SYSLOG messages protocol is the most contemporary one on the Net as we know it. It was developed by the author of sendmail, one of the oldest and still most popular mail transfer agent (MTA). And SYSLOG protocol, likewise, is not an «ancient and no longer actual» thing that you have no need to care about; its the most profound and reliable way of obtaining network equipment state.
Switches, routers, servers, DSL modems all of them can be easily set up to send all their state-changing messages to a single «Syslog server». Windows does not have a Syslog server by default, but you can use the Syslog Watcher software, which meets the highest standards for the reliability user-friendliness.
The Personal Edition of Syslog Watcher addresses the monitoring of home devices, like home network router, or xDSL modem; Nice news about this edition is it is completely free! All you youd need to get started with the monitoring is simply install and run Syslog Watcher, and then configure the device to be monitored to use your computer as the Syslog server. Typically, you need no further configuration, but Syslog Watchers settings allow you to get along with virtually any device, which supports SYSLOG, including exotic ones. All messages obtained from the device will be shown on the message list in the applications main window.
You can easily sort and filter this list, as well as obtain full information about each message. Additionally, all messages can be logged to the file for further analysis.
Syslog Watcher Standard Edition 2.8 Syslog Watcher Standard Edition gathers syslog via UDP and TCP protocols. This syslog server was specially designed for effective work in Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008 and has a
Syslog Watcher Personal Edition 2.8 Free syslog analyzer for collecting and reviewing syslog messages from one network appliance. This syslog collector is an ideal choice for monitoring a home-LAN device (e.g.xDSL
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