network traffic

Lenovo / A57
January 8, 2009 at 17:14:36
Specs: Windows XP pro, 2G
Hi

Looking for some free software to run on my PC to check traffic on our internal network, we have broadband but it's very slow when I tested the download speed but very fast if I plug a computer directly into the router, so need to check what programs and what machine is downloading what and how much bandwidth they are using. I had some packet analyser program but not sure how to use it or read the info when I capture data on the network.
My firewall also shows bandwidth by ip and port but need more specific to what each machine is doing.

Any ideas?



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#1
January 9, 2009 at 07:10:20
http://cacti.net/

This is a powerful network monitoring tool. I have used it in the past. If you want to monitor each machine... you will have to setup SMNP on each machine, with this tool. It also comes in a VMware version.


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#2
January 9, 2009 at 10:34:15
"I had some packet analyser program but not sure how to use it or read the info"

Another packet analyser isn't going to help in this regard.

"when I tested the download speed but very fast if I plug a computer directly into the router"

You don't have a bandwidth/download problem. You have a wireless issue. You would have a bandwidth problem if it continued to be slow with the direct connect.

Now if this isn't a home but business setup this can be a different story.


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#3
January 10, 2009 at 09:18:10
it's a business setup with lots of terminals, what do you suggest?

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