Plixer international offers a number of different services and products for their clients, but one of their most popular and powerful is Scrutinizer. The Scrutinizer program, now in its sixth version, is one of the top programs when it comes to providing data on where website traffic is coming from, what application was used, when the visitor visited the website, and more. Its very useful in determining how much traffic a network is using and when excessive bandwidth is being used.

Scrutinizer makes use of any NetFlow routers or switches to scan a network for open ports and then logs the amount of traffic coming or going from those ports. If you have NetFlow or sFlow (software included on many routers), all you have to do is enable them and Scrutinizer does the rest! No extra software or probes necessary. The color-coded report shows you which routed ports are overloaded and which are nearly free. It shows which protocols users are running or, conversely, the number of protocols and number of users per protocol.

The program contains a number of different options as well. For example, Scrutinizer can be set to save raw data from your network every minute, every few minutes, every hour, every day, or every week. Once you have the raw data recorded, Scrutinizer can give you an amazing number of graphs and other visual reports. These color-coded charts present data in several easy to grasp ways, allowing you to quickly see all peak network times and any periods of excessive bandwidth usage. Plus, Scrutinizer can email any number of users with these reports on a scheduled basis, so you dont even have to manually request the information. If you do want to manually request a report, you can do it from any computer by accessing your networks Scrutinizer website.

As you can see, Scrutinizer really makes, well, scrutinizing your networks traffic incredibly easy. Want another reason to give Scrutinizer a chance? You can download a free version to try out the program before upgrading!


Jake Bergeron is currently one of Plixer's Sr. Solutions Engineers - He is currently responsible for providing customers with onsite training and configurations to make sure that Scrutinizer is setup to their need. Previously he was responsible for teaching Plixer's Advanced NetFlow Training / Malware Response Training. When he's not learning more about NetFlow and Malware detection he also enjoys Fishing and Hiking.