Which home PC is using the most bandwidth?

October 1, 2011 at 16:22:11
Specs: Windows Vista, n/a

Hi, I've been having really slow Internet lately. I can't seem to figure out which computer is slowing down my home network. Now I googled what others have said on how to find which PC is using all my bandwidth. I'm a computer tech. All these posts about using netmon or some software on a PC won't work in my situation. I am using a Linksys router, which I know my 4 ports on the router are switched, which means that whatever is using the bandwidth is only hitting the port the PC is on and the Internet port. It won't be hitting the port of the PC that I'm running the software on (unless I just happen to install the software on the PC that is the problem).

I work at a school that I'm constantly trying to hunt down students hogging bandwidth. The school is broke and can't afford any bandwidth shaping kind of equipment, so when a student hogs all the bandwidth, I login to the firewall and check the usage over a 5 minute period and it tells me which IP address is using the most bandwidth. I then hunt down that IP address.

I don't have anything like that on my network. So, if anyone has any other ideas on how to do this? Maybe install a PC inbetween my router and my modem that has two nics and pass all the traffic through it? That sounds like too much of a pain. Does anyone know of a cheap cable router that has the feature built in?


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#1
October 2, 2011 at 00:38:55

Hi
Install Netlimiter 2 ( Free version ) from link mentioned on all the PC's

http://www.netlimiter.com/download.php

Its simple and will give you report of which pc/app/site has been consuming the bandwidth.

Vishal
http://www.floppytousb.net


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#2
October 2, 2011 at 00:44:35

Sorry , just went thru complete post . I think netlimiter tracks all the traffic from your pc ( on which it is installed ) going to the gatewayt ip ( mentioned in network settings of your pc ) in serach for an ip /url whcih is not in the same local subnet.

Try it out on one pc. I am 99% sure that it will report.

Vishal
http://www.floppytousb.net


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