EtherScout is a program which sits on your network and passively collects
data on traffic patterns of Internet usage.
Reports can then be
generated in real-time, showing detailed information on what
users are doing, or trends of surfing behavior on your network.
After installing EtherScout, the program will start monitoring
all packets traveling through the physical network cable it
is connected to. It can monitor all packets, even if they
are not directed to the EtherScout PC.
After collecting this information, EtherScout reports can
immediately show you:
- Web sites that users have recently been viewing.
- Most commonly visited web sites on your network.
- Network traffic generated per day, week or month by each
- Levels of traffic each protocol is generating and by whom.
- Plus! You can write your own reports using HTML
and SQL, allowing you to extract the exact information you
need to see.
EtherScout must be installed on Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003 or 2000. The program
requires around 16 MB of free memory and 20 MB of free disk
space for the programs files and the database. The product
will monitor traffic on your network generated by any operating
system, including Linux and other versions of Windows.
It is very important where you install EtherScout on your
network. The machine should be connected to the network cable
which has the most Internet traffic flowing through it. If
it is connected to a switch, it may not be able to see traffic
between other workstations (unless you enable port-mirroring).
It is better to install it on either on your Internet gateway
server, or as close to it as possible, so that it can see
all relevant traffic.