Network traffic analyzer-an overview


A network traffic analyzer is an indispensable tool for any network administrator who wants to avoid disappointment occasioned by network failures. A good network traffic analyzer should be able to provide real time information on traffic usage. With this information, users can be advised on what to avoid during critical working hours to ensure that the bandwidth available enables smooth running of the business. In addition, to providing real-time information, a good traffic analyzer should be able to do the following:

traffic monitoring

  • Identify user’s application, bandwidth consumption, I.p addresses, and protocols of users in the network.
  •  Capturing the flow of traffic in network devices
  • Map the traffic arriving from designated ports, and destination I.Ps.
  • Give instant alert notifications incase of any anomaly
  •  Generate traffic reports
  • Facilitates for the investigation of performance, configuration, and fault within the network.
  • Able to detect the network anomalies either through denial of service (D.o.S) or port attacks.

But why analyze traffic?

Traffic in a network is analyzed for the purpose of achieving the following goals:

  • Have a comprehensive analysis of the network operation
  •  Detect anomalies such as email spamming machines and self-decrypting exploit codes.
  • Assist is program debugging
  • To trouble shoot performance issues

Features of a traffic analyzer

Have you ever wondered how a traffic analyzer operates?

If no, traffic is analyzed using the following features:

  • Network traffic monitoringDetailed traffic analysis– This feature gives you an unprecedented view of the network traffic, enabling you to be proactively ensure that the network traffic is optimized. Detailed traffic analysis is possible through examining the flow of traffic on routers, and switches.