Network Monitor

Definition of Network Monitor in The Network Encyclopedia.

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What is Network Monitor?

A Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows NT administrative tool that functions as a software-based network packet analyzer for troubleshooting network problems. You can use Network Monitor to:

  • Capture data frames from a connected network
  • Display, filter, edit, and retransmit frames on the network
  • Monitor and display protocol statistics
  • Examine individual captured frames in detail

    Graphic N-4. Network Monitor.


The version of Network Monitor included with Windows NT is a simplified version that lacks some of the features in the full version included with Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS). In particular, the simplified version can perform only local capturing of data to and from the computer running Network Monitor.