Home Network Software

Discussion in 'macOS' started by CS5679, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. CS5679 macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2011
    Need some network software that can:

    1.) Watch network traffic coming into my home network (a.k.a security)
    2.) Monitor computer internet activity, (a.k.a what sites they are visiting on the internet, allows option to adjust how much bandwidth each computer uses)

    Any suggestions? The software can be free, or commercial. Any help is greatly appreciated.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Wireshark. FYI; monitoring network traffic provides no "security."

    OpenDNS will monitor, but bandwidth adjustment is probably best done with a router that allows/providse a QoS feature.
  3. CS5679 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2011
    What is this --------> QoS feature, never heard of this terminology.
  4. Indy500fan1977 macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2010
    Greenfield, Indiana
    Quality of Service - it may listed under the security settings or something like that. On a dd-wrt router, it is on its own separte tab listed as NAT/QoS.
  5. dyn macrumors 68030

    Aug 8, 2009
    In addition to that..QoS is used to give certain traffic priority over other traffic. It simply is traffic control (or bandwidth control, what the OP is looking for). This way you can still download like there is no tomorrow and have a normal conversation over VoIP without it dropping out due to the excess download traffic. This is what some ISP's are trying to do but aren't allowed by the FCC due to net neutrality (all traffic should be handled the same by the ISP). Hasn't got anything to do with security though.

    If you want something that watches network traffic going in and out and doing something about that traffic than you're talking about a dedicated firewall/router. Even the Airport Extreme can do this but you might want to look at things like m0n0wall, pfsense, smoothwall, netscreen firewalls, GTA firewalls, etc. Those do a bit more than the AE.
  6. wilsonhaven macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2009
    I've used Untangle (http://www.untangle.com) and it is very handy. There is a community (free) version and a subscriber version. I ran the free version in a VM for a bit. I like that it could alert me and send reports (traffic, probe attempts, etc) by email. The free version doesn't include QoS support, but you can probably do that with your router. I like ww-drt for my routers. The VPN support was handy too.
  7. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    Another tidbit on QoS is that unless you have QoS on both sides of the link, you may not get accurate results with it.
  8. theaero macrumors 6502

    Mar 5, 2008
  9. wilsonhaven macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2009

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