How can I monitor the traffic on my network

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by kezug, Mar 4, 2006.

  1. kezug

    kezug Network Guru Member

    I am sure monitoring network traffic can be done, but not sure if it can be done with my setup.

    I have a linksys cable modem connected to my WRT54GS.
    My Desktop is wired to WRT54GS via ethernet cable.
    I also connect to my WRT54GS via WMP54G and WPC54GS wireless devices.

    Is there a way that I can monitor the traffic of this "network"? especially the wireless access.

    If so, do I have to do this from the Desktop that is wired to my WRT54GS?

    Anyone have any ideas on this or software that I need to download?

    I am just looking for some simple stuff here...such as a history of URLs being accessed, etc...
  2. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    how do you want to monitor it? The websites people are going to or chat programs? you could try packet sniffers
  3. kezug

    kezug Network Guru Member

    I am looking for a simple monitor that basically acts as a history of URLs that have been visited from each of the computers connecting to my WRT54GS wireless/router.
  4. rogun64

    rogun64 Network Guru Member

    I'm looking for the same information myself and here's what I know so far. According to (the maker of the link logger app) the WRT54GS model doesn't include a logging facility (why?) and the only way to set one up is to use a third-party firmware. They mention the different third-party firmwares that work with Link Logger, which I believe are available here.

    Link Logger looks nice, but it's shareware. I used to use a free syslog app with my previous Netgear router, but I can't recall the name of it right now. The reason I'm here is to get suggestions on the best firmware and logging utility for securing and monitoring wireless access on the WRT54GS.

    Anyone have any suggestions?
  5. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    If what you want is some spyware to see who is up to what, check out SpectorSoft. If you are going to be spying on people, it's much easier and more effective to do this on the PC than on the router.
  6. rogun64

    rogun64 Network Guru Member

    Nope, that's not what I want. I want a syslog facility to record incoming connections to my LAN. I used to use Kiwi Syslog to record incoming connections to a Netgear RT-314 and I want to do something similiar with the Linksys WRT54GS. I think Link Logger will do it, if I change firmwares, but I'd prefer something that's opensource and I'm not sure if Kiwi will work with third-party firmware.

    I'm really just wondering what other WRT54GS owners are doing?
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