Network Magic is wireless Internet management software that repairs broken Internet connections, manages printers, creates work groups and manages file sharing. The program, developed by Cisco Pure Networks, offers a free trial, but users are required to purchase upgrades and licenses once the trial has expired in order to continue using its premium services. Upgrades start at £19.40. Alternatives to Network Magic--some of which are free--are available for network management in the form of software, operating systems and home servers.
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OP Manager is available as a download from Manage Engine. The software is free of charge for a basic home license. Users can manage up to 10 Wi-Fi capable devices from a single account. The software manages network connections, servers, bandwidth, LAN and VoIP. OP Manager also assists in network discovery and infrastructure management. The software has a full support website with demo videos, instructions and toll free support phone number.
Device Expert is not as complex as Network Magic or OP Manager, but it does assist in basic wireless Internet device management. Device Expert is capable of detecting wireless devices with broken connections and configuring connections. Device Expert keeps track of device and router credentials and runs network, configuration, user and policy compliance reports. A free edition of the software is available for up to two devices.
Windows OS and Windows Home Server
The Windows operating system (the OS choice for most PC users) is equipped with network management technology. Users can create work groups and networks within the network settings feature, though they may find it a bit more complicated than Network Magic. An emblem in the bottom navigation bar allows users to quickly repair and diagnose broken connections with the click of a mouse. On the up side, this feature comes standard in all Windows systems. For file sharing technology, Microsoft offers the Windows Home Server that simplifies network file sharing between multiple computers. You must purchase this technology through a major retailer. Prices start around £58.
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