Network Monitor is a living example of a so called Rich Internet Application (R.I.A.), build with the Adobe Flex 2 framework. It consists of a client to be loaded in a web browser and a central database facility to house the requested data.
Using Network Monitor is as simple as pointing your web browser to any internet or LAN (local area net) location. The Network Monitor client is loaded into your web browser via the Adobe Flash Player™ plugin. Any communication and data requests are handled by the Network Monitor client with help of the web browser.
All you need is a PC or Mac with a network connection, and a web browser with the Adobe Flash Player™ plugin (version 9.0 or better). Adobe Flash Player™ was probably installed with your web browser and is available for a wide range of platforms and languages. (The installation of the plugin is tested as you start Network Monitor.)
In the background Network Monitor is connected to a central data base, from which all information is retrieved. A special gateway optimizes your requests and prepares the responses.
The central parts:
So there are in total 3 parts required:
- A web browser with the Adobe Flash player™ plugin
- A working network connection
- A working server housing the data base
Should there be any trouble, check the web browser for the Flash Player plug-in and the state of your network connection. As all is right contact your local network administrator for the server. (In case that the data bas is not up and running, you Network Monitor displays an according alert.)
2) System Requirements
The only system requirement for the client is a web browser with the"Adobe Flash Player" plug-in, version 9.0 or higher.
"Adobe Flash Player 9" is available for the following platforms and web browsers (As of september 2007, Source: Adobe):
|System versions:||Microsoft Windows Vista
Microsoft Windows XP
Windows Server 2003
|Web browser:||MS Internet Explorer 6+, Firefox 1.5+, Mozilla 1.0+, Netscape 7.0+, AOL 9, Opera 7.11+|
|System versions:||Mac OS X v.10.1 or higher|
|Web browser:||Firefox 1.0+, Mozilla 1.0+, Netscape 7.0+, AOL for Mac OS X, Opera 6+, Safari 1.0+|
|Processor:||PPC, Intel (Intel: Firefox 184.108.40.206+)|
|System versions:||Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 3 update 8,
RHEL 4 update 4 (AS/ES/WS)
Novell SUSE 9.x or 10.1
|Web browser:||Firefox 220.127.116.11+, Mozilla 1.7+, SeaMonkey 1.0.5+|
|Solaris (Sun OS)|
|System versions:||Solaris 10|
|Web browser:||Firefox 1.5.0+, Mozilla 1.7.0+|
This is the list of tested combinations given by Adobe. As Network Monitor doesn't need the full support of the "Adobe Flash Player" the list of supported browsers is probably longer than this "Mozilla 1.x" includes probably most if not all derivates of the Mozilla/Firefox browser. The same applies to Apple Safari (or WebKit) and most other open source browsers.
Flash Player 9 – Supported Languages
Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, English, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Korean, and Spanish.
As the real time generation of social network graphs requires some computational power, we recommend a PC with a processor rate of 1 GHz or higher. There is a special "economy" mode for older machines that performs with a lower load while providing good results. (To select this click the "Options" button and select in the tab Algorithm: Render mode = Economy.)