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How to find the IP address which consumes the network bandwidth in real time ?

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People,

I'm just a server support engineer so I have no clue in networking, so I need you help to assist me in what software or technology to find which IP address in my network is consuming the largest bandwidth ?

I have extended the network bandwidth for Guest wireless from 10 MBps to 20 MBps but it is still maxed out.

Note: all of the network switch and WLAN AP are Cisco brand, the Firewall is Juniper brand.

If possible the solution is the freeware ones or not more than $250 in terms of software license.

Thanks
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by:yo_bee
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You need a utility like solarwinds.
http://www.solarwinds.com/

This gets the Netflow or packets from your switches and gives you reports and graphs of each node on your system. I know this product is not cheap so please do not be fooled about the application being free.  

If you have more than 10 nodes (each computer is a node) than it starts to get costly.

I have not personally found anything free.  

You also need to have knowledge of commands for your network hardware.

Hope this helps.
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by:Senior IT System Engineer
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Yes yo bee,

I have enabled that technology and then use PRTG in the past but don't know how to interpret ?
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by:yo_bee
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I am not a network guru, so my knowledge is very limited.  I do know you need to enable monitoring for Netflow. You may want to google that. Also PRTG software is not free over ten devices.

Do you have a actual concern or just trying to be proactive.
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by:Craig Beck
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You don't need solarwinds. You can use the firewall or WLAN.

Your WLAN is Cisco so you can use AVC.
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by:pgm554
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Jupiter should have some sort of utility in it's firewall that let's you see who the top ip talkers are ,and where they are connecting too.
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by:Fred Marshall
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PRTG will tell you the traffic levels.  Is that good enough?  By switch port so you can narrow down the device.
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by:Senior IT System Engineer
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Hi All,

This is the problem that occuring intermittently. I've got some Marketing Contractor who uses the Guest Wifi internet which I suspect is downloading and uploading too much of a data.

Netflow has been enabled on the 4x Cisco switch Catalyst 3850 (Core switch at the data center and the HQ office) and then the log is captured in the monitoring server, parsed by PRTG.

But I find it is quite hard to understand the top IP talker with PRTG.

Is there any better alternative that does not cost additional software license to buy perhaps ?
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by:Craig Beck
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AVC, like I said. It's built-in to the WLC.
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by:Senior IT System Engineer
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Craig,

Doyou mean enabling the Cisco Application Visibility and Control (AVC) feature on all the Cisco WLAN ?
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by:Fred Marshall
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Well, PRTG, if set up to show the traffic on each switch port- which is common- will show the traffic on each port.  But if it's in WiFi then that's not as likely.
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by:Senior IT System Engineer
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Fred Marshall,

yeah that's the thing, the Wifi AP is of course conencted to one of the HQ-Core Switch but the problem is which IP address consuming is another problem to resolve.
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by:Craig Beck
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Sure do.  Its function is to give you Application Visibility and Control, and can show you who does what.  It also gives you the ability to restrict certain applications if you want to, and prioritise others.
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by:Senior IT System Engineer
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OK, upon investigating on the site and looking at the detail of the AP, it is using Cisco Virtual WLC and 9x Cisco Aironet AIR-AP1262N-N-K9 Access Points.

Does it have Cisco Application Visibility and Control (AVC) feature ?
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by:Senior IT System Engineer
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I can see there is something mentioned as AVC

AVC profile
Should I enable it as above ?

and then after I enablethe check box above, I can see some result in the below:
AVC Stats
is that correct ?
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