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    Network Monitoring Software for FREE

    Hi all,

    A user or two in my company is downloading something and is killing the internet connection throughout the whole day, after 5pm you see the difference and the change of download speed. Is there a way to find out which user/PC is using the most bandwidth /internet connection? Does anyone know any free software which is easy to understand etc.

    Many thanks,

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    skender,

    Hello.... I use a "Free" program called "NetWorx" http://www.softperfect.com/ and you may be able to configure it to your needs ( has many options) Regards Fred
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    If your staff are accessing the internet through a proxy the proxy will tell you.
    If you are using a DSL router the router may have some information.
    If you have none of the above you could use an old computer with two network cards and load Smoothwall, zeroshell or pfsense and drop it in series with your internet connection.
    http://www.smoothwall.org/
    http://pfsense.org/
    http://www.zeroshell.net/eng/

    cheers, Paul

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    Perhaps sending out a broadcast email (from the appropriate authority in IT, of course) to all informing them network monitoring is going to be in place soon may stop the mass downloads even before you put any monitoring in place.

    Just saying...
    PJ in FL

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    Where I used to work we found that live feeds was doing more bandwidth hogging than all else. These live feeds were continually streaming info to the PC and using large amounts of bandwidth. Feeds such as traffic cams, TV broadcasts, Radio broadcasts, etc use more than you would think possible. Simple starting to look around a people's PC's may solve the problem. Most of the individuals creating the problem had no idea their live feeds were the problem.
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    http://www.softperfect.com/products/networksniffer/
    this one will surely help.
    good luck!

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    Sniffing the network will not tell you what is using the data because network switches do not send all data to all ports - unless you bought a high end unit and know how to program individual ports.

    If you want to sniff the network, use Wireshark. Comprehensive, professional quality, free.

    cheers, Paul

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