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Possible to view router traffic (urls etc)?

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As above. I have a netgear wireless router and I'd like to know whether there is a way of monitoring the traffic from all the computers connected to it wirelessly. I can see the individual IP addresses in the router setup.

Many thanks,

Mike
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by:FishMonger
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Most, if not all, routers do or should have at the very least the capability of logging the traffic going though it.  If you want detailed analysis, you can use ethereal packet sniffer. http://www.ethereal.com/  It will capture all traffic to/from your LAN.  You can setup both capture and display filters so that you can narrow it down to the exact computer and/or protocol.  A packet sniffer is one of the utilities that an administrator uses (or should use) to both monitor and track down possible netwotk problems.
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by:mb500
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I can't see HTTP addresses accessed by other computers. Only browser requests and 'handshaking' between the two computers. I'm using a wireless netgear 824m router and a linksys wusb11 usb adapter. Is there a way I could view http information?
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There is a way - you can use a TCP/IP sniffer, however this is a difficult process to run.  It sounds like you have a 2nd computer with a child or supervised user on it.  If this is the case I would recommend a key logger on that system.  A simple program that hides in the system and logs all activity on it.  This will allow you to not only see the HTTP traffic but all activity - IE: Instant messages - IRC connections - Video Chat connections ect..


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by:fletcherandrew
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Use the Kiwi syslog daemon and, if possible, set your router to log traffic to it.  You will be able to see both incoming and outgoing traffic (not detail just bare bones).

http://www.kiwisyslog.com/

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by:zekker
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A good tool for Linux is called NTOP.  it breaks down the top IP's for traffic.

http://people.ee.ethz.ch/~oetiker/webtools/rrdtool/rrdworld/ntop.html
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