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What router, software combination can I get to track bandwith use on my network?

Posted on 2011-03-17
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have a home network with many devices on it:
VOIP boxes

Is there a router and/or software that I can get that will allow me to track the bandwidth usage of all these devices? I'd like to be able to get some simple report or chart showing which device is using how much bandwidth and when.
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by:Ernie Beek
ID: 35157142
If your router/switch (or a router) supports snmp you could use for example PRTG: http://www.paessler.com/prtg Use it on your switch and you can see a per-port bandwidth usage.

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How do you enable SNMP on Tivo and Wii?
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by:Ernie Beek
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Don't know if that is possible/available. That's the reason I said to monitor the switch (if possible). You then have only one device to monitor and if you do that per port you can monitor the traffic per device. Assuming there is only one device attached to a port of course.
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Even if I did get a SNMP switch, I'd have to set up a switch for each of those devices, and based on their locations, that's physically impractival.  Thaat's why I was hoping there might be a router that could just record the amount of traffic being sent through each IP or MAC address.
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Ernie Beek earned 2000 total points
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Ok, didn't know that.

Then you should look at a router that support sFlow or Netflow. With that you should be able to monitor per machine/per protocol. Or use packet sniffing.
Have a look at: http://www.paessler.com/support/kb/questions/19

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Works for me:
"Then you should look at a router that support sFlow or Netflow. With that you should be able to monitor per machine/per protocol. Or use packet sniffing.
Have a look at: http://www.paessler.com/support/kb/questions/19"
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