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Hi all,

I'd like to find a simple (graphical and free, hopefully) program that can monitor the bandwidth usage for our small network and figure out who's hogging up all the bandwidth.

WikiHow is suggesting that i use Wireshark. Is that a good choice?

Thanks in advance.
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by:Bryant Schaper
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Take a look at manageengine opmanager or prtg. They both have free tiers for smaller networks. Wire shark is more for traffic analysis not usage.
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Cacti is another alternative.

http://www.cacti.net/index.php

It's a free tool that you can use to analyze your traffic and configure to meet your needs.
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Re Cacti - it appears you have to run some kind of Linux/Apache to use it? It seems it can't be installed straight onto a Windows machine?
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Yes, this is true. Cacti is a Linux only application. I run it on a VM and it works great for me.
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how many machines we talking about?
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Hi - I'm trying to learn networking on a very small scale at home. We're talking 5 stations.
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Prtg is quick and easy to setup
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Thanks all.

I'm going to try both.
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