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Anyone know of a good free program that works on windows that will show my network traffic like the bandwidth. I would also like to see if I can track packet loss. Currently I have a Pixfirewall 515 on the inside and a perimeter 1720 router.

Thanks,

James
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by:jabiii
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ethereal will capture network traffic and you can calculate your throughput, but bandwidth you would have to already know.
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try this.  but you can just google.  free network bandwidth monitors

http://netsecurity.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.lp23.com/bandwidth%5Fmonitor.php
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by:Okigire
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I'm not sure what exactly you're looking for.  If you want to examine packets (individually) then Ethereal is a very populat tool.  It basically reads/sniffs packets and displays them inside the application.
http://www.ethereal.com

If you're simply looking for bandwidth, I know of a small free tool called RxTx.  It's a very simple program but effective - shows data in bits or bytes (you choose) coming in and going out.
http://www.netfor2.com/RxTx32Help.html

If you're looking for something more specific, please post it up and we'll see what we can find.
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by:Naser Gabaj
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Greetings wilsj,

The best in freeware is ntop-xtra

http://www.openxtra.co.uk/products/ntop-xtra.php

Enjoy it & Good Luck!

Naser
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The PRTG Traffic Grapher will allow you to use 3 sensors for free. This product shows bandwidth graphs over short and long-term periods.

http://www.paessler.com/prtg
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Is there some documentation on setting this up using a pix firewall?
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You have to enable SNMP on the PIX. Then configure PRTG.

PIX# config terminal
PIX(config)# snmp-server host inside 192.168.254.10
PIX(config)# snmp-server location OFFICE
PIX(config)# snmp-server contact ADMINISTRATOR
PIX(config)# snmp-server community read
PIX(config)# exit
PIX#wr mem

snmp-server host inside = The PC with PRTG installed.
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I am on my way out. I will try this tomorrow and let you know.

Thanks for the help
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