Bandwidth Usage Monitoring
Monitor Bandwidth Usage And Experience Bandwidth Monitoring Made Easy
Paessler's PRTG is a straightforward, easy-to-use tool for monitoring bandwidth usage on networks. This bandwidth usage monitor lets you log the amount of data flowing through routers, monitor CPU utilization, check disk space usage and much, much more - and it only takes minutes to setup! The most common use of our bandwidth monitor is for checking leased lines, routers and firewalls, but there are many other possibilities. For example, you might want to use PRTG to monitor managed switches, printers, or any other SNMP enabled network components.
How Does PRTG Monitor Bandwidth Usage?
If you check bandwidth usage with SNMP, you can find out the total bandwidth used as well as used bandwidth for outgoing and incoming traffic.
Packet sniffing sensors generally use the host machine's network card but can be configured to use monitoring ports found on some networking devices using port mirroring / forwarding in order to monitor the overall network bandwidth utilization.
Our network traffic monitor reads the traffic data from your router and displays the results in three graphs. This way, you will quickly and easily be able to see how much bandwidth has been used over the last 8-96 hours (kbit/sec), and transferred data counts for the last 14 days or for the last 12 months. Naturally, the bandwidth usage monitor needs to be left running all the time if you want to get the correct results. To see all the features of our bandwidth monitor, please click here.
All you need to do now is decide which version of our bandwidth monitor suits you best! The Free Edition is available for commercial and personal use and doesn't cost anything at all, whereas one of the commercial editions of our bandwidth usage monitor is necessary if you want to monitor more devices/ports, or if you want to monitor bandwidth usage using Cisco's NetFlow protocol. Need more sensors to monitor a larger IT infrastructure? See our commercial licenses here.
One of the satisfied users of our bandwidth usage monitor said:
"We want to congratulate your company on creating a fantastic and affordable product. We used to use another but more expensive product but yours is the most 'bang' for the dollar. Keep up the great work!", Christopher Oak, www.everplanet.com
Advantages of Monitoring Used Bandwidth
Many internet service providers charge you according to the amount of used bandwidth. If you know what your actual load is, you can save money buying bandwidth and hardware according to actual load.
On the other hand, if you find bandwidth-based bottlenecks in your network, you can improve user experience by proactively reducing them.
By monitoring your used bandwidth, you can also find out what applications, computers or servers use up your bandwidth.