Sunil P. Chitnis - San Jose CA,
Bhimaraju Prasad - Sunnyvale CA,
Foundry Networks, LLC - San Jose CA
The method of the present invention comprises initiating a connection to a port on an access device by a supplicant and associating supplicant identification information with the port. The access device may comprise any network connectivity device, including a wireless access point. Data packets transmitted over the port by the supplicant are statistically sampled as they are transmitted, with each of the sample data packets also associated with the supplicant identification information. The sample data packets are stored according to their associated supplicant identification information in order to perform accounting. The sample data packets, with the supplicant identification information, are sent to a network management system where the data is archived and presented in a human readable form, e. g. , charts, etc.