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Network Monitoring And Filtering Software

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#1 MasterNe0


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Posted 14 October 2014 - 03:29 PM

Can anyone recommend a good/cheap network monitoring and filtering software


What I am looking for is something that let us record traffic within a network and also allow us to block and filter out certain categories (gambling, porn, etc)


I am not looking for any form of big brother software that lets me watch users desktops like a security camera, just the network side of things for a office.


So far everything I have seen is a bit out of our price range as we are looking for something for 10 or less users at a low monthly cost.

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Posted 17 October 2014 - 03:07 PM

bump for assistance.

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Posted 18 October 2014 - 10:06 AM

I don;t know of any desktop based software off hand, I always use firewalls and or proxies.


I would probably suggest a proxy server or firewall. There are some open source (free) proxies and firewalls that would work with no way for the end user to bypass them. Pfsense with squid setup as a transparent proxy would be one suggestion. You could also look into using openDNS. There are quite a few ways that I block traffic on networks, none are by end user software (software on their personal desktop).


You could build the cheapest atom box to run pfsens or linux and then setup a transparent proxy or use openDNS. Even an old reliable computer running a single core pentium cpu would be enough for a firewall. The only requirement would be adding a second ethernet port if the computer only has 1.


Pfsense has many addons and you could also monitor network traffic by ips including your private ips and the public ips accessed by each private ip. You could also buy a cheap linksys router and make use of Tomato firmware which will allow you to monitor traffic in similar ways.

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 05:05 AM

I can suggest the tool that my company uses to monitor the network  Anturis, which is a cloud-based tool which monitors all the devices in the net and how they work. The tool is not sophisticated as far as I know.

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