How to see top users for devices behind a wireless router



  • I have just installed a pfSense firewall on a mini PC. It sits between the modem and several routers that each have several wired devices as well as wifi networks. One of the things I am wanting to do is to know what devices are using the most bandwidth. My internet access is thru a metered satellite connection and I have monthly data caps. So it is important that I manage at the device level.

    When I go into pfTop, it lists the routers as the biggest users. It would be much better if I could see all the IP addresses in the network.

    Is there a way to do this?

    Thanks.



  • Yes, redesign our network so that all hosts are on networks with pfSense directly, obtaining DHCP addresses from there and such. If you "hide" them behind other routing devices then it is impossible for pfSense to distinguish between hosts in that branch as it sees all traffic sourcing from that router port.

    Are those wireless routers or cabled devices btw?



  • The devices on the routers are wireless as well as cabled. My pfSense device does not have wifi. I'm trying to reuse an existing router to provide wifi and be able to tell which devices are the top users of bandwidth.



  • reconfigure that wireless router to an access point only so that clinets get an IP from pfSense directly.
    Switch off DHCP server on that wireless router. Connect it via its LAN port to pfSense, NOT its WAN port.



  • @jahonix:

    reconfigure that wireless router to an access point only so that clinets get an IP from pfSense directly.
    Switch off DHCP server on that wireless router. Connect it via its LAN port to pfSense, NOT its WAN port.

    Thank you! Just did some initial testing and it looks like it is working.