LAN Analyzer and Protocol Decoder - CommView

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About CommView
What's New
Using the Program
Selecting Network Interface for Monitoring
Latest IP Connections
Viewing Logs
Advanced Rules
Reconstructing TCP Sessions
Reconstructing UDP Streams
Searching Packets
Statistics and Reports
Using Aliases
Packet Generator
Visual Packet Builder
NIC Vendor Identifier
Using Remote Agent
Capturing Loopback Traffic
Port Reference
Setting Options
Frequently Asked Questions
VoIP Analysis
Working with VoIP Analyzer
SIP and H.323 Sessions
RTP Streams
Call Logging
Call Playback
Viewing VoIP Logs
Working with Lists in VoIP Analyzer
NVF Files
Advanced Topics
Capturing High Volume Traffic
Working with Multiple Instances
Running CommView in Invisible Mode
Command Line Parameters
Exchanging Data with Your Application
Custom Decoding
CommView Log Files Format
Sales and Support

Capturing High Volume Traffic

When capturing data from a large and busy network segment, you should keep in mind that processing thousands of packets per second may considerably increase the CPU usage and make the application less responsive. The best way to optimize the program's performance is to use rules to filter out the packets you don't need to monitor. For example, sending a 50 MB file between two machines on your LAN can generate approximately 40,000 NetBIOS packets with the data transfer rate of 10 MBytes per second, which can be a heavy load for the application. But normally you don't to need to view every NetBIOS packet being sent, so you can configure CommView to capture IP packets only. CommView has a flexible system of filters, and you can fine-tune the application to display only the packets that you really need. Also, if you are interested in the statistics information only (those green histograms, pie charts, and hosts tables), you can use the "Suspend packet output" menu command, which allows you to have statistical data without real-time packet display.

The factors that improve the program's performance:

· A fast CPU (Intel Core i7 is recommended)
· RAM size (2 GB and higher recommended)
· Using rules to filter out unnecessary traffic