Protocol Analyzer

What is a network protocol analyzer?

Traffic analysis involves monitoring the network 24/7 to discover who has been using the bandwidth and for what. With a clear understanding of the network's protocol distribution, you can see all the applications being used in the network and their related conversations.

Network protocols are a standard set of rules and formats that ensure data transfers among two or more devices over a network are easy, reliable, and secure. Some network protocols include:

  • Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)
  • Internet Protocol (IP)
  • User Datagram Protocol (UDP)
  • Post Office Protocol (POP)
  • Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)
  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

Network protocol analyzer is a tool that captures and analyzes bandwidth and traffic data over a network. It can help you:

  • View the bandwidth statistics of every protocol in the network.
  • Prevent inactive applications from using valuable bandwidth.
  • Keep track of the network protocol distribution and solve network issues quickly by offering clear visibility on the problem at hand.

NetFlow Analyzer as a protocol analyzer tool

ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer is up and running in a matter of minutes and starts to capture flow packets to show real-time traffic data and generate the required reports.

To see the protocol distribution in a network, you need to be able to see the source and destination addresses associated with each conversation corresponding to a protocol. This is where conversation reports come into play. These conversation reports in NetFlow Analyzer have detailed tabs on Traffic, Application, Source, Destination, DSCP, etc.

What is Network Protocol Analyzer?

These conversation reports can be filtered and sorted to provide the maximum amount of data in a single report.

When the network gets slow, instead of analyzing every application, you can take a look at the bandwidth usage for each protocol to help pinpoint irregular behavior, toxic applications, and IPs that drain valuable network bandwidth.

The applications can then be prioritized, and the required bandwidth can be set for business-critical applications and other application usage in the network. Obtaining such information from a networking device like routers or switches can be effortless when you configure your devices to export NetFlow packets.

NetFlow Analyzer: Much more than a protocol analyzer tool

Effectively showing which applications consume the most bandwidth and which ones are in need of more bandwidth is not the only thing NetFlow Analyzer has to offer. Some of its other salient features are included below.

Bandwidth and Traffic Monitoring

Network Protocol Analyzer

With a meticulous report accompanied by drill-down options for more detailed stats, this feature allows you to see how efficiently the network bandwidth is being used.

Application-specific usage monitoring

Network Protocol Analyzer Tool

View the top applications in your network and ensure that the applications critical to your business get maximum priority. The grouping settings in the tool allow you to monitor the bandwidth usage cumulatively once a group is defined.

Attacks and Alerts

Network Protocol Analyzer Software

Alerts let you know whenever there is a spike or a drop in the network, when a link goes down, or when bandwidth utilization increases.

Customizable Dashboard

Network Protocol Analysis

With bandwidth monitoring and traffic analysis at its core, NetFlow Analyzer enables you to customize the dashboard to your requirements by allocating specific parameters as widgets in the home screen.

Reports and Troubleshooting

Network Traffic Protocol Analyzer

View data in easy-to-understand graphs and charts to get in-depth insights at a glance. Put the most vital traffic information as a main widget in the custom dashboard so this information is the front and center.

NetFlow Analyzer is a unified solution that collects and analyzes flow data, displays reports in its web-based console, and shows what your network bandwidth is being used for and by whom. Get started with a 30-day free trial of NetFlow Analyzer.