[VoiceOps] Homer vs VoIPMonitor

Lorenzo Mangani lorenzo.mangani at gmail.com
Fri Nov 27 14:36:09 EST 2015

Interesting thread!

I'm one of the authors of Homer and PCAPture, just dropping in to extend
the subject with more details for those interested and by invite of some of
our users on the list.

First of all Homer is free and fully open-source, while VoipMonitor is a
paid application and should be best compared with our commercial product
PCAPture (http://pcapture.com) which provides advanced features and support
for multiple signaling protocols with programmable correlation, passive RTP
Analysis agents with pseudo-MOS, RTCP-XT and RTP-Stats collection,
Injection of arbitrary rows (read syslog or CDRs, QoS) with a correlation
IDs, Geo-Location, Fraud Detection with LCR/ENUM backend, Lawful
Interception and much more in terms of scalability and geo-redundancy - All
while retaining full compatibility with agents using the encapsulation
protocol HEP/EEP which is natively supported in Kamailio, OpenSIPS,
Asterisk, Freeswitch as well as tools such as sipgrep, sngrep and nprobe
making our solution quite transparent to integrate with or without port
spanning/mirroring when needed (read cloud) and able to fetch key internal
data from the platforms it taps natively.

This being said - Homer delivers plenty of value and simply addresses media
monitoring differently without storing and analyzing pcap files, instead
relying on external light-weight analyzers sending customizable QoS reports
at a fraction of the bandwidth, storage and capex cost, with full recording
being an on-demand feature instead of a default. Also our user interfaces
and user experiences are radically different in approach and I'm sure each
satisfies a different audience, without prejudice. I suggest to give both a
try before making a decision ;)

I hope this (inevitably biased) extension helps anyone evaluating their
options more clearly, our team is always available to answer any questions!

Kind Regards,

Lorenzo Mangani

QXIP - Network Engineering
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