Difference between WAN Link Manager and WAN Zone report

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This article describes the Data Transfer Traffic usage difference between WAN Link Manager and WAN Zone report.

Go to Network > WAN Link Manager and click the Manage icon next to the IPv4 or IPv6 Gateway to view data transfer graphs related to that Gateway.

These graphs give an insight into the volume of traffic passing through the selected gateway in terms of upload and download network traffic (in MB).

WAN Zone reports are generated under Monitor & Analyze >Reports> Application & Web > User App risks & Usage.

Data Transfer Usages in WAN Link Manager shows Layer 1/ Physical level stats and can be compared against ISP data transfer. 

WAN Zone is the logical entity that works at Layer 3. Based on the traffic passed from a specific firewall rule, the WAN zone graph is generated from the connection. 

Below the statistics of WAN Link, Manager and WAN Zone reports explaining the reason for different Data Transfer traffic usages.

WAN Link Manager statistics:

  • This is the statistics of data transfer at the interface level – that is per physical or virtual gateway
  • This also includes device traffic – pattern and firmware download, license sync. And unknown traffic/ ping that is handled at that interface by the device
  • The device can have multiple interfaces as WAN links and all of them could be in WAN zone. Users can see WAN Link Manager stats per interface, not by zone.

WAN Zone Report statistics:

  • This is the statistics of traffic passed through Firewall rules per Zone
  • Traffic destined towards WAN zone can take one of the multiple WAN Links as defined by load balancing configuration and WAN Link weights/ active-backup configuration

The below logical diagram would also explain the difference between WAN Link Manager and WAN Zone reports.

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[edited by: emmosophos at 6:14 PM (GMT -7) on 4 Oct 2022]