Possible Networking Bottleneck

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Oct 30th, 2007
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We very intermittently see where devices on the network seem to be starved for network bandwidth. We're looking for a fairly inexpensive piece of equipment that we can attach to the switch at several retail locations that will capture a couple hours worth of IP packets for troubleshooting. Any suggestions other than a sniffer (the one we have doesn't keep enough history based on the IP traffic volume) - Thanks

Correct Answer by Collin Clark about 9 years 8 months ago

Yes it will. The cool thing about them too is you could leave it in place and throttle the application down to use, lets say 25% of the bandwidth, and that's all they get. I think they are pricey, but you might be able to work with a vendor/reseller and they can do a network assesment for you (that way you don't have to buy the box).


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Collin Clark Tue, 10/30/2007 - 09:03
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Not sure on the price, but a packeteer (www.packeteer.com) would you show you. You would not see the actual packets, but I assume you're looking for top talkers, top protocols, etc. Depending on your equipment, you could use Netflow too.


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dpatss111 Tue, 10/30/2007 - 09:08
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Thank you for the reply. I am not a networking specialist (more specialized in software development) but would a packeteer give me enough information to determine which device/application is flooding the network - if that is actually our problem? Thanks again!

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Collin Clark Tue, 10/30/2007 - 09:14
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Yes it will. The cool thing about them too is you could leave it in place and throttle the application down to use, lets say 25% of the bandwidth, and that's all they get. I think they are pricey, but you might be able to work with a vendor/reseller and they can do a network assesment for you (that way you don't have to buy the box).


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