How to Check Bandwidth Usage
Learn how to check bandwidth usage with BrowseReporter, a powerful internet monitoring software for tracking the bandwidth consumption and web browsing habits of employees.
“When we saw the reports we were totally surprised by some of the behaviors that had gone under the radar.”
Kevin Porsche, IT Admin, Shady Maple
Check Bandwidth Usage
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Monitor Internet Usage
Active Directory Integration
Automated Email Reports
Monitor Remote Workers
Why Monitor Bandwidth Usage?
Bandwidth availability is crucial for modern business processes. Monitoring bandwidth usage with bandwidth utilization software identifies bandwidth hogs on your network and provides a baseline for understanding bandwidth consumption trends.
Symptoms of Bandwidth Abuse
Dropped VoIP & video call connections
Reduced internet reliability & speed
Network crashes and performance issues
Common Bandwidth Hogs
Video streaming sites (Netflix, YouTube, etc)
Cloud storage sites (MEGA, Google Drive, etc)
Viruses, spyware, and other malware
4 Ways to Reduce Bandwidth Usage in Your Network
High bandwidth usage may be a sign that an endpoint is infected with malware. Use antimalware programs to detect and delete viruses, spyware, and other malware from endpoint devices.
The Benefits of Monitoring Bandwidth Usage
Greater Capital Efficiency
Save Money on Unnecessary Network Upgrades
Before investing in expensive networking upgrades you should first perform a bandwidth utilization analysis to ensure your organization is making optimal use of its currently available resources. If the throughput of your network is less than optimal you can use bandwidth monitoring software to identify unnecessary websites that are consuming excessive amounts of bandwidth.
Improve Network Performance
Identify & Block Bandwidth Hogs
Checking bandwidth usage allows you to identify bandwidth hogs in your network. Once high-bandwidth websites are found you can investigate further to decide which ones need to be blocked. Blocking unproductive and high bandwidth websites will greatly reduce unnecessary strain on the available bandwidth.
Discover Network Anomalies
Collect Network Activity Data
Endpoint devices with unexpected spikes in bandwidth usage need to be investigated. These devices could be infected with malware or being misused for undesirable activities. Checking bandwidth usage provides a baseline performance metric that you can use to detect outliers in network traffic.
How does BrowseReporter work?
1. CurrentWare Client
Easily deploy our Client on your employees’ computers to start tracking their website and application usage activities using our installer or Active Directory.
2. CurrentWare Server
Data tracked by the Client is uploaded to the Server database for storage. This is an on-premises or self-managed cloud server for increased security and storage flexibility.
3. CurrentWare Console
Choose from 20+ reports to run from. Get answers to questions such as “What bandwidth hogs are causing latency in the network?”
How to Install BrowseReporter Internet Monitoring Software
Setup File Contents:
- CurrentWare.exe: cwServer & cwConsole setup
- cwClientSetup.exe: CurrentWare Client Setup File
On the Manager’s computer, install the CurrentWare Console
- Run the CurrentWare.exe setup file.
- Select BrowseReporter
- The Installer will proceed to install the CurrentWare Server, Console and BrowseReporter
- Launch the CurrentWare Console. On the BrowseReporter menu select Tracking Options
- Check “Enable Bandwidth Tracking”
On the employees' computers, install the CurrentWare Client
- Run the client setup file on your employee’s computers
- Connect your computers to the CurrentWare Server
- You can now monitor your employee’s Internet activities
- Repeat steps 1-3 on all computers you would like to monitor
Return to the Manager’s PC, launch the CurrentWare Console
- Under the BrowseReporter menu, click on Run Report
- Select one of the three Bandwidth report types – Bandwidth Usage (URL Listing), Daily Bandwidth Usage and Bandwidth Summary
- Select the computers/users whose bandwidth usage you want to review
- Set the sort by, order and reporting period and click Run Report
The reporting feature offers accurate insights on internet activities in order to ensure compliance & organization policies are met. The offsite management feature makes it easy to monitor those working from home.
Carroline Achieng O., Sales Consultant
Absa Life Assurance, 10,001+ Employees
BrowseReporter is simple to use and provides our company with the information we were looking for. Having BrowseReporter installed has prevented any internet abuse. This was exactly what we wanted!
Denise P., IT Manager
Paper & Forest Products, 51-200 Employees
BrowseReporter allows us to better control the activities of our remote employees, which are growing in number due to our transformation policy. It prevents irregular practices that go against our company's basic labor standards.
Kilmer M., Senior Director of Advertising
Financial Services Company, 51-200 Employees
Browsereporter is an extremely useful piece of software for monitoring our employees' devices while they are at work. It enables us to view data in real time, conduct detailed analyses of each employee's activities, and improve productivity where necessary.
Sebastian P., Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer
Retail, 10,001+ Employees
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