How to monitor internet traffic through a router

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How to monitor internet traffic through a router
It's possible to monitor your Internet traffic in a number of ways. (Internet image by Stephanie Bandmann from

Frequently, computers today are online on an almost constant basis. Because of malicious and potentially dangerous Internet activity globally, constant connections can cause security and other potential problems. The ability to monitor your Internet traffic can help reduce and pinpoint security issues, as well as provide some level of control when your employees, friends or children are on the Internet. Numerous types of software are available that will allow you to monitor your traffic, but you can monitor it from your router as well.

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    Click the "Start" button on the bottom-left of your desktop. For Windows 7 and Windows Vista, it will only show the Windows icon.

  2. 2

    Click "Run" in the menu on the right-hand side. Enter the letters "cmd" in the field provided in the Run window. Click "OK" at the bottom to open the Windows command prompt.

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    Type the command "ipconfig" in the command prompt and hit "Enter." Locate "IP Address" in the information that is listed. This is your router's IP address.

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    Open your Internet browser.

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    Type the IP address listed in the command prompt into your browser's address bar. Hit "Enter."

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    Enter your username and password to access your router. If you do not know them, call your router manufacturer or your Internet provider for assistance. You also can check your owner's manual for information.

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    Look for the admin area of your router administration panel that is labelled "Logs." It will generally be under "Administration," "Admin" or "Advanced Settings" depending on your router. If you have trouble locating it, call your router manufacturer or refer to the manual for your router.

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    Look for the logs related to activity for your router. These logs will enable you to monitor your Internet activity. Depending on your router, it may log other information as well or may only log activity and access.

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  • You can potentially have these logs e-mailed directly to you on a schedule depending on your router. Refer to your manual for more information.

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