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THWACK Monthly Mission - January 2018

Level 15

Zoinks! Someone is using up all the bandwidth and causing major slowdowns throughout the whole organization. For this mission, we’re going to need to hop into the whodunit wagon and use Network Performance Monitor (NPM), Network Traffic Analyzer (NTA), and User Device Tracker (UDT) to unmask the inconsiderate bandwidth hog. NPM and NTA combine to form Bandwidth Analyzer Pack, which can detect, diagnose, and resolve network performance issues. UDT allows you to locate users and devices on your network. This groovy trio of network tools will make it easier than ever to stop bandwidth hogs in their tracks.

And they would have gotten away with it, if it weren’t for you meddling THWACKsters!


Use the mission’s resources to complete the tasks and answer the questions for a chance to win!

Correctly answer each question during the week and you'll be entered for a chance to win the weekly prize.

Correctly answer all 20 questions over the course of the month and you'll be entered for a chance to win the grand prize: Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera


Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:

January 15: Phillips Smart Bulb Kit

January 22: CORSAIR Gaming Keyboard & Mouse

January 29: Hyper X Gaming Head Set

February 5: Action Back Pack for GoPro

Grand Prize

February 5: Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera

150 points are being awarded for each correctly answered question. There are 20 questions, which means you can earn a maximum of 3,000 points for this mission.


Complete the mission shortcut to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win a LEGO® Scooby-Doo® the Mystery Machine Building Kit!

The shortcut is simple:
    1. Download Bandwidth Analyzer Pack.
    2. Take a screenshot of the Application Summary Page. (My dashboards> Netflow> Apps)
    3. Submit your screenshot below.

*Bonus round* Earn up to an additional 500 THWACK points for screenshots showing all UDT Nodes - Submit bonus screenshots here


A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on January 8, 2018. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until February 4, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.

Weekly PrizesMonTueWedThuFriWinners
Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by January 14 to be entered to win: Phillips Smart Bulb Kit
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by January 21 to be entered to win: CORSAIR Gaming Keyboard & Mouse
Week 3: Complete questions 11-15 by January 28 to be entered to win: Hyper X Gaming Head Set
Week 4: Complete questions 16-20 by February 4 to be entered to win: Action Back Pack for GoPro

Correctly answer all 20 questions by February 4 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera

Monthly Mission Terms and Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

Mission Shortcut Terms and Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

Level 9

Amazing prizes!!! Starting 2018 missions really well!!

FYI the link to "Hyper X Gaming Head Set" sends me to Just remove the of the link to make it work.


puppy power!!

Level 8

Just a heads up, the Headset link needs a colon adding to it, the correct link is


New Year, New Mission !!

Level 10

I have got to win something this month, building a new house, and want to do some IOT to do... c'mon!!!

Level 11

Not sure if anyone else agrees but the orange text on green background in the questions table is a little difficult to see. I do know that the theme of the website includes those colors so I understand why they were used.

Rah, Raggy, re reed ro re rareful ris ronth! Rose retwork randridth randits ran re reary rasty!  Rooby, Rooby Roo!

Zoinks!  Like, where'd they hide the Scooby Snacks?!

Oh thank god! I needed something to do...

Oh dear . . . just when I was being weaned away from spending so much time on Thwack . . .

Level 12

Thank you for letting us know!

Level 12

Thank you for letting us know!

Level 10

Like the smart home prizes.  Just built a new house and trying to make it smart in every way possible.  Got the Nest Thermostat and getting their video doorbell soon. Now just need the camera to go with it!

Level 20


LOL bandwidth shortage is out of control!!!!!!

Level 9

This exactly what we need at our company. We have NTA but not using it. I don't think the network team knows how to use it.


Yep loving it, i have the ring doorbell that works with the fire stick, Tado thermostat, Hue lights, harmony Hub. Then I got two echo dots for Christmas

So would love the camera and some more lights

Level 14

Happy New Year to everyone

Level 9

First question of the new year. I'm still at 100%!

Level 10

NO... just no. Scrappy Doo is the blurst!

Level 10

If you don't win you could always DIY all the IoT: Instructables IoT

Level 15

Sorry about that! I chose fashion over function for this one.

It's the same headers we use every month: weekly prizes, Monday - Friday, & names of the winners.

Level 9

Let the games begin

The Scooby Doo theme song is fun to play on the guitar! 

          Scooby Doo Where Are You ?

Intro : A Bm E   repeat three times

A                            Bm

Scooby dooby do, where are you

E                                      A

We got some work to do now

A                            Bm

Scooby dooby do, where are you

E                                              A

We need some help from you now

A                                  Bm

Come on scooby doo, I see you

E                                   A

Pretending you got the sliver

A                                          Bm

But you are not fooling me, cause I can see 

E                                     A

The way you shake and sliver


You know we got a mistery to solve


So scooby doo be ready for your act

G                A

Don`t hold back


And Scooby doo if you come through

A5                                                            D          D#     E  E5  F#5  G#5

You`re going to have yourself a Scooby snack

That`s fact

A                              Bm

Scooby dooby doo, here are you

E                    A

You`re ready and you`re willing

A                                   Bm

If we can count on you Scooby doo

E                                    A

I know you`ll catch that villain

Intro : A Bm E   repeat three times

D   A    G   G# A   D            D#        E

A……..a……..a………., A…….a……..a……….a………

Copy write to those that have it!

