A workstation manages and controls a plurality of communication networks using different protocols coupled to a common bus. A programmable digital filter connected between the workstation and the networks examines frame information using real time calculation for identifying protocols in the frames. The filter identifies and counts addresses, security conditions and other information of interest on the bus and occurring in the networks. The protocol, address, security data and other information of interest counted by the filter are stored in storage for access by an interpreter. The stored data for the networks accessed by the interpreter is compared to network models for identification of traffic problems and conditions and load balancing. The network interpreter contains a graphical user interface which displays selected information at a monitor for an operator to examine and initiate corrective action by initiating commands. A microprocessor executes the commands for overcoming the traffic condition or problem occurring on the different networks. The microprocessor is further adapted to initiate load balancing in the networks according to the commands issued by the interpreter.