The Network Magic wizard also steps through setting up the basic settings, like names for your computers called Friendly Names , the folders and printers to be shared, and whether you want to receive an Internet and computer activity report automatically each day. Resource Sharing and Network Map You should find it fairly easy to share and access folders and printers on computers loaded with Network Magic, although you can't specify advanced sharing permissions or exactly who can access and edit the folders. It provides troubleshooting instructions to help repair the network. When someone joins the network, a pop-up window appears on each computer loaded with Network Magic to alert users that someone has joined. The program has a file and printer sharing capability that allows all the computers on the network to print using one computer. Of course, when users have networking questions or problems they can browse sites for information, reference a book, or call their closet computer nerd. If the computer that joins is unrecognized, you can view the Network Map, right-click on the computer's icon, and select Track as Intruder.
Understand, however, that not all network troubleshooting, and configuration can be automated — buying a piece of software will not solve all of your problems. After an uneventful install, our Web browser opened to a Web page that explained Pure Networks' participation in the seemingly popular TrialPay program — great for networking on a budget. To our delight, we noticed there was a way to connect to hidden networks. However, it can be used, as in the case we were testing out for another project, to extend the network connection of a computer wirelessly connected to the network to another computer nearby without a wireless card via an Ethernet cable. We were not, however, very impressed with the intrusion detection feature Network Magic provides.
Pure Networks' mission behind the Network Magic software is to help users in homes and small businesses set up and manage their network quickly and easily. The price of the software can be minuscule when comparing the time involved in fixing some networking issues, such as troubleshooting sharing problems or the lost associated with data theft because you didn't understand how to set up wireless encryption. With a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a master's in technical communication, she helps software companies create training documentation. The devices involved in a conflict usually encounter problems like not being able to reach the Internet. Just before we exhausted the wizard's steps, we were instructed to check the status lights of the modem. . The Internet connection can also be tested for proper connectivity and monitored to help maintain a stable connection.
Remote access to shared folders using the Net2Go feature is easily enabled when using a supported router. The map is a tool that makes it easy to pinpoint problems on the network. You can download a 7-day free trial of Network Magic Pro. She specializes in technical, educational and business topics. Websites can be blocked while still allowing computers to share files and data using a network connection. Furthermore, when we ran the troubleshooting wizard in Network Magic it didn't pinpoint the problem, but Network Magic would have still helped you in this situation.
About the Author Nichelle Coleman began writing professionally in 2005 and has contributed to professional sites, including eHow. This helps keep stability on the network. This helps determine what brought down the Internet connection — the modem was in stand-by mode and you must hit the stand-by button. The console also shows if any unauthorized members have attempted to access the computer network. Network Magic was a tool offered by Cisco Systems for monitoring and managing network computers. So we set off to see how well the software works with simulated network problems a user might experience. Next, we wanted to see what Network Magic might do when we have a fight on the network.
Furthermore, even if Windows Firewall caused this sharing issue, the software did not automate the fix. A network map is included in Network Magic that provides a layout of all the computers connected on the network. In 2012, when Linksys -- which was then owned by Cisco -- introduced its Smart Wi-Fi routers, Network Magic was discontinued. It also included security features, such as parent monitoring and intrusion prevention. The repair wizard can be followed step-by-step. Network Magic includes a parent monitoring tool that parents can use to block young kids from accessing certain websites.
When we went to another computer to try to access one of its shared folders, it was not possible. Then, it had us perform a few tasks and checks on the router and modem. Pure Networks Network Magic Pro 4. Additionally, Windows networking tools don't do the best job of explaining terms and features, and detecting and warning users of possible security risks of their network. The Network Magic console allows the administrator of a network to view the computers without sitting directly in front of them. Sadly, Network Magic is unable to help with this issue.
However, Network Magic doesn't come out and recommend enabling the Network Lock feature or any other feature to help protect the network. The map will also highlight any computers that may not be operating properly. Linksys still offers support information for the product on its website. As the software recommends, firewalls typically cause this inability to access shared folders; however, there was no mention of checking the Windows File and Printer Sharing settings. It will also show the computer name and the problem that the computer may be having, such as, a failed Internet connection. For this review we put the software through the ropes to see if it delivers on its promises. He is an author of many wireless networking and computing books including Home Networking All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies Wiley 2008 and Wi-Fi Hotspots: Setting up Public Wireless Internet Access Cisco Press 2006.
Network Magic allows the user to manage files and data easily on computers that are located on a network. If a connection fails, Network Magic assists in re-establishing the network connection. Installation and Setup Not sure what a particular networking term means? The program also has a monitoring tool that alerts the administrator when one of the computers on the network may require a security patch or if virus definitions are out of date. The Network Magic map shows the name of the problem computer and what repair is required. You connect to and manage available and favorite networks through the Wireless Network Manager component, accessible via Network Magic's wireless signal icon in the system tray and from the main Network Tasks screen of Network Magic. There are, however, some improvements that should be made to the software.