Trying to find bandwidth usage by device

asked 2020-06-14 01:12:22 +0000

Hello. I am new to this and am trying to figure out a way to tell bandwidth usage from the different devices connected to my wifi. I think I am able to capture the packets and I am reiewing them via statistics-endpoints. I can see the MACs for my devices in there but not sure I know how to read the data? Im assuming the bytes field is how much data is being used but I tried downloading something on my iphone that was about 5 mbs and the bytes number did not change to mb. Its still not even 1k.

Am i looking at the wrong place or is there something else i need to do? Thanks in advance.

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Where/how have you captured the traffic? When you say you see less then 1k for the mac address of your iPhone, I guess you have captured the broadcasts only. If you want to figure out with Wireshark how many bandwidth your wifi clients are using, you must capture the traffic onto the wifi router if possible. Otherwise try to capture on your LAN router.

The endpoint statistics shows you only the ammount of data that a client has transfered. If you want to see the bandwidth, you can use the I/O graph.

JasMan gravatar imageJasMan ( 2020-06-14 10:13:46 +0000 )edit

Just the wireshark capture and looking at endpoint I see the traffic. Im really new to this so sorry if thats not what it is. Is there an easy way to capture this on a router? I dont have a usb port on the router btw to store anything.

tomatosauce1238i gravatar imagetomatosauce1238i ( 2020-06-14 14:03:39 +0000 )edit

If this is something you want to do more than once, it's worthwhile to do it at the router.
Deep pockets - replace the router or go full WiFi gonzo down the Unifi path (can be addictive).
Shallow pockets - configure existing router for AP or bridge mode and put a small router from MikroTik or Ubiquiti between it and your ISP. Both have GUIs that collect and display usage per device.
No budget - can be a technical challenge but check if your device supports one of the open source firmware images.

Chuckc gravatar imageChuckc ( 2020-06-15 00:55:58 +0000 )edit

Thanks I have to go the no budget route. Live in a country where getting those kinds of routers can be challenging. I have a dlink Dir615 which i think can support other firmware (i have Firmware: DD-WRT v24-sp2 (03/25/13) std). What firmware do you recommend?

tomatosauce1238i gravatar imagetomatosauce1238i ( 2020-06-15 02:30:04 +0000 )edit

Looks like from the version string that you are already running DD-WRT.
Have you loaded latest version available from D-Link?
There are some old posts on the DD-WRT Forum and Wiki that can help with getting the performance data.

Chuckc gravatar imageChuckc ( 2020-06-15 04:11:46 +0000 )edit