate on your day-to-day tasks with peace of mind.


PRTG saves time

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

PRTG saves worry

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

PRTG saves money

80% of our customers report substantial or even exceptional cost savings in the area of network monitoring. The experience shows that the costs for licenses have paid for themselves within a matter of weeks.




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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Free Download

Unlimited version of PRTG for 30 days. After 30 days, PRTG reverts to a free version.
Or, you can upgrade to a paid license anytime.



Over 95% of our customers recommend PRTG


Paessler AG worldwide trialled PRTG in over 600 IT departments.
The aim was to tune the network monitoring software closer to the needs of the administrators.
The result of the survey: over 95% of the participants would recommend PRTG - or already had.

Recommend PRTG


“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

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.




Free Download



Try PRTG for free

Everyone has different monitoring needs. That’s why we let you try PRTG for free. Start now with your 30-day trial.




Network Monitoring Software - Version (December 1st, 2021)


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


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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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