Monitor Bandwidth with PRTG and a PowerConnect 2824 Switch

Mark Berry January 3, 2010

The previous post described basic setup of the Dell PowerConnect 2824 switch. One of the reasons I bought this switch is its ability to “mirror” a port. This allows a properly-configured computer to sniff all the packets going through the mirrored port. If you mirror the port that goes to your external router, you should be able to monitor all the traffic between your router and all internal computers.

Setting up the switch and the free PRTG Network Monitor was pretty easy. Setting up the computer itself (an old Windows XP Home box) took some fiddling. Here in brief are the steps.

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