Vladislava Kokurkina, Editor / Informer Technologies, Inc. / December 17, 2012
The following tools will be very helpful in case you need to monitor a switch port usage, to get port activity statistic, as well as to be informed if any network problems occur. You will be able to inspect how the switch port works.
These programs can help you with what you're intending to do:
The Switch Port Monitor utility provides visibility into network switches to help you solve common LAN problems. Monitoring switch statistics can reveal duplex mismatches, cabling problems, defective NICs and ports, device connectivity issues, and highly utilized ports (which could indicate bandwidth-hungry users or applications).
Safety Ring Switch Tools is a PC application to manage Safety Ring Switches. The application is designed to use the Safety Ring Switches as managed switches. Safety Ring Switch Tools allows you to configure the Rings on your SRS differently. Up to 2 rings can be configured. Different attributes for the ports can be applied.
NetCmdlets extends Windows PowerShell with a broad range of network management and messaging capabilities.Using Windows PowerShell Server and NetCmdlets, System Administrators can easily script common network management tasks including router configuration, switch port monitoring, directory access, VLAN administration, remote execution, etc.
SwitchWatch is an application that will allow you to find unused ethernet ports and report the port usage on Cisco switches, allowing you to tidy up all those cables cluttering your patch panels that haven’t been used for months, as well as give you other trouble shooting information.
SwitchInspector is an easy to use application that assists you with the design, validation and auditing of your Local Area Network. SwitchInspector provides an easy and effective way to inspect a Cisco LAN switch and report connected network devices.