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At work we have a few servers that we purchased in the past, and we are about to 'retire' them and will have no use for them. I was wondering if there would be an 'easy' way (NOT using one of the servers as a proxy, or internet gateway) but I am looking for a way to monitor network traffic/bandwidth usage.

Does anyone have any ideas/software to check out?

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At work we have a few servers that we purchased in the past, and we are about to 'retire' them and will have no use for them. I was wondering if there would be an 'easy' way (NOT using one of the servers as a proxy, or internet gateway) but I am looking for a way to monitor network traffic/bandwidth usage.

Does anyone have any ideas/software to check out?

Do your switches have span ports?

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Ok, well what we want to do is monitor for folks streaming music/videos. I have looked into wireshark, but that still looks like it needs to be installed on a the 'default gateway'. We are looking to do something 'low profile' so that if it crashes, or we screw up the install, it doesnt bring down the whole office.

It would appear by both trial and error and the sugguestions I have gotten that this needs to involve the router. Does anyone know of a way to avoid this?

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