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How Can I See Bandwith Usage on my Network

I have a client that is requesting a report of

What is taking up the bandwith on his network...

Some employees are watching videos, some movies and yet others

are listening to web radio and pandora.

Is there software, free or cheep that will allow me to view the bandwith and

who is hogging it all?

Joseph Salazar
Joseph Salazar
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The task and the report requested will not be available with free or cheap software.

We use Solarwinds Orion with the IP/SLA and Netflow modules to poll data from our routers and switches to narrow it down to the actual workstation hogging the bandwidth.

Having said that, you can get by by using wireshark on the network, and then using sawmill or something like that to analyze the data
We just went through this in our organization.  They are not readily available for free.
You can use WireShark but it is tedious work.  Solarwinds have a few modules available with a 30 day trial before you have to purchase it.

If it is a considered option for you, you can try websense free 30day trial of their hosted web security service.  We used that for 2-3 weeks enough to create a report and see if the big bosses want to spend the money to continue it.

Reporting includes which top sites are visited, you can sort by category (games, govt, shopping), top users, bandwidth usage, broken down in specific hour, etc...

You are sure to get productivity up in the ceiling after this report came out.  :-)
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Wrong question, sorry. Disregard my comment.
Ehab SalemCommented:
If you use ISA as proxy you can use it's basic  reporting, or use bandwidth splitter.
Ehab SalemCommented:
If you use ISA as proxy you can use it's basic  reporting, or use bandwidth splitter.
madunixChief Information Security Officer Commented:
I use open source packages Cacti , MRTG  to monitor network....

FYI look @
http://www.groundworkopensource.com GroundWork Monitor Enterprise
http://www.hyperic.com Hyperic HQ
http://www.icinga.org Icinga
http://www.nagios.com Nagios
http://www.n-able.com N-central
http://www.op5.com op5 Monitor
http://www.open-itcockpit.com openITCockpit
http://www.opennms.org OpenNMS
http://www.hp.com/de/bto HP OpenView
http://www.bmc.com BMC PATROL ProactiveNet Performance Management
http://www.shinken-monitoring.org Shinken
http://www.ibm.com/software/de/tivoli IBM Tivoli
http://www.ca.com/de CA Unicenter
http://www.whatsupgold.com WhatsUp Gold
http://www.zabbix.com Zabbix
http://www.zenoss.com Zenoss Enterprise

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