I have 3 Macs, 1 iPad, and 1 Apple TV (using HD Netflix, mostly).

I need to keep an eye on bandwidth usage. What is the best way to monitor the bandwidth usage (preferably per device) that passes through my Airport Extreme router?



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The Airport Express/Extreme allows monitoring via SNMP if you enable it via the Airport Configuration Utility (version 5.6 ONLY).

Apple removed advanced configuration parameters from Airport Configuration Utility 6.0. Please download a version 5.6 of the utility from Apple’s support page to get a full access to all configuration parameters of your router. SNMP configuration is located under Advanced settings.

From there, ANY snmp polling engine can get traffic as a whole.

You would be hard-pressed to find anything that could differenciate traffic between devices that isn't a real router (Cisco, etc) or custom built Linux box.

I just found this during a quick serach: NetUseApp via iTunes Store allows you to monitor any SNMP device with a pretty interface.

  • If you are running the latest version of OS X you cannot install version 5.6
    – user144282
    Sep 3, 2015 at 18:24
  • That is true @nomad33fw - the installer won't run, but you can bypass the installer and get it to function. Also - it's best to be specific what "latest" means. Some people have pre-release access and as the post ages - latest doesn't mean what it might mean today.
    – bmike
    Sep 3, 2015 at 19:11

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