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Is it possible to monitor traffic for unmanaged switch

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March 17, 2010 8:19:22 AM

Hello,
we have a 24 port unmanaged switch connected to a modem with 2 mbps speed leased line,24 users are connected to that switch, is it possible to monitor the port like who is using more bandwidth?

March 17, 2010 8:46:24 AM

not possible ,, that's why it is named as "unmanaged switch"check with your isp for availability with monitoring is possible or not.,or install proxy
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March 18, 2010 4:18:05 AM

It's absolutely possible but you'll need a tap to grab the traffic as it leaves and some sort of monitoring software / IDS to monitor and log what's going on unless you're just really bored and feel like going through a million packets with wireshark. Other options would be to upgrade to a decent firewall with this type of stuff builtin. Either way the switch isn't as important as your firewall / gateway / router....
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March 18, 2010 5:19:20 AM

The only way of doing that is to place a server or computer between the router and the switch. On that machine, install a packet sniffer. That way, any traffic going to and from the switch can be captured.

Keep in mind that there will be alot of data to go through.
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March 18, 2010 5:21:07 AM

Correct, but to capture that traffic without causing interuption / another hop you'll need a tap....
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