How to Monitor Network Traffic Using Router

How to Monitor Network Traffic Using Router

Why We Need To Monitor Network Traffic?

Monitoring of network traffic can help you to provide valuable insights into your network’s performance.

You will know exactly which devices and programs are using your bandwidth. Through network monitoring, you can know where your computers are connecting and how much data they are sending or receiving.


There are many ways that you can monitor your network. But here we explain the most usual way to monitor network traffic.
How to Monitor Network Traffic Using Router
How to Monitor Network Traffic Using Router

Monitor Network Traffic Using Your Router

Everyone has a router, and you can access it from nearly any device who is connected to your network. All your internet traffic already flows through the router, so it’s the most direct source of your information about what’s going on within the network.

First Step >> You are going to need to find out your router’s IP (Internet Protocol) address. For most routers it’s 192.168.1.1, unless someone changed it. If you are not sure, open a command prompt, and run command "ipconfig". For Mac and Linux, run "ip r".

Second Step >> Open web browser and write the router’s IP address in the address bar and press Enter after writing IP address.

Third Step >> You will probably be prompted to enter your router’s admin username and password before you can go any further. If you did not set them yourself, your Internet service provider probably did when the set it up. Look for any documentation they may have provided to sign in.

Fourth Step >> Every router is different, and so are their interfaces. When you first sign in to most, you will arrive at a basic status page. It will show you information about your router and your network that may be useful, but not too in-depth. Try to find a Device List link to see which devices are connected to the network.

Fifth Step >> Your router’s device list will show you the IP addresses of the devices connected to the network. It may even provide a bit of information about what they are. You will normally see a computer’s name next to the IP if one was set. Here, you will also be able to see connection information for Wi-Fi devices, including their signal quality and the available bandwidth.

Sixth Step >> Have a look around for a Status section on your router. You might be lucky enough to even have a specific Bandwidth or Network Monitoring section. It’s under a section like this that you will be able to find more data about bandwidth usage of specific devices by IP address.

Seventh Step >> When you locate your router’s traffic or bandwidth monitoring sections, you will be able to see which devices are using the most bandwidth. You will see transmission rates and other useful stats. In some cases, you may find graphs and even real-time monitoring that provide visualization of what’s happening on your network.

Eighth Step >> With this information, you will be able to find out what your networks biggest data consumption are and what devices might be struggling to get a decent signal. You will also be able to see if anyone’s weaseled their way onto your network when they should not be there.

Learn More >> Monitor Network Traffic Using Wireshark
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