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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

Tips

  • At any point you feel like you've recorded enough streaming data over your connection, stop the capture and save it by clicking “File” and then “Save.” You can freely analyze your packets without having new ones barging in on your log that way.
  • If you are unsure whether you have a 32-bit or a 64-bit operating system, click "Start," "Control Panel," "System and Maintenance" and "System" and look at the "System type."

About the Author

Mikhail Polenin has been working with computers since 1997. His experience also expands to astrophysics, masonry, electricity and general appliance repair. He's written about various different subjects regarding astrophysics and electrical circuits for various online publications. Polenin attended the New World School of the Arts and the University of Florida.

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