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Greetings!
A few months ago there was an intrusion in my home network and 54GB of data was uploaded from my server PC to somewhere in Lebanon, this was due to inproper security settings(my bad). Luckily at the time only basic stuff was on that server and nothing of any use to hackers(movies/programs/etc.). Security is now properly fixed.

All this being said, I require Software that will Monitor the Bandwidth Usage or 1 computer or more in a network.
There are tons of tools that do this, but I want a tool that has Historical Bandwidth Usage, this is very important. I wish to see where every bit of data goes from the PC. Id like to see the Historical Bandwidth in a graph type mode, so I can see what times data goes IN or OUT, not just "5GB downloaded today" I want it so show where and when.

The only tool I found was one called OpUtils by ManageEngine. It seems great but it costs $195 for the Standard Licence, I was wondering if there are any other types of software that could do the same that are maybe a little cheaper. I don't mind paying but this isnt for a business, it's just for personal use.

Thanks bros.
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First of all, is there a reason you need this? I am assume you are not running a file server to the world at large. So who do you expect to be downloading things from your server?

Second, many routers (especially if flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato) can monitor bandwidth usage and (I think) you can even monitor it per remote IP address or local MAC address. I know with Tomato it will show you how much data each device in the LAN transferred and will show you by average, peak and total. You can configure it to be saved so that you can go back and look at the past.

Is this anything like what you want? It's certainly better than spending $200 (lol).
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if you have a linux pc you can add that in front of your router add it as the defult gw then log all traffic, free assuming you have a spare computer laying aorund that is
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First of all, is there a reason you need this? I am assume you are not running a file server to the world at large. So who do you expect to be downloading things from your server?
Second, many routers (especially if flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato) can monitor bandwidth usage and (I think) you can even monitor it per remote IP address or local MAC address. I know with Tomato it will show you how much data each device in the LAN transferred and will show you by average, peak and total. You can configure it to be saved so that you can go back and look at the past.
Is this anything like what you want? It's certainly better than spending $200 (lol).

Well, this server was used previously as a small webserver, and will be used again for the same reason in the future, Im only conerned about the download for 1 reason, I live in canada, and the Internet Police here limit our bandwidth usage per month. So any tool that will show Historical Bandwidth Usage with Uploads will most likely show the same with Downloads aswell. Your Tomato idea is a good one, unfourtunatly I dont think my router will support it, my ISP strictly unallows customers to log into the Administrator account on thier routers. Even if i could flash it, my ISP force flashes my router whenever they want. But i'll look into your idea a little more.

It would be awesome if there was a real-time data graph that shows how much data is moving. It would be nice if it had an alarm that can email me when the Lebanese or Russians are attacking again. But hey, I can only dream of such features.
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there are windows based apps that will in real time record data, you should google it. I had one on a trial for a while but haven't ever had a reason to keep it around.
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Off the topic a bit but may I ask what security measures you didn't have applied the first time around that enabled them to gain access and what you did to fix those issues? redface.gif
    
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Off the topic a bit but may I ask what security measures you didn't have applied the first time around that enabled them to gain access and what you did to fix those issues? redface.gif

Ohh, let's see... No firewalls at all, no AV, trojans, key loggers, web entry username was admin, password was 123. Minor issues imo.

Fix: reformat, basic firewall settings, removed remote access.
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Ohh, let's see... No firewalls at all, no AV, trojans, key loggers, web entry username was admin, password was 123. Minor issues imo.

Fix: reformat, basic firewall settings, removed remote access.

Oh my. eek.gif

That would make it pretty easy. I had imagined some elaborate break in security somewhere but you basically had no security. redface.gif Thanks for sharing.

On topic too - I don't know if there is a logging capability but I was previously using this Windows 7 Network Monitor gadget that would display the in/out of my NIC with usage and some small stats. Probably not what you're looking for though. The one I used was one of the ones available on the Windows 7 Gadget Gallery or Download Gallery or whatever that MS Windows 7 gallery thing is. tongue.gif
    
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Ohh, let's see... No firewalls at all, no AV, trojans, key loggers, web entry username was admin, password was 123. Minor issues imo.
Fix: reformat, basic firewall settings, removed remote access.

Ya, people have setups that automatically scan IP's trying to get into networks with basic admin names and passwords. A guy I know said he had a couple random intrusions that tried to get in with common passwords.
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Ohh, let's see... No firewalls at all, no AV, trojans, key loggers, web entry username was admin, password was 123. Minor issues imo.

Fix: reformat, basic firewall settings, removed remote access.

Oh my. eek.gif

That would make it pretty easy. I had imagined some elaborate break in security somewhere but you basically had no security. redface.gif Thanks for sharing.

On topic too - I don't know if there is a logging capability but I was previously using this Windows 7 Network Monitor gadget that would display the in/out of my NIC with usage and some small stats. Probably not what you're looking for though. The one I used was one of the ones available on the Windows 7 Gadget Gallery or Download Gallery or whatever that MS Windows 7 gallery thing is. tongue.gif

That's exactly what I'm looking for! Except with a little more logging features. That gadget is the same one that showed me I uploaded 54gb overnight. Even now with basic security, I would like to have that extra logging because important stuff will be on there soon.

I tried googling, but the same types of software come up for networking gurus that watch over enterprise servers. That's fine for me, however I don't feel like spending $3500 for a standard licence.
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