Monitor Bandwidth Usage On Network By IP Address
Every organization with limited network bandwidth is forced to juggle competing priorities: the need for faster network speed to accelerate business operations and the requirement to limit business expenses whenever possible. Allocating additional bandwidth can be pricey and not always an option for many businesses.
MSPs and IT professionals can help support these organizations by offering software tools to monitor bandwidth usage on networks by IP address, device and other identifying characteristics. This allows organizations to better control their network traffic, Internet usage and network bandwidth efficiency.
Internet Traffic and Bandwidth Monitoring
One great way to assess a network's bandwidth usage is to run a network Internet speed test. This allows you to view your network download and upload speeds in real time. Running a test like this during several different points in the day can give a general idea of overall usage and network bandwidth. However, a consistent network bandwidth monitoring tool is more efficient and comprehensive.
Employees who use the company bandwidth for recreational purposes — such as visiting YouTube and social media sites — add to the over-utilization of bandwidth that can further clog network resources. Social use needs to be identified and curtailed to reserve capacity for business use. MSPs that have the right tools to identify the applications and users responsible for causing the congestion can aid their clients in discouraging employee abuse of bandwidth resources.
The popularity of bring your own device (BYOD) policies also saturates business network bandwidth by introducing devices into the workplace that may be beyond the control of IT teams. These devices also use network capacity for applications and activities not related to the business.
Monitor Bandwidth by IP Address
By utilizing network bandwidth usage monitoring tools, companies and MSPs can recognize areas where capacity can be reduced, enabling organizations to optimize their network resources, boost performance and improve employee productivity by using existing bandwidth more efficiently.
Trying to detect over-utilization of bandwidth can be difficult when the tools you use are ill-suited to the job. For example, some tools make it difficult — if not impossible — to ascertain network congestion properly over long time periods. Some of these tools tend to flatten periods of high utilization over extended intervals, presenting an inaccurate depiction of real bandwidth usage and concealing the real problems.
Moreover, tools that show only peak bandwidth utilization views indicate which IP addresses are busiest, but may not indicate for how long. In addition, some solutions may show general growth in use but will ignore the differences between different times of day. The ideal solution will show whether a link has been over-utilized, for how long, by what application, and by which user and device.
MSP RMM from SolarWinds MSP (formerly LOGICnow)
Regardless of whether network congestion stems from legitimate business applications or social use, companies need a detailed view of how bandwidth is being consumed, when it’s being consumed and by what users and devices. And if the bandwidth is being used by unauthorized or recreational applications, steps must be taken to remove those apps from the corporate network. Truly understanding bandwidth utilization requires a high degree of granularity.
MSP RMM from SolarWinds MSP gives MSPs the tools to monitor bandwidth over all networks at a client site, including network connections, network devices (such as routers, switches and hubs) and software applications. This unprecedented view deep into client networks provides MSPs with unique insight into network bandwidth utilization and traffic analysis.
With this information, MSPs can:
- Accurately measure bandwidth consumption
- Find interfaces, connections, devices, software applications, users and protocols that consume the most bandwidth
- Identify bottlenecks and connectivity errors
- Review traffic patterns over time to forecast usage trends and potential bottlenecks
- Discover whether bandwidth consumption is due to appropriate or unauthorized use
- Expose suspicious bandwidth usage that might lead to security issues such as DDoS attacks, unauthorized downloading and other potentially malicious network behavior
- Discover high-traffic flows to unmonitored ports
- Reveal unauthorized applications such as file sharing and video streaming
Traffic Monitoring Can Increase Network Security
With MSP RMM, MSPs also have the advantage of supporting their clients remotely with state-of-the-art security functionality, including features such as:
- Internet access controls
Network bandwidth and data assets can be protected by limiting the sites and downloads users are able to access while connected to the business network. Clients can also hand-select sites to blacklist in order to automatically enforce their company Internet browsing policies. These blacklist policies can be engineered to operate during specific hours, and inappropriate browsing can be detected and reported to enforce these policies.
- Managed antivirus
MSP RMM allows MSPs to protect their clients from all known malware threats as well as emerging viruses that have not yet been widely acknowledged. This continuous real-time monitoring is also completed in an efficient way that eliminates any negative impact on network bandwidth and allows for continued business productivity.
- Mobile device management
The remote device management capabilities MSPs can utilize with this software platform allow managers to lock user phones, set passwords or wipe devices — all remotely and without any negative affect on network bandwidth.
Network Monitoring and Security You Can Trust
Bandwidth management may not be new, but it remains a critical business element as companies increasingly depend on their networks for handling critical business operations. By monitoring bandwidth usage, reviewing the results and implementing appropriate Internet usage policies, MSPs and their clients can quickly get to the core of a problem and ensure that network capacity is allocated in the right places.
To help MSPs streamline bandwidth monitoring and obtain complete visibility into their client's resources utilization, SolarWinds MSP has developed a platform of industry-leading products. Using our solution, MSPs can baseline, monitor, track and trend bandwidth resources to optimize their clients’ bandwidth utilization.
Find out how MSP RMM can help you and your clients monitor bandwidth usage on networks by IP address, time of day and any other reporting factor they need to explore. Start your free trial today and be up and running in as little as ten minutes. No credit card details are required, and our technical support experts are available to help you get started.