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.

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