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Posted on 2013-11-14
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Hi All,

Im interested in building a small PC with two network cards which i can plug in the our network allowing all traffic to flow through this PC and out to the internet.

The idea would be to have some software that would analyse the traffic and report on various things like bandwith usage and protocols etc

i recall using an exinda device to do this in the past which was very helpful in troubleshooting speed issues with out remote users.

this pc would only be temporary which i would take to various office sites to analyze traffic.

is there any software that does this?
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by:Ian Meredith
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What you seem to be needing is a software based firewall product.

Microsoft have their own product called Forefront
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Forefront_Threat_Management_Gateway

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc700820.aspx

There are some competitors but mostly in the Linux space....
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_router_or_firewall_distributions
http://www.zeroshell.org/

My opinion, for the best level of protection consider a hardware based solution....
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by:BA-IT-2000
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the idea would be to stick this device in for a few days to analyze traffic and report on various items.

It is not meant to be a permanent solution or even for security, purely for monitoring and analyzing
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Smoothwall may be more the product for your needs then.  

There is a open source free version but the reporting features of the business product are inline with your requirements.

You can get a 30 day trial version to get the features you need.
http://www.smoothwall.com/en-gb/solutions/business
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Micro Keylogger records almost all the activities on the computer. Not like other so-called invisible keyloggers, Micro Keylogger is invisible from Desktop, Start Menu, Task Bar and more. It runs in stealth and won't have any impact on the system performance. http://download.cnet.com/Micro-Keylogger/3000-2162_4-75375292.html
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