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How do you monitor bandwidth 8 years 6 months ago #26147

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So my job is becoming more and more about controlling and monitoring bandwidth, and I don't seem to have the tools to do it.

Checking the speed of our internet connection is pretty easy... Lots and lots of sites for that. BUT.

How dose everyone monitor/check bandwidth internally? I'm just using FTP, but there has to be a better way. Possible something with a user friendly output I can show to department heads who don't know beans about networking...???

Thanks for any help.
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Re: How do you monitor bandwidth 8 years 6 months ago #26149

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I use Cacti since it has pretty graphs. It comes in Unix and windows flavors.

http://www.cacti.net/
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Re: How do you monitor bandwidth 8 years 6 months ago #26151

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I would use some type of SNMP/NetFlow software. There are plenty free Linux-based solutions or something commercial like What's Up Gold.

Nagios and Zenoss are linux based monitoring tools.
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Re: How do you monitor bandwidth 8 years 6 months ago #26156

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I recently tried "PRTG Traffic Grapher":

www.paessler.com/prtg/

There is a freeware edition. Looks rich.
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Re: How do you monitor bandwidth 8 years 6 months ago #26158

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Some good stuff for monitoring. But I need a solution that will push data also. I have to do a good deal of my work in the off hours when there is almost no "native" data traveling on the networks.

www.dslreports.com/speedtest

pushes data and shows me how fast its going. What I really need is something like that but for different points in my networks, and customer networks.
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Re: How do you monitor bandwidth 8 years 6 months ago #26162

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So you want something that will actually transfer data from one computer to another?

Look into traffic generators...

What exactly are you trying to do? You want to schedule a time in which data is sent over the line and the speed is recorded?
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