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Features: Automatic Activity Reports

LAD generates reports every eight hours, giving you an overview of your network traffic, plus individual graphs on bandwidth usage for each device on your network and each network interface on LAD. You may also generate interim reports on demand.

LAD offers two types of reports, IP reports and MAC reports. The IP activity report generates using the data from the Internet port (designated in the interface as port 1) and is great for giving a birds-eye view of Internet activity. It accounts for every packet, as well as identifying servers, domain names and upload/download ratios. The upload/download ratios can be useful in identifying whether devices are either receiving or sending out too much data, and to whom.

The MAC reports generate for every port other than the Internet port and it is unique in that it gives visibility into which MAC addresses (which generally correspond to different computers and other networked devices) were active during the period that the port covers. The MAC report also identifies which IP addresses correspond to the individual MAC addresses. Tracking MAC addresses is extremely useful when monitoring business networks, as it provides a way to discover whether someone surreptitiously connected or disconnected any devices.

To create the 8-hour activity reports, LAD checks every packet during the eight-hour period on every port and creates a list of all the IP addresses and MAC addresses used during the report's duration, as well as associating the MACs to their IP addresses. It is very convenient for debugging and troubleshooting, particularly on larger networks, as well as for keeping track of any new devices that may pop up. Keeping track of devices is particularly useful for making sure you don't become afflicted with shadow IT or have to continually chase after sneaky BYOD. Because the reports are generated automatically on eight hour intervals, you can cycle through them as needed to keep track of the appearance and disappearance of devices and see how they move around the network.

Other LAD Features

  • Lateral Firewall: Thousands of sophisticated rules let you control specifically what is allowed and what is not allowed, down to as granular a level as you like, with device-specific, date-specific and time-specific variability [read more].
  • Date & Time Scheduling: Want your computer to disconnect at the end of the day, when you do? LAD's scheduling features let you cut off Internet access partially or fully on a schedule of your choosing [read more].
  • LateralDNS: Simplify and streamline the blocking of unwanted online content and services using domain names for consistent and reliable results [read more].
  • Packet Capture: LAD's packet capture feature lets you capture as much or as little of the Internet and network traffic as you like. This information comes in handy should a network incident require investigation [read more].
  • NAT: Network address translation obscures private/internal IP addresses from the public internet, so that only the Internet-facing IP address is used for communications leaving the private/internal network.
  • DNS: LAD's DNS services monitor and control domain name resolution with no intermediaries, making you impervious to DNS-based exploits and vulnerabilities [read more].
  • Switching & Routing: LAD provides switching and routing services, meaning you can plug all of your devices directly into your LAD without an intervening switch or router.
  • Local Access Control: Locally you can limit which devices on the network can talk to each other and with the Internet, as well as specify the types of communications allowed [read more].
  • Automatic Activity Report: LAD generates reports every eight hours, giving you an overview of your network traffic, plus individual graphs on bandwidth usage for each device on your network.
  • LateralTime: Use LAD's LateralTime feature to sychronize the devices on your network to the same time.

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