By default, NetBIOS traffic is broadcast-based, which is why you're seeing higher traffic than you think are normal. Install a WINS server for name resolution, and configure your network clients to point to it instead of using broadcasts. This will create point-to-point name resolution traffic, rather than continuous broadcasts.
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