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Tutorial: Bandwidth Event Monitor
Learn how to monitor the bandwidth used by your servers and workstations.
About the Bandwidth Event Monitor

FrameFlow's Bandwidth Event Monitor uses Windows-specific protocols to monitor the bandwidth used by servers and workstations. This event monitor takes two traffic samples from a remote machine and then calculates the bandwidth used for the time elapsed between the samples. It can detect incoming, outgoing, and total bandwidth and offers options to alert if any exceed specified values. You can view graph data for incoming, outgoing, and total bandwidth rates as well. The monitor requires credentials in the form of a username and password for an account with performance counter rights on the remote machine. Consider checking out our System Health Event Monitor for a more streamlined bandwidth monitoring option. The Bandwidth Event Monitor expands upon the bandwidth monitoring options available in that monitor. For SNMP Bandwidth Monitoring, make sure to take a look at our SNMP Bandwidth Event Monitor too.

Graphical View of Bandwidth Data

Setting Up the Bandwidth Event Monitor

To begin setting up your new event monitor, choose a network device to monitor. The monitor settings are separated by incoming, outgoing, and total bandwidth used on any interface. Select values for info, warning, error, and critical alerts for each of these bandwidth measurements. If you're setting up bandwidth monitoring for the first time, it may be beneficial to run the event monitor without these values filled in for 24 hours to get a feel for what is to be expected of your server or workstation. You must choose a username and password with performance counter rights for your remote machine in order to run the monitor.

Bandwidth Settings

You can enter interfaces to ignore in the box below these options, separating different values with a comma. To find the names of your interfaces, run the event monitor once and leave the "ignore" text box blank. In the resulting event history record, you will find the description for each interface and its corresponding index.

Interfaces to Ignore Textbox

Summary

In this brief tutorial, we introduced you to the Bandwidth Event Monitor. We went over how to set incoming, outgoing, and total bandwidth usage alerts and taught you how to determine what bandwidth rates are normal for your monitoring setup. We also mentioned how to ignore certain interfaces and what credentials are needed to run this monitor. Keep an eye on our ever-growing Features section for new tutorials soon!

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