Saturday, September 12, 2015

How to check Wifi Usage - if anyone is using it?

This post shows a collection of free software that allows one to check network traffic, from the point of view of monitoring data usage. In particular a home situation may be subscribed to ADSL, and there is a need to check that no external users are stealing the broadband.

Quite a few software mentioned in this site, about monitoring network traffic.

This is also a FIREWALL. There is a free and paid version.
"GlassWire's firewall software reveals threats your antivirus missed"

BitMeter OS
"BitMeter OS is a free, open-source, bandwidth monitor that works on Windows, Linux and Mac OSX. BitMeter OS keeps track of how much you use your internet/network connection, and allows you to view this information either via a web browser, or by using the command line tools. "

“PRTG: Finally There Is a Network Monitoring Software That Is Powerful And Easy To Use!”
"PRTG Network Monitor runs on a Windows machine within your network, collecting various statistics from the machines, software, and devices which you designate. (It can also autodiscover them, helping you map out your network.) It also retains the data so you can see historical performance, helping you react to changes."

RSA Netwitness Investigator
"In many cases using Wireshark to do a network forensics is a very difficult task especially if you need to extract files from a pcap file.
Using tools such as RSA Netwitness Investigator can make network forensics much easier. RSA Netwitness Investigator is available as freeware."

ntopng - High-Speed Web-based Traffic Analysis and Flow Collection.
ntopng is the next generation version of the original ntop, a network traffic probe that shows the network usage, similar to what the popular top Unix command does. ntopng is based on libpcap and it has been written in a portable way in order to virtually run on every Unix platform, MacOSX and on Windows as well.

"tbbMeter is a bandwidth meter we have developed to help you monitor your Internet usage. It allows you to see how much your computer is sending to and receiving from the Internet in real time."

This seems to monitor traffic on the computer on which it is installed only.

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