Network Device Monitoring

    What you are going to learn:

  • Why it's important to monitor network devices
  • Why fast polling is critical for performance monitoring

Monitoring the performance of networking devices such as firewalls, routers, switches and wifi access points is crucial for IT teams. The Device Monitoring feature inside the Obkio Software is a fast and easy solution to get detailed information about the health of network devices. Used with the end-to-end Network Performance Monitoring feature, it helps IT teams pinpoint issues very quickly.



The Device Monitoring feature has three great advantages when compared with other solutions on the market:

Advantage #1: It's easy!
Advantage #1: It's easy!

This means that no technical expertise in SNMP, OIDs or MIBs is required. Add the device that you wish to monitor and the software will get what it needs. No servers are required, all the data is sent to the Obkio Cloud and is available inside the App.

Advantage #2: Performance monitoring with fast polling
Advantage #2: Performance monitoring with fast polling

With Fast Polling (every 60 seconds) and Ultra-Fast Polling (every 30 seconds), the results are far more precise than the traditional software polling, which occurs every 5 minutes. This way, your IT team can quickly detect the short bursts of traffic or CPU utilization that affect network performance and pinpoint the root cause of the performance issue.

Advantage #3: Polling from the agent already inside the network
Advantage #3: Polling from the agent already inside the network

There is no need to establish VPNs between a centralized monitoring server and the LANs where the network devices are located. That's because all the polling is done by the agent that is already inside the LAN, measuring the end-to-end network performance.

Device Monitoring Setup
Device Monitoring Setup

There are only two requirements to start with device monitoring. First, the device must support SNMP. We support all versions of SNMP (v1, v2c and v3) and of course, only a read-only access is needed.

Second, at least one agent (software, hardware or virtual appliance, but not public) must be able to communicate with the device. We always recommend using the agent closest to the device.

Device Creation tutorial

Device Data Upload Buffer
Device Data Upload Buffer

If the monitoring agent is not able to send the device monitoring data to the Obkio Cloud, it will store the data in its memory for up to 8 hours. During that time, it will keep trying to upload the data until it is successful. This delay will be reduced if the monitoring agent detects that the host doesn't have enough memory available.