How do administrators find bandwidth hogs?


How do administrators find bandwidth hogs?


Administrators identify bandwidth hogs through close analysis of a network, looking for IP addresses, devices or applications that may be using more than their reasonable share of bandwidth on a network.

There are various ways to do this. Administrators can use the features of a wireless router to look at which devices and processes are using bandwidth. A firewall can also provide comprehensive information on bandwidth usage within the network.

In general, the best way to find bandwidth hogs is to examine real-time use with visual dashboards. New third-party bandwidth monitoring tools offer these kinds of visual dashboards that make IP address and device usage transparent, and show administrators a real-time view of bandwidth use. This makes it easier to spot bandwidth hogs and manage the network.

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