What is bandwidth analyzer?
A bandwidth analyzer is a type of software that collects, gathers, monitors, and analyzes data and metrics related to network bandwidth. It is used by network administrators to show the total network / internet bandwidth that a given network is receiving and sending.
A bandwidth analyzer can also be referred to as a bandwidth monitor.
A bandwidth analyzer is part of the network management software. It is usually installed or working on the network gateway and records every packet that moves in or out of the network. Typically, the key function of a bandwidth analyzer is to provide the amount / size of downloaded or uploaded data and the total bandwidth used.
Some enterprise / advanced bandwidth analyzers can dig into the details of any network packet and provide performance and security related data. This can include maximum usage time, most commonly used protocols, active systems, source and destination IP addresses of each packet, and more. In addition, it can alert a network administrator when a bandwidth usage threshold is reached and inform the administrator of application-specific, user-specific, and system-specific bandwidth usage details.