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Hi, I have cable/router at home and then about 7 computers (wired & Wireless) .. also a PS3 and smart TV. I want to track the usage of each of these units in terms of download and unload. Basically, sometimes, when looking at my daily usage from my provider, I see huge traffic and I want to know which computer/unit/IP is doing this. If I install WireShark on my computer which is wired to the cable/router.. will I able do that? If so, any directions to easily do this.


asked 24 Jan '12, 17:09

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No, it probably won't, because the devices wired to it will send their network packets directly to the internet service provider - without routing them to your computer first. That means that you will not see their communication, unless you find a way to tell the router to let you "listen in" on what the others do. That kind of feature is called a SPAN or monitor session, which needs to be configured first. Some routers can also write packet dumps locally that you can download afterwards. You should try to find out what kind of diagnostic options your router offers.

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answered 24 Jan '12, 23:39

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ok .. thanks for the reply

(25 Jan '12, 13:44) MeMe
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