Solved

WiFi Monitoring

Posted on 2014-07-20
8
223 Views
Last Modified: 2014-08-09
I have a client who would like to monitor web activity. The network he wants to monitor is a guest WiFi network, on a completely separate ISP than their corporate network.
The Wifi access point is an ISP provided router, and does not appear to have any logging capabilities.

I am open to both hardware/software suggestions.... the only caveat, it has to be easy.
Having tested several options (WireShark, and several other less well known) none have the capability to provide him a simple read out of activity. Everything appears to require an IT guy to interpret the output, or a secondary program to analyze the data.

Does anyone know a product that will give him a simple read out for web activity?
0
Comment
Question by:PeppeLaPew
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
8 Comments
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:duncanb7
ID: 40207436
What you mean , "read out for web activity" ?
You can save all activity in cap file or save it in csv format
Could you explain it in more detail ? Probably, wireshark is really popular

Dunca
0
 
LVL 95

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 40207461
I use CommView and (like Wireshark) the simple tools are packet sniffing tools and are not user oriented.

For an easy, user-oriented, GUI reporting tool, you need What's Up by Ipswitch.

http://www.whatsupgold.com/
0
 
LVL 3

Expert Comment

by:nickoarg
ID: 40209009
You can also try using a transparent proxy such as Squid that will log the requests. Most users will not know the proxy is there.
0
Manage your data center from practically anywhere

The KN8164V features HD resolution of 1920 x 1200, FIPS 140-2 with level 1 security standards and virtual media transmissions at twice the speed. Built for reliability, the KN series provides local console and remote over IP access, ensuring 24/7 availability to all servers.

 

Author Comment

by:PeppeLaPew
ID: 40211414
What you mean , "read out for web activity" ?
 You can save all activity in cap file or save it in csv format
 Could you explain it in more detail ? Probably, wireshark is really popular


By read out.... I mean the information as it is displayed to the user. The information displayed by wireshark requires a person with some technical ability to Comprehend/Filter/Analyze.

He needs a program/router/something that will give him a easy to read report.
Something like:
These are the devices detected, these are the web requests from that device, this many times, on these dates.
0
 
LVL 95

Accepted Solution

by:
John Hurst earned 500 total points
ID: 40211424
Try What's Up.
0
 

Author Comment

by:PeppeLaPew
ID: 40250698
Sorry for the delay.... What's up would work, but was too expensive of a solution for my client.
Changed the routers DNS servers to Open DNS
Opened an account on open DNS with his external IP.
Turned on logging.

Now the client can see WiFi traffic (at least DNS requests) and block web sites at a global level.
Unfortunately its not able to tell him which computer generated the request, but it's free.

Thanks all!
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:PeppeLaPew
ID: 40250704
Whats Up would have probably have been a more complete solution than the OpenDNS, so you get the points.
Sometimes those $$ make a client settle for less than a complete solution
0
 
LVL 95

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 40250711
@PeppeLaPew  - Thanks for the update. I have used Whats Up where the client was willing to entertain the cost, but they got what they wanted.
0

Featured Post

PeopleSoft Has Never Been Easier

PeopleSoft Adoption Made Smooth & Simple!

On-The-Job Training Is made Intuitive & Easy With WalkMe's On-Screen Guidance Tool.  Claim Your Free WalkMe Account Now

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Load balancing is the method of dividing the total amount of work performed by one computer between two or more computers. Its aim is to get more work done in the same amount of time, ensuring that all the users get served faster.
PRTG Network Monitor lets you monitor your bandwidth usage, so you know who is using up your bandwidth, and what they're using it for.
Here's a very brief overview of the methods PRTG Network Monitor (https://www.paessler.com/prtg) offers for monitoring bandwidth, to help you decide which methods you´d like to investigate in more detail.  The methods are covered in more detail in o…
In this tutorial you'll learn about bandwidth monitoring with flows and packet sniffing with our network monitoring solution PRTG Network Monitor (https://www.paessler.com/prtg). If you're interested in additional methods for monitoring bandwidt…

734 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question