Snmp Network Monitor

Written by Scott Martin
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You'll want to consider the benefits of a SNMP network monitor in order to secure your company's network. SNMP, or Simple Network Management Protocol, allows diverse objects to be managed in a global network management architecture. Essentially, this means that SNMP functions as a set of rules and definitions that your network uses to allow computers to transmit statistics across the Internet.

Why You Need a SNMP Network Monitor

Statistics are the means by which computers keep track of transmissions and measure their functions. For instance, routers will track the number of packets, bytes, and errors that have been transmitted and received on each individual port. Likewise, web servers tend to tally the number of hits they have received, while other equipment might access configuration settings through SNMP.

Because of this, it's highly important to have an independent SNMP network monitor. This allows you to not only log and track SNMP activity, but also to locate the origin of any problems which arise. Each of these informational pieces are stored in a Management Information Base (or MIB).

Each MIB contains various values that can be retrieved and analyzed for each device. These are named by an Object Identifier, or OID. A SNMP network monitor will query a device for the MIB variables, and generate results for you in easy to read English. This ensures that you can identify glitches on your network, and even take preventative measures against them before they happen.

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