For educational purposes only. 


Level 10

I decided to go with Google Home as I got a new Vizio TV that uses Chromecast and going with Chamberlain Wi-Fi garage doors.   I have not had a lot of time to get it all going.   Been living out of boxes and working on getting organized before getting it all going.

Level 9

I have the Bandwidth Pack but am too new at this to know which Application Summary you mean exactly... is there an example or a few more tips on how to get there?


Wow, NTA rocks! It's not hard to use. Just configured up the devices to send the netflow data to the Solarwinds server and it does the rest

Level 11

Ok. I must have never noticed then. Thanks for the reply!

Level 20

I still get a kick out of your new avatar every time I see it Radioteacher​!

Level 20

Down in Texas Bandwitdth Hogs are getting so bad even the dogs are freaking out!


A plague of Pigs in Texas!  A Plague of Pigs in Texas | Science | Smithsonian

Some of the hunting dogs like this one wear kevlar vests!!!


A plague of hogs is just about understated...

I have seen a 3 acre site next to camp destroyed(rooted up) overnight...

Level 20

Yeah it really sounds like it's getting out of control and is worse every year.

There’s a saying common to hunters and academics, landowners and government officials—just about anyone in the Southwest:  “There’s two kinds of people: those that have wild pigs and those that will have wild pigs.”


the problem has existed for 20 years I know of....

Level 20

It sounds like they are very very smart animals.  Much smarter than say deer.

Level 12

I think it's more breeding rate than anything else (although they are smart).  They can litter twice a year with anywhere from 1 to a dozen offspring.  They also reach (breeding) maturity at about a year with some sows reaching it well before - at 3 to 4 months.  That makes for a breeding machine that's very difficult to keep up with. 

Deer gestation, for example, is about twice as long (200 days compared to about 114) and produces far less offspring (1 to 3).  Pigs also do a lot more damage as they're rooters rather than browsers/grazers.  So on the annoyance scale pigs win hands down.  On the tasty scale, however, it's a tie. 

I kinda liked my old "gang sign" SW one but it had been around too long.  The current one is nice and positive.


I had my front yard tore up a few years ago by hogs and I live in the 7th largest city in the US.

List of United States cities by population - Wikipedia

Level 10

I am wondering this as well.


Years ago what the problem was rearing its head, farmers and ranchers would pay hunters to take the hogs.

Then they decided to let the hunters hunt them for free..

Then they realized there was a market so they started making people pay to hunt them...

Level 15

Hi Keith, I went ahead and updated the colors, let me know if it's easier to read now.

Level 12

I thought there were some deer outfitters that made you shoot a hog before you could shoot a deer.  Not sure, though.  But yeah, if you want 'em gone don't charge folks.  In most states they're a nuisance animal so there's no season or bag limit.  It's really unfortunate that so many landowners have monetized hunting, though.  Regular folks can't just get permission and go anymore.  It's down to leasing the hunting rights (just like oil and timber).  Sad. 

Now back to your regularly scheduled mission.  Ask yourself, what would Velma and Daphne do?  WWVD&D?


Level 20

I liked that one too!!!

Level 20

I live in the 5th largest and look both the 5th and 7th have gained many people... look at the cities that have lost the most people.  Seems like high taxes and worsening business environment is making people relocate.

Level 17

that's the original color schema


Level 17

mmm, wild hog; But yeah... it's a tough choice against some good venison steaks.

Level 17

I see what you did there...

Acquaintances from Texas have told me that wild pork tastes far superior to farm-raised.  I can't comment from experience, but I did get to taste the difference between raised in a free range and table scraps environment, and indoor grain-fed pork.  The outdoor-raised pork tasted much better than the corn-fed indoor penned-up-forever.

Looks like my copy and paste skills are weak.  Good catch.

Rock on!


One of our former supervisors really knew how to engage her people.  Every day, she gave them "hugs and Scooby Snacks!".  This was a tightly-knit group in a remote location, so don't go raising the "Hostile Work Environment" flag: you'd have to know this person, which I do, to fully appreciate her management style.  It's sad, really, that we have gotten to the point in our society where acts of kindness and empathy are taken to HR and the media as "Sexual Harassment", even years later.  Viva Lake Woebegone!

About the Author
I grew up in Forest Lake, Minnesota in the 1960's, enjoying fishing, hunting, photography, bird watching, church, theater, music, mini-boggan, snowmobiling, neighborhood friends, and life in general. I've seen a bit, have had my eyes opened more than once, and tend not to make the same mistakes twice. Reinventing the wheel is not my preference, and if I can benefit from someone else's experience, that's good all the way around. If someone can benefit from my experience, it's why I share on Thwack.