networking monitoring tool

Posted on 2006-07-22
Last Modified: 2013-12-07
Can i have a network monitoring tool ,
where i can track each user what they are uploading and downloading and the bandwidth they are using


Question by:jajati
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jessmca earned 85 total points
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Best done on the actually users computer or on a switch or router the are connecting through

If you post what hardware they are connecting through we may be able to advise you better.

If you are using ISA or a Unix gateway, software can be installed on this to give graphic charts of usage by ip address

I use bandwidthd on Unix

If your switch has a http console, you can at least monitor traffic on the port the computer is contected to.

Best place to catch it is the gateway.
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by:Pete Long
Pete Long earned 83 total points
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Hi jajati,
Network monitoring and troubleshooting


Fluke Gear

One Touch (approx $5000)

NetTool (approx $1400)

OptiView (approx $17000)

Optiview Workgroup analyser

DSP-4300 Tester (approx $5000)

Wave Runner Wireless Tester (For Compaq Ipaq) (approx $4000)


Fluke Optiview (Network Inspector) (approx $8000),mss__cat_id--320,prod_id--6609426,rf--wgg.html

Ethereal (FREEWARE) - Best for sniffing traffic in and out of an interface

Sniffer Pro - Investigator (approx $5000)

Sniffer Basic (approx $1000)

Solarwinds Engineers Toolkit (price £688.00 sterling)
(This is a fantastic product - I use it every day)

EtherPeek NX ($3500)

MTRG (Multi Router Traffic Grapher) (FREEWARE)


NetworkActiv Scanner 4.0  (FREEWARE)


Network Probe 1.0.2  ($300.00)
Freeware Version

NetStatLive from AnalogX (FREEWARE)

OnLineEye (TRAILWARE)($15 to buy)


Expert Comment

ID: 17159554
please check your links some are broken
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we are using ISA server and users are connccted through gateway

i want to check each and every user usages. how can i do that

Expert Comment

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If the ISA Server is the gateway, have a look at this

Thisi will make the log data more readable

This is where you want to be catching data though
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by:Pete Long
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Titanium_Sniper  - Cheers

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PugnaciousOne earned 83 total points
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Etherial is now known as Wireshark, just for an FYI in case you're trying to find it.
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prashsax earned 83 total points
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Ok, here is a link for Monitoring the Internet Connections going thru ISA server.

These utilities will install as add-on to ISA and integrate with it.

Then you can monitor, just what the user is browsing, how much data they are downloading etc.

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GazWright earned 83 total points
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A great piece of software to use is called Kerio Winroute firewall, if you have some budget get it, it allows you to monitor a users internet useage, but also set a quota, once the quota has been reached for that day / month you can either cap then at a specified bandwith or block their access completelty.
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Expert Comment

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Since you already have ISA, you can do what ever you want using it.

If you want to do quota management and Bandwidth Management, then these softwares can be installed:

For Real Time Monitornig and Bandwidth Reporting per user. Use GFI Webmonitor.
It can work as freeware after 30days with reporting feature only.

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Ryan_R earned 83 total points
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if you want to see WHEN data is coming in /out of your PC (not worried by who) you can use the tray icon that comes with Zone Alarm Firewall
you can also look at the lights on your switch/hub - they flash when data going in / out of them and you can trace the number next to the light to the computer connected to it (easy free solution)
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or you can use Remote Desktop Software to look at their screen and you can see exactly what they're doing - ie get TightCVNC

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