monitor bandwidth on network

Posted on 2009-04-16
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Is there a way to monitor bandwidth over the network by ip and/or user name over a local area network through a program which could run on a server?

i know it can be done with a router but i was looking for something a little more... elegant and rich.
Question by:berserkerror08
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    You could try Nessus from
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    You could also try Bandwidth Monitor. Not as rich looking, bu cheaper.

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    im looking for somethings a little different. similar to bandwidth monitor except, i want to be able to, as the systems admin, be able to track which users/ips are using how much bandwidth. essentially, if bandwidth monitor could be installed on  a server and let me know that john doe is downloading something at 800 kbs, i would be in heaven. does such a product exist? ive been looking for weeks.
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    Well theres Comview, I am not sure if you can see a specific "user" though,
    OR whatsup Gold
    again not sure if you can see a "User" but can monitor a workstation
    Is it a requirement that it display the user name as well as the IP? You don't have assigned computers?
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    I forgot to add the last one in the list will tell you what services are usng the bandwidth
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    Does your network gear support flow technologies? If so then a flow analyzer can give you details of bandwidth usage per IP and per protocol basis. below are a few flow analyzers;

    SolarWinds NetFlow Analyzer      NetFlow/SFlow
    Scrutinizer NetFlow/Sflow Analyzer      NetFlow/SFlow
    Caligare Flow Inspector      NetFlow/SFlow
    PRTG      NetFlow/RRDTool
    Adventnet Netflow Analyzer      NetFlow
    StealthWatch® Xe      SFlow
    Traffic Sentinel      SFlow
    Splunk      Propriety

    In case your network gear does not support flows, then you can use Nprobe as a alternative;
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    if you can use netflow, go with manage engine network analyzer.  it is so easy and very helpful.  the free trial will have you up and running in about 3 minutes.

    download it,
    install it on a box (note the port it is listening on for netflow)
    go to your switch or router and tell it to send netflow packets to the ip and port of your netflow analyzer
    you are done.

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