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The Pulse also has some valuable functionality for providing Charts on device performance, Reports on overall network performance, and a neat feature to enable Remote Access to internal devices.
For example, below is a chart on average network utilization on my WAN link over a 24-hour period (Figure 9). This data was generated using the SNMP monitoring functionality on the main router. I configured the Pulse to send this report to my email address.
You can see from this report that the peak bandwidth utilization is between 272 and 363 Kbps. With a 5 Mbps connection, there is obviously a lot of bandwidth remaining. For a business wondering whether to upgrade to a faster connection, this is a useful measurement tool to determine if the upgrade is truly warranted.
Figure 9: An SNMP monitoring chart of average network utilization
The Pulse can also be configured to provide a summary report on overall network performance on various intervals. Below is a screen shot of the Pulse Dashboard showing a 24-hour report on overall network performance (Figure 10).
In this report, the Pulse provides total times of device warning and panic conditions, as well as response and resolution times. Also of interest, the Pulse assesses a composite score of 0–100 for your network for the reported period. This is a handy relative measurement on overall network performance, and useful for communicating network status to non-technical personnel. This report can be viewed via the Dashboard, as well as received via email.
Figure 10: The daily report on overall network performance
A surprising feature of the Pulse is Remote Access. Through the Dashboard, you can configure Remote Access to devices on your LAN. This is a handy tool that could be very timely while off site and receiving alarms or notifications on your network.
For example, using this functionality, you can access the web configuration page of your router, even if you haven't enabled WAN access. This is accomplished through the Pulse's secure connection to the Belkin web service.
As you can see below, remote connections can be configured for SSH, HTTPS, HTTP, KVM IP, or Other (Figure 11). Upon selecting the type and clicking apply, you are presented with a URL mapping your internal network device to a public web site. For security purposes, the connection automatically times out after 60 minutes or can be manually canceled at any time.