Recomend some networking monitoring software

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  1. mixsetup

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    Hi there looked on the net and tried a few demo's but still looking.

    What I would like if there is such a thing or if I need to install more than one software package is
    for it to be able to do the following

    1 for it to test the speed of the network
    2 List all networked devices and maybe map them
    3 If it can show the bandwidth each device is sucking
    4 diagnose the network problems
    5 Suggest/recomend ways to fix the problems

    Thanks
     
  2. samus

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    This is a really complicated question. Do you have the ability for the switch/router/device to report stats?

    No monitoring system in the traditional sense will suggest fixes or do in depth diags, you could try spiceworks, I don't like it cause it's all cloud based.

    Consider the gold standard of Nagios, or I'm using LibreNMS right now.
     
  3. s4mmy

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    I hate this statement, what exactly are you trying to measure? Speed of your Internet\WAN link? From one client to an application server?
    'The "network" is slow' was always one of my most hated reported 'issues'.

    How many "devices" (switches\routers\AP) are you trying to monitor?
    How many clients are you trying to monitor?
    To what level of detail do you want to know whats sucking bandwidth?
     
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    1 Telstra modem/router at the moment as this is my sisters which I intend on buying some new and better hardware for her and her family.

    There is at any time connected all at once

    Telstra tv thing which is only wireless
    3 or 4 laptops wireless

    1 Playstation 4
    rarely a desktop

    Would like to monitor the Telstra T.V thing and the wireless laptops mainly to see if the Telstra T.V is sucking most of the bandwidth.

    A lot of the time all of them crawl incredibly slow except the Telstra T.V streams fine.

    The details I would like is if I can get the download/upload speeds of each of them and wireless connection strength.
     
  5. samus

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    You are going to need some hardware with the ability to netstat or similar, or even SNMP for average usage.

    Consider some of the Unifi/Ubiquity stuff, their interface is excellent.

    It seems to me you are either saturating the wifi link, or the other devices are out of range. you may want to consider either running a bit of cable to another wifi access point, or some of those new-fanged mesh things.
     
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    I was looking at the unifi yesterday actually.
    I forgot there is a iPad mini connected also.
    It is mainly in the late afternoon they are all connected during the day most of them go to school and work.
     
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    Mate, you may want to look at some cabling around the house, or getting some cable run, for the PS4/and PC at least, then a few more access points to a switch. It really does sound like the single AP is saturated, especially during peak times.

    Unifi is good stuff, I use it extensively here at work.
     
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    Yeah cabled the PS 4 and desktop the rest are still wireless.
    I will setup Unifi next month as it sounds like it will help a lot.
     
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    this just got way easier, just shug and say "eh, i dunno". Trust me.

    oh unplug the Telstra box thing for a day and ask them how everything goes. Or do a device a day.
     
  10. dave_dave_dave

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    Sounds like you are after a good modem/router/switch/wap combo. Depending on the internet connection, something like an Asus DSL-AC68U.
     
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    For something that's the swiss army knife of routers, I recommend pfSense (based off BSD). It's free, and it'll run on most old boxes, or you can purchase the hardware from Netgate directly. It'll let you map and monitor to your hearts content. This is all you need: https://www.netgate.com/solutions/pfsense/sg-1100.html

    Alternatively, the Ubiquiti Edge X router is an amazing option at roughly 50% the price with more ports, but the software isn't as customisable (but will be more than sufficient for 99% of functions).

    For software, Networx by SoftPerfect does nice monitoring, sadly they moved to a paid version but their older versions are free, and they do provide a nice educational discount. The best thing about this you can use SNMP to actually monitor the router directly. They also have a network scanner for mapping stuff out.
     
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    Wouldn't dare touch the TV box thing with my nephew or niece around they would chuck a tantrum.
    Looks like I will just have to buy them some new gear.

    Thanks
     

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