What tool can I use to monitor network traffic and drop offs

Posted on 2009-04-28
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I run a offsite backup at night and the internet speed seems to be dropping out and even during the day for users. I need a tool that can monitor there Internet traffic or monitor somthing that can tell me the quaility of there Internet speed.
Question by:calitech
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    Accepted Solution

    You could give wireshark a go.

    WIreshark is a nework protocol analyser so you can monitor traffic and see if someone is broadcasting or downloading. Plus it is free.
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    Expert Comment

    you can use prgram like wincap of wireshark or even if you don't want to spend money you can use a feature in the windows server calle network monitor tools can install it from add remove programs ----> add remove windows components and go to monitoring tools all of those programs are easy to use give you statistics and detailed info about what is going on
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    Expert Comment

    Usually, p2p and online-TV will consume most of your bandwidth. To monitor and save your bandwidth, you need an internet filter product, for example: WFilter Enterprise. It can monitor internet activities, block p2p traffic and downloading. Homepage:

    Author Comment

    The problem is the line from the modem to the switch board or data block is a long run, I think the quality sucks and need to have some kind of report to show the owner so they do something about it. I use a speakeasy speed test and the result vary so much. It would be nice to have something running all day and night to pull a report of the speeds maybe.

    Author Comment

    Does anyone know how to use wireshark?

    my question is in regards to the line quailty. I need to know the quality drops off at night because of other people on the same network in the area we live. So I would like some kind of program that can tell me we were 1.5mbps and then drops to 786kbps at 11pm. I just want to see how consistant the internet service is.

    Author Comment

    anyother programs.

    Author Closing Comment

    thanks, I wish I had some other chices, Wireshark is very complicated to use.

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