how to monitor router activity

Posted: 02-24-2008, 07:37 PM
We are using Netgear Router in most offices in Northern California offices.

Most are Net gear router modele MR814 & WGR614, 4 wired ports and 1 wireless
port; and WG311 wireless adapters.

Is there anyway to monitor the router activity? Anyway to see which port
(wired and wireless) is active and network traffic. Also, want to make sure
nobody outside our approved users is using the wireless ports?

We know about the router log in the router set up page (from all ports, all
mixed), showing what URL is contacted and time stamped.

Thank you.

how to monitor router activity


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Kerry Brown
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Re: how to monitor router activity
Posted: 02-24-2008, 09:36 PM
"Adams H" <no.spam@no.spam.com> wrote in message
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> We are using Netgear Router in most offices in Northern California
> offices.
>
> Most are Net gear router modele MR814 & WGR614, 4 wired ports and 1
> wireless port; and WG311 wireless adapters.
>
> Is there anyway to monitor the router activity? Anyway to see which port
> (wired and wireless) is active and network traffic. Also, want to make
> sure nobody outside our approved users is using the wireless ports?
>
> We know about the router log in the router set up page (from all ports,
> all mixed), showing what URL is contacted and time stamped.
>
> Thank you.
>

You could try Wallwatcher

http://sonic.net/wallwatcher/

I don't see your routers on the supported list but if the will write an
external log they will probably work.

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Barb Bowman
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Re: how to monitor router activity
Posted: 02-24-2008, 10:04 PM
These Netgear routers are usually used in residential (as opposed to
business) environments. Don't know how much logging is available
other than what you state below.

However, with respect to the wireless, you ARE using WPA2 or at
least WPA, aren't you? That would limit usage to those to whom you
have given the passphrase.



On Sun, 24 Feb 2008 11:37:38 -0800, "Adams H" <no.spam@no.spam.com>
wrote:
>We are using Netgear Router in most offices in Northern California offices.
>
>Most are Net gear router modele MR814 & WGR614, 4 wired ports and 1 wireless
>port; and WG311 wireless adapters.
>
>Is there anyway to monitor the router activity? Anyway to see which port
>(wired and wireless) is active and network traffic. Also, want to make sure
>nobody outside our approved users is using the wireless ports?
>
>We know about the router log in the router set up page (from all ports, all
>mixed), showing what URL is contacted and time stamped.
>
>Thank you.
--

Barb Bowman
MS-MVP
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/e...ts/bowman.mspx
http://blogs.digitalmediaphile.com/barb/
Adams H
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Re: how to monitor router activity
Posted: 02-24-2008, 11:10 PM
"Barb Bowman" <barb@nospam.com> wrote in message
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> These Netgear routers are usually used in residential (as opposed to
> business) environments. Don't know how much logging is available
> other than what you state below.
>
> However, with respect to the wireless, you ARE using WPA2 or at
> least WPA, aren't you? That would limit usage to those to whom you
> have given the passphrase.
>
>
We used different WPA and WPA2, set up depending on each department manager
or department tech.

Jack \(MVP-Networking\).
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Re: how to monitor router activity
Posted: 02-24-2008, 11:15 PM
Hi
Entry level Router do not maintain logs rich enough to do what you would
like to do.
Wireless (especially business) must be encrypted, and as posted above No one
would log unless you give them the Key.
However if people "share" the key with others it Not secure either.
The usual way businesses control the Wireless is either by using Wireless
Hardware that has much more elaborate log on controls. Or if you already
have a server in your office you can add to it RADIUS Server (Windows 2003
IAS) and it would provide the control needed.


