Need a bandwidth monitor

I asked before but was hoping some new software has come out that will allow us to monitor what is using up our bandwidth?   We can't afford Solarwinds.

Any advice will be appreciated.
J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAsked:
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Benjamin VoglarIT ProCommented:
What kind of a switches do you use?
Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Could you post a reference to the previous question, so we do not recommend just the same?
J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
The post was many moons ago.  I'm going to use the Solarwinds 30 day trial unless you have something else.

The switches are unmanaged
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Dirk MareSystems Engineer (Acting IT Manager)Commented:
What router are you using?

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J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
Cisco provided by Telepacific.  I have no access to it.
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Dirk MareSystems Engineer (Acting IT Manager)Commented:
You can always install a cheap Mikrotik RB750GR2 and monitor traffic to and from it (install between your network switch and your cisco router).

Have a look at this forum post

The router is not free but its cheap $40, the software is limited but will give you an idea who's doing what. Other alternative options is to install free Linux distribution of..
Smoothwall
Endian
Zeroshell
Untangle
Zentyal
All of the above are free with paid options, most of them come with proxy services and can be installed on very old PC hardware Pentium 3..


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J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
Thanks
akbCommented:
Hi Dirk,
Do you know if this will work with a Mikrotik RB2011UAS-2HnD?
I am very interested in this.
Dirk MareSystems Engineer (Acting IT Manager)Commented:
Not sure, I have successfully  tested it on the RB1100

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