Nutter helps a reader looking for an affordable bandwidth monitoring toolWe recently had an IS audit done at our company. One of the things the auditors wrote us up on was the fact that we had no monitoring system in place to watch for or account for bandwidth utilization of the network. I\u2019ve been looking for a monitoring package, but what I\u2019ve found is expensive or does more than what we need. Can you suggest anything?Multi Router Traffic Grapher (MRTG). This is an application\/script that runs under Perl and can talk to SNMP-enabled devices. Depending on the OS you\u2019re most comfortable with, you can run this under Windows 2000 or your favorite version of\u00a0Linux. I was able to download and install Perl and the MRTG scripts in less than an hour. You\u2019ll also need a Web server on the system that MRTG will be running on.mrtg.hdl.com. There are install instructions for Windows and Linux. I got the latest version of Perl from www.activestate.com. When enabling SNMP on the device you want\u00a0MRTG to monitor, I would suggest enabling the read-only portion of SNMP and use a community string that isn\u2019t a common word or something easily guessed.\u00a0- Via the InternetI recently came across a package called\u00a0You can get this handy monitoring utility by going to\u00a0When you feel comfortable with how MRTG works, look on the other pages at the MRTG site to see the additional monitoring that can be done by downloading and customizing some scripts. What I like about this package so far is that you really don\u2019t have to know Perl in order to get it running or to do some basic customizations to the HTML pages generated. Since MRTG initially only polls for information at 5-minute intervals, you can even run this on a Pentium II 300-MHz processor if you don\u2019t have anything faster to use.