Good program for monitoring home network bandwidth of 4 computers using XP, help

Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by rive22, Jul 17, 2005.

  1. rive22

    rive22 [H]ardness Supreme

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    I was wondering if somebody could refer me to some good programs that let me monitor the incoming and outgoing bandwidth of 4 computers on my home network. We have a D-link router and all machines using windows xp. I want to be able to see which computers are using what ammount of downstream from our cable modem. I've google searched so many programs but there are so many, i can't seem to find one that does just that. monitoring is mainly what im looking for, hey if the same software can control it as well, that's fine too. if not, no prob. please help. thanks :)
     
  2. rive22

    rive22 [H]ardness Supreme

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    note. looking for real time downstream monitor, preferably in kilobytes per second. dont care about total weekly, montly, etc.
     
  3. Bean Dip

    Bean Dip Limp Gawd

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    I use Cacti at home and at work. It runs on Linux/BSD or Windows.

    Edit - I just read your second post. Although I haven't used it in several years I think that NetStat Live will do what you want but you would have to use it on each PC.

    I don't think a DLink router will give you real-time stats.
     
  4. rive22

    rive22 [H]ardness Supreme

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    thanks man. ok i've decided i need something that controls the bandwidth too, and i need it to monitor and control all 4 pc's from one computer. all suggestions welcome please. ty
     
  5. jpmkm

    jpmkm That Ain't Mayo On My Lip...

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    How could you possibly monitor and control bandwidth for all the computers from a single computer unless all the other computers ran through that one computer? :confused: That just doesn't make any sense. All the computers are hooked up to a single switch, so there is nothing there that one computer could do to limit or monitor the bandwidth of any other computer. In order to do what you want to do you will need to have your bandwidth monitoring/controlling device between the cable modem and your computers, not off to the side somewhere. Unfortunately that little dlink you have most likely doesn't provide any bandwidth monitoring/controlling functionality, so you are probably looking at either getting a more advanced router or setting up your own.
     
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    mogman42 Gawd

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    Da Fan Man [H]ard|Gawd

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    Yes setting up a Linux based firewall / router is going to be your best / cheapest way to go. The ones mentioned above should all do what you are requesting. I used Smoothwall and Clark Connect ( http://www.clarkconnect.org/ ) a while back and liked them both, theirs some others out there too if you do some searching.

    -Matt :cool:
     
  8. deadm3at

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    the linux firewall idea sound much better, so im just adding a few more options to the fire here

    to limit bandwidth on a client:
    http://www.netlimiter.com/

    to monitor bandwidth on a client:
    http://www.dumeter.com/

    both of those are managed from the client, i dont think this is what youre looking for but cool tools nonetheless.