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    "iptraf"

    I just ran "iptraf" and there was stuff happening. Can anyone explain how to use this app?

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    I have never used it before, but have you tried man iptraf?

    Some of the sys-admins must know how to use it, it seems to be a network monitor of sorts.


    IPTRAF(8) IPTRAF(8)

    NAME
    iptraf - Interactive Colorful IP LAN Monitor

    SYNOPSIS
    iptraf { [ -f ] [ -q ] [ { -i iface | -g | -d iface | -s iface | -z iface | -l iface } [ -t
    timeout ] [ -B [ -L logfile ] ] ] | [ -h ] }

    DESCRIPTION
    iptraf is an ncurses-based IP LAN monitor that generates various network statistics includ-
    ing TCP info, UDP counts, ICMP and OSPF information, Ethernet load info, node stats, IP
    checksum errors, and others.

    If the command is issued without any command-line options, the program comes up in interac-
    tive mode, with the various facilities accessed through the main menu.

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    Must be a command line network sniffer, right?

    I just use ethereal (http://www.ethereal.com) - GUI and it has native clients for Linux and Windows. It's very full-featured and reliable.

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    Now I am really lost, just two machines here on a router (three when the wife has the laptop out) I ran "iptraf" with no other connections open, there was incomming and outgoing traffic (excuse me if I don't use the right terminology). "iptraf" gave the address 192.168.x.xx then a : and more numbers. I will study man iptraf.

    I kinda keyed on the IP part of the title, its hot here in Louisiana and I would like to take off my tinfoil hat.

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    Sounds normal to me. You've got your machines setup with private address-space IPs, right? So they're broadcasting back and forth because they're operating off of the same switch and in the same subnet.

    A lot of sniffers will translate what it means - next to the numeric information they'll display verbiage like "who has 192.168.100.5? Tell 192.168.100.3."

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    Kung, Thats what I want, to know who is xxx.xx.x.xx
    Mostly I am trying different things with the CLI, some day I will input the right stuff and everything will work.

    Thanx everyone for the help!

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    i installed ethereal a while back its fun to watch the packets fly at lan partys but then people look over at ur screen and they are like "hey stop reading my Instant Messages"

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