Most routers come with some form of web interface that allows you to view
and change settings. Many routers also have the ability to log all
incoming and outgoing traffic. This can be useful for monitoring your
home network for suspicious activity. This article will show you how to
enable logging on your router and how to view the log.
Logging on Your Router
The first step is to log into your router’s
web interface. This can be done by entering the router’s IP address
into your web browser’s address bar. The default IP address for most
192.168.1.1. Once you are logged in, you will
need to find the page where you can enable logging. This page is
usually found in the
section. Once you have found the page, simply enable logging and
choose a location to save the log file. Be sure to remember where you
saved the file, as you will need to know this later.
Once logging is enabled, your router will start to record all
incoming and outgoing traffic. The log will contain information such
as the date and time of the traffic, the source and destination IP
addresses, and the type of traffic. To view the log, simply open the
file in a text editor such as Notepad. The log may be difficult to
read, but you can use a tool such as NirLog to help
format the log and make it easier to read.
Once you have a good understanding of what
normal traffic looks like on your network, you can start to look for
suspicious activity. If you see any traffic that you do not
understand, you can use a tool such as Wireshark to capture and analyze
the traffic. If you believe that you have found suspicious activity,
you should take appropriate action to protect your network.
Monitoring your router’s traffic can be a
useful way to detect suspicious activity on your network. By
understanding what normal traffic looks like, you can more easily
spot abnormal traffic. If you see something suspicious, be sure to
take appropriate action to protect your network.