Overview of Observer
Observer is the network administrator's ultimate toolbox. Deep packet inspection, network analysis, and network management tools are included at various depths.
Note: All Observer versions use the same set of TCP ports to communicate with Observer Platform probes. For more details, see Ports used by Observer Platform v17 and later.
Observer Standard allows you to discover your network, capture and decode network traffic, and use real-time statistics to solve network problems. For more details, see Comparing Observer versions.
Observer Expert allows you to discover your network, capture and decode network traffic, and use real-time statistics to solve network problems. Expert is also the first offering of Observer to include advanced analysis tools for graphically viewing network conversations, analyzing server response time, VoIP, and much more. For more details, see Comparing Observer versions.
Observer Suite allows you to discover your network, capture and decode network traffic, and use real-time statistics to solve network problems. Suite also includes advanced analysis tools for graphically viewing network conversations, analyzing server response time, and VoIP. Suite is also the first offering of Observer to include SNMP device management, support for RMON, and advanced reporting options. For more details, see Comparing Observer versions.
The depth of features in Observer depends on which product license you purchased. For information about Observer licenses, see FAQ: Licensing and updating.