Friday, January 19, 2018

How to monitor client Traffic on Mikrotik Using Torch, Queues and Connections

Hello guys, welcome to my personal blog. Today am going to share some experience on various way you can monitor a client on your network if you are using mikrotik modules so stick around let’s get started.
Before we start I just want to point out some reason why you must monitor the traffic flowing in and out of your network.

Most of the reasons why network administrators shows so much concern about Monitoring client traffic is complains, it is not new that client always complains of slow internet speed, well this can be segmented by monitoring the actual source that is pulling most of the bandwidth and the solve the problem by either using queues or filter method to deal with the interface that is causing the congestion to the network, if the problem exist within the LAN of the client. Actually that is called bandwidth management, which implies sharing the available speed among work groups so that everyone can carry out their responsibilities.

The first way to monitor a client traffic is to use Tools : to do this click on tools >>>>> click on Torch. A new page will pop up
On the top left corner of the page choose the interface you want to monitor Wan, Bridge, ether by clicking the drop down menu, and then click on start on the top right page.
Once that is done you will see the src address and the dis address.
The Tx and the Rx of the traffic flowing on the interface.

You can also choose the port and the kind of protocol you want to monitor.
The second way to monitor the performance of a client on your network is by viewing the connections. For you to be able to do this, click on IP to open a small menu , below the menu you will find  a tab firewall >>>>>>> click on firewall >>>>>> on the menu you will a tab called connections, click on connections, what this does is to show all connection that are established on your router with their src and dist address, for you to be able to identify if the connection established is within your network or outside your network. Now here is the deal you can look at any IP address and double click on it if there is any reason ( such as congesting the network for a very long time ) to block or filter that interface or IP here you can do that comfortably. You can click on the filter icon, click on drop down arrow on src address, this will allow to filter base on several protocols such: comment, connection type , connection mark, dist, ICMP code, ICMP mark etc.  so now if you want to filter using address you can from the drop down arrow put in and type in the address you want to filter and then click on filter on the top right side of the page.

In the connection you will also see your Tx and Rx to monitor if some of your traffic is being attacked and the know how to manage them.
The last method to monitor client traffic on your network is by using queues Tree. For me I believe that if your network queues are properly configured all the traffic flowing in and out of your net is therefore accounted for.

To use queues click on queues. Click on queues, >>>>> on the top tab click on queues Tree , now click on the red plus sign to add a queues Tree to your network.
Make sure to name the queues for easy recognition of the particular interface.
On the parent choose the interface you want to queues ranging from Wan, global in, global out, global total, ether and bridge interfaces.

You can set the queue type to default if you want.
Then input the mini and max limit speed you want from the interface.
Click ok and apply.

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