PRTG Network Monitor is a Windows-based software that makes it easy to monitor network bandwidth usage.

Network administrators will have access to real time data as well as long-term usage trends for all network devices.

PRTG's free bandwidth meter is its most commonly used feature, but this powerful free network monitoring software also monitors many other aspects of your network including memory and resource consumption.

Four Methods to Check Bandwidth Usage

Depending on your infrastructure you can choose between four different network monitoring methods supported by our bandwidth check software:

  • SNMP: Simple Network Management Protocol is used to check bandwidth usage of routers and switches port-by-port as well as device readings like memory, CPU load etc.
  • LAN Packet Sniffing: The Packet Sniffer inspects all network data packets passing the system's network card and is able to classify network traffic by IP address, protocol and other parameters.
  • WLAN Packet Sniffing: PRTG is able to inspect all network data packets travelling in your WLAN network in order to classify network traffic by IP address, protocol and other parameters.
  • Netflow: The Netflow protocol is supported by most Cisco routers and is the most powerful method available to check bandwidth usage and classify network traffic.

Advantages of Bandwidth Monitoring Using PRTG

The collected data will give you precise load information for all network applications and servers, which will allow you to avoid troublesome bandwidth and server performance bottlenecks. This valuable bandwidth check software will also become a cost-saving device as it will allow you to make more educated bandwidth and hardware purchasing decisions, buying only what you need based on actual network load data.

PRTG LAN Network Monitor is available in two editions. For basic, free bandwidth check functionality, the Freeware Edition may be downloaded and used for personal and commercial use completely free of charge. For more advanced bandwidth monitoring needs, licenses for the Commercial Editions start at $440/€330.

You can also perform a bandwidth check with the free and fully functional 30-day Trial license. Read more about our network monitor.

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