Windows Network Monitoring

One of the most commonly used operating systems today is Windows. As with anything else, the more popular that a given operating system or item becomes, the more likely it is to be the target of people who would use it to their own ends. Windows, like any other operating system which is vastly popular, is no exception to that rule.

Windows operating systems and Windows networks are prone to attempted breaches, which means that monitoring them is imperative. While some WIndows systems give you a basic method of monitoring your network, they don’t help you to see what kind of applications are using the network or running in the background.

Having this information to hand is very important if you need to discover and to terminate any kind of programs that are using your bandwidth or are using an injected malware.

Some Windows network monitoring can take place using the built in software and network monitoring tools that Windows 7 or Windows 8 offers you. If you’re looking for just basic network monitoring, you may not need to worry about third party network monitoring tools, but rather may just be able to get the information that you need using the Windows tools.

Taking a look at processes running in the background, as well as who is connected to your network is possible in Windows 7. Making sure that they are supposed to be there, what kind of load they are using and whether or not they are slowing your service is another way that the Windows network monitoring tools can help you.

In order to monitor your windows network all that you’ll need to do is to go to the Windows task manager. If you’re interested in how active the network is click performance and review the Ethernet or the WiFi sections to review that information. It is easy to view and easy to understand. You can even check on your own IP address.

Your Task manager is going to give you links to network monitoring information that is slightly more advanced and which will give you all of the information on every single active component of your network.. It will tell you how much data is being sent and received, where it’s coming from and how much of an impact it has on the network resources.

Bear in mind that these built in tools do have their limits. If you require more than this, need to see more deeply into the network, you’re going to have to install some Windows monitoring tools from the outside. A wide array of freeware is out there that can help you to take a closer look at all of the network information and won’t cost you a penny. Much of it is even easy to install and simple to use. If you’re using Windows network monitoring tools and they aren’t quite what you’re looking for, it may behoove you to look into other tools that can help you to get a closer look at your home or professional network.