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Author Topic: Network Magic alternative  (Read 4319 times)

Midnight Rambler

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Network Magic alternative
« on: October 07, 2013, 02:51:48 PM »
I managed a 3-PC home network with Cisco Network Magic Pro v. 4.9x.  Just added a fourth cleint, a Thinkpad running Win 7 Pro 64-bit and after installing NM on the laptop, found that Cisco discontinued the program and shut down its sever used to register NM (to elevate the free version to pro).  The free version of NM isn't worth the disk space it occupies so am looking for a NM alternative I can install on all four clients.

Googled "network magic alternative" but found only Spiceworks Desktop as a viable alternative.  Issue is, Spiceworks is not exactly user-friendly and is geared more toward IT professionals, not home network administrators.

Any suggestions?  Thanks.
Compaq Presario 5716 (98), Dell Dimension 4700 (XP), Lenovo ThinkPad T530 (Win 7).

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Re: Network Magic alternative
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2013, 05:08:48 PM »
I think you may be out of luck. AFAIK Network Magic was unique. So unless you wanted to get into the so-called 'pro' network software market, Cisco's orphan was it. Untangle Gateway used to have a PC-hosted version that did much of what NM did. But they discontinued that awhile back. Untangle is strictly a 'dedicated box' installation these days.  

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Re: Network Magic alternative
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2013, 08:08:02 PM »
You're probably right.  Still, was hoping some program available on this site would suffice.  Guess the demand isn't large enough.
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Re: Network Magic alternative
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2013, 08:24:35 PM »
I did some additional checking and I've been told the official replacement product for Network Magic is something called SMART-Wifi. Info here.

Apparently Cisco has taken an appstore approach (like everyone else lately) with this - and it only works with certain Linksys/Cisco "smart" routers so I don't know if this is helpful to you.

Probably worth a look at least.

Luck! :Thmbsup: