How to Monitor Wireless Internet Usage

By Herman Cruz

Network administrators establish a wireless Internet network at workplaces and educational institutions so that users may connect to the Internet with a laptop or other wireless device. To ensure that the productivity of employees or students isn't affected when they navigate the Net, it may be necessary to monitor wireless Internet usage. There are several software applications you can deploy to monitor Internet usage on your wireless network.

Step 1

Administer WFilter Enterprise on your network to monitor wireless Internet usage efficiently. With this software, you are not only able to monitor wireless Internet usage on your network, you may also filter and block Internet access to inappropriate or distracting web pages to ensure that employee or student productivity doesn't decline. Useful features include monitoring and archiving capabilities for all Internet browsing activities within the network. You can also record all incoming and outgoing emails, web chats, and transferred files---and you can do this targeting individual computers. To deploy this software, you can download a trial version by clicking on the "Download Evaluation" link displayed in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage of IMFirewall, the company that produces the software.

Step 2

Implement OpExpert to monitor and manage your wireless network. OpExpert enables you to monitor any type of Internet usage on your network, including wireless devices. This software will alert you when something is causing the network to perform poorly and report on any potential issues you will need to address to maintain the network's efficiency. Features include bandwidth monitoring capabilities to keep the network running fast, and graphical reports on any wireless device or group of devices working within the network. Another useful feature is an alarm generator, which will alert you via email or SMS when inappropriate or potentially harmful Internet usage is taking place. You can try the free OpExpert Basic edition on your network by clicking on the "Free Edition & Demo" option located in the upper-right hand corner of the OpExpert homepage and then clicking on "Download Free Edition."

Step 3

Establish the MonitorMagic software to guard wireless Internet browsing activities on your network. MonitorMagic is both a network and server monitoring software solution that will protect your network from potential failures at an early stage. It will also let you monitor any type of network, including a wireless-only network. With MonitorMagic, you can also archive Internet usage events, monitor applications and manage multiple devices and components in an Enterprise size network or a single network. Features include reports for network devices and servers, full support, bandwidth monitoring and automatic database cleanup. You can set up MonitorMagic on your network by downloading the free trial version prior to purchasing the software. To do this, click on the "Download Free Trial" link displayed on the left side of the page, enter your information and click the "Download Now" tab.