How to Monitor a DSL Network

By Mikhail Polenin

Monitoring your network helps you determine certain problems that occur in your connection, whether you run on a basic DSL home Internet line or a super-rapid connection for a business. You can also spot some malicious connections that sniff out your packets and spy on your connection. Microsoft has a tool for this available for download, so you don’t have to search for third-party software. It even lets you save logs of packet data received over a specified period of time.

Step 1

Visit Microsoft’s Network Monitor download page (see Resources).

Step 2

Scroll down to where you see three installers. Click “Download” next to the one appropriate for your operating system’s platform. The x86 installer goes in 32-bit operating systems and x64 goes in 64-bit operating systems.

Step 3

Go to the directory where you downloaded your file. Double-click it and follow the onscreen installation wizard’s instructions.

Step 4

Go to your "Start" menu and go to your programs list within the menu.

Step 5

Go down to where you see “Microsoft Network Monitor” and click on the shortcut to open the program.

Step 6

Select from the list of network interfaces which ones you’d like to monitor on the bottom left area.

Step 7

Click “Start” in the window. The program returns packets from all different protocols and programs you run on your computer.