Trace the network packets

Posted on 2003-11-05
Last Modified: 2010-04-15
I am trying to write a program which would trace the statistics of the bandwidth  usage , the no. of packets lost , the no. of packets sent and recieved over the network from one IP to another IP , when I am conducting Videoconferencing using NetMeeting .

Are there any C builtin functions for this?


Question by:janu_s

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mtmike earned 50 total points
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There are no standard functions, but take a look at libpcap:

And winpcap:

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Also remember, any packet capturing on host might severely affect performance for high bandwidth applications based on CPU-Power to Bandwidth needed ratio.

The idea scenario will be to use a tap in the middle of the hosts to snoop on packets at physical level.

Other option is to use a switch in between and using the switch statistics to calculate the bandwidth. All mediam to high end switches will have some kind of SNMP/RMON interface to get info like packets transferred.

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do you work on Linux or windows?

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I am using Winodws

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