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How can I see what devices connect to what websites?

asked 2020-06-17 22:57:47 +0000

I have set up a local network and I would like to know what devices are connecting to what web servers, identify MAC address, timestamp and if someone is using a VPN, can I still get that same info? Additionally, but no as important, is there a way to see if the info sent is of a specific file type? .docx or .pdf?

Thank you very much, I'm new at this and would like to learn more but I'm having trouble finding what to know.

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answered 2020-06-18 16:36:06 +0000

Nolliwira gravatar image

updated 2020-06-18 16:49:10 +0000

You need a commercial grade router; such as pfSense or Mikrotik so, you can see connection state.

As to the VPN, remember it's encrypt and require a pass phrase for traffic to enter.

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answered 2020-06-18 08:25:53 +0000

grahamb gravatar image

Firstly your local jurisdiction may or may not allow you to do this.

Your question is mostly off-topic for the site, Wireshark is a precision microscope for investigating things of interest, not a general network tool.

To capture the general info you need some sort of network traffic monitor using information from the router(s) in your network. This can mostly be done using free software, if the hardware is capable.

To inspect traffic inside a VPN, or other secure transport mechanism, such as HTTPS, is known as interception and there are many "firewall" type products that allow this and can report on the content. Expect this to cost money and again may or may not be legal in your environment.

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