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Finding User Sessions

 

This topic describes how to find user sessions on the network. You can search for sessions based on several session attributes. When you find a session, you can view its current and historical bandwidth usage.

This topic describes:

Procedure for Finding User Sessions

  1. Click Monitor in the Network Director banner.

    You can search for user sessions in any tab in Monitor mode.

  2. In the Tasks pane, select Tasks > Find User Session.

    The Search User Session window opens. For information about this window, click the Help button in the title bar of the window or see Search User Session Window.

Search User Session Window

The Search User Session window enables you to search for and view information about user sessions. The search scope is the entire managed network, regardless of which node is selected in the View pane. You can view current and historical session information.

To find user sessions:

  1. Enter search text in the text box. The search looks for the search text in these session attributes:
    • MAC address

    • IP address (IPv4 or IPv6)

    • User name

  2. Click Search.

    The found user sessions appear in a table. See Table 1 for a description of this table.

  3. To view more information about a session, click its table row.

    Detailed information about the session appears. The MAC address appears at the top of the page. The page contains these sections:

    • Current Session Information—Displays information about the current session. Table 2 describes the information shown for sessions connected to the network by a wired connection.

    • Past Session Information—Displays information about the MAC addresses’ past sessions. This information is not shown for sessions connected to the network by a wired connection. You can select the time period to view from the list above the table. Table 3 describes the information shown. You can expand the record of a past session to see more information about it by using the plus and minus buttons in the left column.

  4. When you are done viewing a session’s details, to return to the search results, click Back in the top left corner of the window.

Table 1: User Session Details Table for Found User Sessions

Table Column

Description

MAC Address

MAC address of the connected device.

Client IPv4

IPv4 address of the connected device.

User Name

User name of the connected user.

Session Type

Shows whether the session is connected by wired connection.

Client IPv6

IPv6 address of the connected device.

Link-local

Link-local address.

Table 2: Current Session Information for Found Wired User Sessions

Field

Description

Username

Username of the connected user.

Device IP

IP address of the device.

Authentication Type

Type of authentication used to authenticate the session.

VLAN

Name of the VLAN the session is using.

Device Serial

Device’s serial number.

Port

Port to which the device is connected.

Table 3: Past Session Information for Found User Sessions

Table Column

Description

Session Start Time

Time when the current session started.

Elapsed Time

Length of time the session has been active.

Client IPv4

IPv4 address of the connected device.

Client IPv6

IPv6 address of the connected device.

Link-local

Link-local address.

VLAN

VLAN to which the client is connected.

RSSI

Received signal strength indication (RSSI), in decibels referred to 1 milliwatt (dBm). A higher value indicates a stronger signal.

SNR

Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR),. A measure of the level of a desired signal against the level of background noise, measured in decibels (dB).

RxUniKBytes Value

Unicast bytes received by the session.

RxMultiKBytes Value

Unicast bytes transmitted by the session.

TxUniKBytes Value

Multicast bytes received by the session.

Data Usage (KBytes)

Data transmitted and received by the client, in kilobytes.