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How to monitor network bandwidth usage

Can someone tell me what to use to monitor network bandwidth for my company?

Does Cisco make a program or GUI that allows me to monitor?

THank you!

  • LAN Switching and Routing
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Re: How to monitor network bandwidth usage

Hello Dustin,

a very good free tool is MRTG

http://oss.oetiker.ch/mrtg/

We use it and allow to produce nice graphs published as web pages.

It is widely used and it has 10 years of history.

Hope to help

Giuseppe

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Re: How to monitor network bandwidth usage

thank you. this looks a little difficult to install. is it?

New Member

Re: How to monitor network bandwidth usage

no, its not. you can install it on unix and windows boxes as well. it all depends on you.

another tool is 'rrdtool' which is also being developed by the person who developed mrtg. a front-end of this one is 'cacti'.

thanks !

New Member

Re: How to monitor network bandwidth usage

Is MRTG a licensed software.

Re: How to monitor network bandwidth usage

Hi,

Its free as long as you do not break the licencing rules.

Here is the link to explain you further and to download/install software.

http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html

Hope this helps.....

Shaheen

New Member

Re: How to monitor network bandwidth usage

Could you also please tell the difference between PRTG and MRTG.

Re: How to monitor network bandwidth usage

Hi,

Google friend took me to this link which explain the difference between both. In some cases PRTG commercial licence is required.

http://www.paessler.com/blog/2006/09/25/prtg-traffic-grapher/comparing-prtg-traffic-grapher-with-mrtg/

Hope this helps....

Shaheen

New Member

Re: How to monitor network bandwidth usage

just make sure you use snmp v2 and higher as v1 cannot increment gigabit rates and will give you false data. It will work with FA but not Gig.

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