Bandwidth monitoring in a workgroup

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IRtech

Bandwidth monitoring in a workgroup   03 August 2020, 10:02

Hello

I need a software to give me the bandwidth usage of clients in a workgroup network.

My network does not have any particular monitoring devices such as routers. I need a solution to monitor the network with software utilization. Is there any software to calculate bandwidth on every individual PC and send the reports to the main PC?
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Ann

Re: Bandwidth monitoring in a workgroup   03 August 2020, 10:14

Yes, there is. NetMaster should suit your requirements quite well. Simply install NetMaster service on every computer that you want to monitor, and you will be able to access all the reports from the main PC.
IRtech

Re: Bandwidth monitoring in a workgroup   03 August 2020, 10:40

Thank you for the reply. I have a few more questions:
  • How to set remote password for a client PC (with only NetMaster service installed, not GUI)?
  • How to set nickname for client PCs on the main PC after connecting to each client (instead of PC name)?
  • Is NetBIOS necessary for NetMaster? (we always disable NetBIOS in case of security issues)
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Ann

Re: Bandwidth monitoring in a workgroup   03 August 2020, 11:02

The answers to your questions:
  • Once the service has been installed, its default password is blank. You can then connect to the service from the main PC and set a new password. You can also connect to multiple services and set a new password at once. Simply selected all connected services in the user interface, then choose Settings and set a new password; and it will be set on all of them.
  • There is no nickname support at the moment, but we have plans to add it.
  • NetBIOS is not necessary and it is not used in any way.
IRtech

Re: Bandwidth monitoring in a workgroup   04 August 2020, 15:08

Thank you very much! NetMaster seems to be a reliable and useful application. And I think the option to set nickname for each client will be very helpful.

Two more questions:
  • Does NetMaster use encryption? Are the passwords secured?
  • Does NetMaster service or GUI need registry permission? In a PC with a standard user, I added some clients in GUI, but after restarting the PC, I can't see any clients, as if noting saved in GUI.
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Ann

Re: Bandwidth monitoring in a workgroup   04 August 2020, 15:16

We don't use encryption in NetMaster. All settings and the access password are kept in a local database in C:\ProgramData\SoftPerfect\NetMaster. The password is Base-64 encoded. For added security in a corporate environment you may want to revoke the Users group access to this folder.

No specific permissions are required to save the settings. I am not sure why in your case the GUI did not display the devices. Make sure that there is interference from other applications, like antivirus or some security software. If that is all good, try adding the devices again and then manually closing the GUI via File - Exit in the main menu. This should definitely save all settings and the list of connected devices.
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Ann

Re: Bandwidth monitoring in a workgroup   11 August 2020, 09:35

We have added the Rename option for devices in the latest build:

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