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Easy way to determine Peak Wan bandwidth utilization - any router?

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Just doing a review at a site don't care so much about the type of traffic in this case, but rather what percentage of the pipe the office is using at most.  Sort of like a redline on a tach.  Any ideas what might be a relatively easy way to determine this or an avg over a period of time?

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Okay - was actually thinking solarwinds. I will have to take a look!  We were just looking for quick\easy way to accomplish this.

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the next issue you may run into is that most networking gear will give you throughput of traffic, but what do you compare it to, port speed? getting the measured bandwidth is important or you will never have accurate redlines. for example a 20mb internet connection will have a 100mb or 1g portspeed.
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Was actually interested in it for a few reasons.  1.  To make sure the CPU within the firewall can handle the traffic,  2. to make sure the provided bandwidth from the ISP is not a bottleneck. 3, Hell, if they are only using a fraction of what they are paying for and they are paying a lot they can also go to a lower plan.

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wrt. item 3: be aware you are most likely looking at 'few minute averages'  so you may not get the Actual peak usage when the sample time is shorter.

(1 minute on 100Mbps, 4 minutes on 102.5 Mbps ) is 5 minute average of 150/5...= 30Mbps. .  and you still needed 100Mbs to achieve what you got.).
The one minute transfer would have taken 5 minutes if you really had 30Mbps.