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This Guide will help you to determine the optimum location for TrafMeter in order to count traffic between your computer network and Internet.
Simple network configuration
In a small- or medium-sized organization, the computer network may consist of only one segment to which all workstation computers are connected, often by means of a network hub. The segment is connected to the Internet by an access router/gateway/firewall device, as shown in Figure 1.
For simple network configurations, install TrafMeter on a computer connected to a hub carrying all traffic to and from the Internet gateway.
If gateway is Windows-based computer with proxy-server software (e.g. Microsoft ISA Server, WinRoute, WinGate and etc.) you can install TrafMeter on this computer.
The network described in Figure 1 uses a non-switching network hub to connect the workstations to the access router. In this scenario, all data generated by the workstations will be delivered to the TrafMeter computer.
If a managed (or intelligent) switch is used, you can configure the switch to deliver all IP data to a "monitor" (or "spanning") port on the switch, and connect the TrafMeter computer to this port. This case is shown in Figure 4.
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