Does anyone know of software that does what Network Magic did?
Does anyone know of software that does what Network Magic did?
If you still have your license number/code you can download the software from Cisco/Linksys. It still works on Win 8.1 Pro as well as 8.0 Pro & 7 HP. HTH :cheers:
I do have my license key. However, I had to reinstall Network Magic. Because Cisco/Linksys took down the Network Magic web site, the license key cannot be validated, and therefore will not complete the install. So now I am looking for software that will do what Network Magic did for me before.
That's interesting since I just installed NM on my Win 8.1 Pro box about a month ago and had no problem. :confused:
Are you using Network Magic Pro v5.5?
Sorry to hear that. I was hoping you had a workaround version of the software. The search goes on. :)
I suggest anyone who has network magic and needs to validate it do what I am going to do. Call Cisco and ask how you get it going. When they tell you they no longer support it, tell them you don't want support, just let you use it. Point out that, when you bought it the only restriction was, 8 computers with NM on your router at one time. No time limit, no limits on how long you could use it, and no restriction on reinstalling. There wasn't even a restriction on how many computers you could install it on, only a limit of 8 on your router. Get rid of one and replace it, on the same router, and you were within the limits the software set.
If enough of us complain we may just get them to come up with an open registration, just put in a serial number and off you go. Or make it public domain, I don't care, I just want my network magic to run.
I've heard this is a good alternative to Network Magic [haven't tried it yet]:
So once again is there a program that will do what Network Magic did, work with any router, and not a brand specific modem or router?
I took a look at spiceworks but it is a community and has much more to it and wanted to investigate it more , first look was that the download was much more than i am looking for. I have a couple of freeware Advanced network scanner which can scan to see what is happening and connect /wake with other computers, but I liked what the NM did with shares and nice gui.
very easy to see and manage. I just got used to it. One computer is still registered on it and fine one lists as not connected.
so, this is why. I happened across this site by accident
I dont know why NM keeps on working with some devices and not with others. It will block new additions(intruders) and instantly accept previously connected and set up machines.
I quit bothering with any help or customer service 4 or 5yrs ago. nothing was happening with them way back then but the app worked, till recently.
Abandonware, never heard of it before but great term. put it into my spell check i like it so much
Thanks for the reply. In the last 2 years I had misfortune of having my PC's either die, or had to replace the hard drives. I just had a new PC built with Win7 after the used IMac I got died. I wanted to network the new PC was my laptop I recently installed a new HDD running Vista. For a good while since I was using an Imac and NM would not network it to the PC so I had not install NM.
I too had used Linksys routers for years, however Bell Canada requires you to use their modem/router combo unit, so I packed my Linksys router away. However from the treatment i got from Paulo I will not buy anything from Linksys again.
I have not figured out what is happening with Windows Network the two computers see each other but will not share a blasted thing. I had that is when I went from a laptop running XP to this one with Vista back in 2007. Vista laptop and my XP desktop would see each other and not share. I did the trial of NM and it worked so well I brought it a week later. I used up until 2012 when I replaced the XP desktop that died with the used IMac.
From reading the messages it sounded like NM was working with computers it was already on, but you could download it if had to replace the HDD, reformat the HDD or wanted to add a computer to your net work.
I am willing buy a program that worked like NM but I will not going to buy router to get that ability since I have to use what Bell requires me to use.
Just have not found a replacement program that works like NM did for sale or free download. You would think some company would have something close to NM still in production.
I knew long ago that linksys stopped supporting it but the app still worked. or someone stopped supporting it long ago but maybe there was a linksys forum. i forget the sequence.
I can share among my computers, only one way with linux since windows doesnt recognize it but it is fine with windows apps and programs.
It is crazy how it works.. I began with a linksys 1000 and gave it to my mother years ago because i jumped to a 2000, and then the E3000. all are still in the family but i got a computer from my mother after it got too slow and she got a new imac. i took the old dell, 12 or more yrs old, and plugged it in here with linux i put in it ,again , to rejuvenate it, and as soon as i plugged it in, network magic recognized it, this is less than 2months ago, even had the right name of the computer as it was on the past router, the 1000 ended up at my mothers, all configured with that 'key' that NM had me make all that time ago and was only good for the 1000 or 1500, forget, i had so many linksys routers, half refurbished, and all working after many yrs .
I will be looking, still for a NM replacement. I thought it was just my switching to the Buffalo router I got for free 2yrs ago and left in the box because I really liked how well the E3000 worked. wireless dual band simultaneous was great got really good connection and throughput with Rosewill and Netgear 'n' 2.4 and 5gz bands. the Buffalo is not nearly as good and has no 5gz band at all.
I looked into the spicework or whatever but , as i mentioned, it was a bit more complex than i was looking for, not to say it is bad. there is a community for support . just didnt want to try it. i can use what i have with network magic and transfer among things and use windows where the NM fails. it is less convenient and i am real sorry it is no more.
I installed Spiceworks today, however it far more complicated to set up then the Network Magic. I will work more on this week and see if I can get it work, but is not as intuitive like the NM was, least for me!