Connection Window

Introduction

Each traffic stream can be displayed in a separate window that provides detailed information such as transfer rate, recent throughput history and other real-time information.

Usage

To view the properties of a connection, first locate the stream in the traffic monitor then double click it. The connection window will be displayed for that particular traffic stream.

User Interface

The connection window is split into 3 parts:

  • Local Endpoint - Displays the local address and port information belonging to the traffic stream.
  • Remote Endpoint - Displays the remote address and port information belonging to the traffic stream.
  • Traffic Statistics - Shows real-time information for the connection such as transfer rate, throughput history and total amount transferred.

A description of each field is as follows:

  • Local Domain Name - The name of the computer at the local end of the connection.
  • Local IP Address - The IP address of the local endpoint. Available only for IP-based protocols (IP, ICMP, TCP and UDP).
  • Local Port - The port value used at the local endpoint. Available only for TCP and UDP protocols.
  • Local MAC Address - The MAC address of the local endpoint. This is the physical address of the network adapter that is used by the local endpoint of the connection.
  • Remote Domain Name - The name of the computer at the remote end of the connection.
  • Remote IP Address - The IP address of the remote endpoint. Available only for IP-based protocols (IP, ICMP, TCP and UDP).
  • Remote Port - The port value used at the remote endpoint. Available only for TCP and UDP protocols.
  • Remote MAC Address - The MAC address of the remote endpoint. This is the physical address of the network adapter that is used by the remote endpoint of the connection. Note that this value may be overridden by gateway and proxy servers to be their own address.
  • Protocol - The Layer 3 protocol used by the connection.
  • Direction - The direction of travel for the connection's traffic. Each traffic stream has a single direction, Upload or Download. Upload traffic originates from the LAN and travels to the internet, Download traffic arrives from the internet and is received by a local computer.
  • Transferred - The total amount of data that has been transferred by the connection (for the specified direction only).
  • Transfer Rate - The current speed of the connection.
  • Average Rate - The average speed of the connection.
  • Monitored Since - The time that monitoring began for the traffic stream. Note that if a connection remains in a dormant state with no throughput for a long period of time, this field may be reset when further data is transferred. If that occurs then the Transferred field only reflects the amount of data transferred since the new start time.
  • Utilization Graph - Displays the last 30 seconds of activity for the connection. The height of the graph is set to the line speed for the specified direction. Upload data is displayed with a blue line, download is in green.

The connection window also contains several buttons:

  • Create Matching Rule - Creates a new rule that is based on the properties of the stream such as local and remote endpoint, protocol and direction. After clicking this button the Rule Wizard is displayed with the appropriate fields automatically filled in.
  • Clear History - Resets the Transferred and Monitored Since fields for the connection.
  • Help - Displays the help topic for the connection window.
  • Close - Closes the connection window.