"Adams H" <no.spam@no.spam.com> wrote in message
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> We are using Netgear Router in most offices in Northern California
> offices.
>
> Most are Net gear router modele MR814 & WGR614, 4 wired ports and 1
> wireless port; and WG311 wireless adapters.
>
> Is there anyway to monitor the router activity? Anyway to see which port
> (wired and wireless) is active and network traffic. Also, want to make
> sure nobody outside our approved users is using the wireless ports?
>
> We know about the router log in the router set up page (from all ports,
> all mixed), showing what URL is contacted and time stamped.
>
> Thank you.
>
Adams H
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Re: how to monitor router activity
Posted: 02-24-2008, 11:16 PM
"Kerry Brown" <kerry@kdbNOSPAMsys-tems.c*a*m> wrote in message
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> "Adams H" <no.spam@no.spam.com> wrote in message
>
> You could try Wallwatcher
>
> http://sonic.net/wallwatcher/
>
> I don't see your routers on the supported list but if the will write an
> external log they will probably work.
>
> --
> Kerry Brown
> Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
> http://www.vistahelp.ca/phpBB2/
>
>
Thanks Kerry. Found WallWatcher, in their hardware list, it does not include
the entire Netgear MR series of popular routers.

Jack \(MVP-Networking\).
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Re: how to monitor router activity
Posted: 02-24-2008, 11:24 PM
Hi
For business purposes you can not mange securely Wireless with Entry Level
Wireless Hardware.
To employ the control that you want you either need Wireless hardware that
is specifically designed for Controlling/Monitoring the log ons.
Or if you have a real server installed, you can add to it RADUIS Server
(Windows 2003 IAS).
http://www.wi-fiplanet.com/tutorials...le.php/3287481
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en
Jack (MVP-Networking).


"Adams H" <no.spam@no.spam.com> wrote in message
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> "Barb Bowman" <barb@nospam.com> wrote in message
> news:i9q3s3l9shot67facj9ve38fllq9bpbna0@4ax.com...
>> These Netgear routers are usually used in residential (as opposed to
>> business) environments. Don't know how much logging is available
>> other than what you state below.
>>
>> However, with respect to the wireless, you ARE using WPA2 or at
>> least WPA, aren't you? That would limit usage to those to whom you
>> have given the passphrase.
>>
>>
> We used different WPA and WPA2, set up depending on each department
> manager or department tech.
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Re: how to monitor router activity
Posted: 02-25-2008, 10:27 AM
that should provide sufficient encryption. but in a business
environment, most people use a Radius server (people might share the
passphrase with who knows whom).



On Sun, 24 Feb 2008 15:10:40 -0800, "Adams H" <no.spam@no.spam.com>
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>We used different WPA and WPA2, set up depending on each department manager
>or department tech.
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Re: how to monitor router activity
Posted: 02-25-2008, 01:16 PM
I downloaded Wallwatcher last night but can't get it to install, it just
keeps telling me a .dll file is missing (can't remember which one, off hand)
It does actually cover the netgear router I am using.

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"Kerry Brown" <kerry@kdbNOSPAMsys-tems.c*a*m> wrote in message
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> "Adams H" <no.spam@no.spam.com> wrote in message
> news:ud455yxdIHA.4396@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
>> We are using Netgear Router in most offices in Northern California
>> offices.
>>
>> Most are Net gear router modele MR814 & WGR614, 4 wired ports and 1
>> wireless port; and WG311 wireless adapters.
>>
>> Is there anyway to monitor the router activity? Anyway to see which port
>> (wired and wireless) is active and network traffic. Also, want to make
>> sure nobody outside our approved users is using the wireless ports?
>>
>> We know about the router log in the router set up page (from all ports,
>> all mixed), showing what URL is contacted and time stamped.
>>
>> Thank you.
>>
>
>
> You could try Wallwatcher
>
> http://sonic.net/wallwatcher/
>
> I don't see your routers on the supported list but if the will write an
> external log they will probably work.
>
> --
> Kerry Brown
> Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
> http://www.vistahelp.ca/phpBB2/
>
>
>
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Re: how to monitor router activity
Posted: 02-25-2008, 02:42 PM
"John Barnett MVP" <freelance@invalid.invalid> wrote in message
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>I downloaded Wallwatcher last night but can't get it to install, it just
>keeps telling me a .dll file is missing (can't remember which one, off
>hand) It does actually cover the netgear router I am using.
>

You need to download the library as well. It's right under the download link
on the main page. If you are installing it in Vista there is also a section
in the FAQ that may be appropriate.

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http://www.vistahelp.ca/phpBB2/



 
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