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DealBITS Drawing: Win a Copy of IPNetMonitorX

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Networking is one of those topics that generates a vast number of questions. How fast is my Internet connection? What IP addresses are in use on my network? How can I improve the performance of my wireless network by adjusting the position and orientation of my AirPort base station? Is my ISP on a DNS blacklist that's preventing my mail from getting through? Are there any services running on my Mac (and creating a security vulnerability) that I didn't realize were active? Is my server crashing regularly in the middle of the night?

There are a variety of tools that can answer some of these questions, particularly if you're extremely comfortable at the Unix command line, but if you're a Mac user who prefers a graphical interface, a better option is Sustainable Softworks' IPNetMonitorX. Run by networking guru Peter Sichel, Sustainable Softworks has built up a reputation for creating networking tools that look deep into the guts of the Mac OS to answer all the above questions and many more.

In this week's DealBITS drawing, you can enter to win one of two copies of IPNetMonitorX. Entrants who aren't among our lucky winners will receive a discount on IPNetMonitorX, so be sure to enter at the DealBITS page. All information gathered is covered by our comprehensive privacy policy. Remember too, that if someone you refer to this drawing wins, you'll receive the same prize as a reward for spreading the word.

 

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