Since the beginning of lockdown, the sale of video games and their systems skyrocketed. Now that we’re slowly moving back to office life, employees may be bringing their BYOD game systems such as PlayStation Vitas, Nintendo Switches, and Nintendo 3DSs to work with them. Here’s how we can help you find those pesky systems.

BYOD game systems systems crossing your network

I will be the first to admit that the moment Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out, I was completely sucked in. On release day, the special edition Switch and the game itself were on my doorstep and I couldn’t put it down for months… I still can’t put it down over a year later. As office life is slowly starting to ramp back up, employees may be bringing their systems to work to play during lunch. If I were back in the office myself, I know I would; I owe Mr. Nook a lot of bells.

If your network bandwidth starts to become clogged and you’re unsure why, we have just the tools for you! Let’s see how Plixer Beacon and Plixer Scrutinizer can help you figure out what’s using your bandwidth, right down to the MAC address, which can show you what type of devices are on your network.

How Plixer Beacon and Plixer Scrutinizer can help

So, let’s get started. Starting on the Explore tab of Scrutinizer, you’ll see a number of interfaces that Scrutinizer’s currently seeing. In this scenario, let’s say that one of my interfaces looks saturated. I’ll select either the inbound or outbound meter (whichever one looks saturated) and run a default report. Once my report loads, we can see the top ten talkers and their IP addresses. In the screenshot below, we don’t have any saturation, but let’s play pretend and say that this top talker is causing a lot of trouble.

BYOD game systems: Scrutinizer pair report

Using Scrutinizer, I can dig deeper into what this traffic is, but specifically I want to know what this device is. Keeping the IP in mind, I’m going to load my Beacon instance. Using the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner, I’m going to enter my IP and see what comes up. In a few quick moments, I have my results!

Plixer Beacon results

In this instance, it’s just a Raspberry Pi device. Clicking on that MAC address in the first column, I can learn where it’s currently connected, its endpoint risk, and its IP history. Personally, I love being able to see the IP history since devices tend to change IPs each time they connect to the network. Although in this case, we are looking at a Raspberry Pi, we would get a similar result that states the IP and MAC belong to a PlayStation Vita or a Switch. If for some reason your Beacon instance labels the device as unregistered or unknown, you can use this Wireshark OUI tool to look up the vendor. I typed my Switch MAC in and got an accurate result. Now, you can go ahead and tell end users to stop snapping pictures of Pokémon on the office network. There you have it. You can try out Beacon or Scrutinizer for free, or if you need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to our support team at 207-324-8805 extension 4.

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Joanna Buckley

Joanna is a technical support specialist here at Plixer. During the work day, Joanna works with customers from all over the world to resolve their tech issues to assure that they are working with the latest and greatest that Plixer has to offer. Joanna may have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in History from the University of Southern Maine but that hasn't slowed her passion for tech and working with it hands on. Outside of work she enjoys video games, living history, gardening, crafting and working with her second home The Brick Store Museum here in Kennebunk.

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