Cisco network monitoring –
fully integrated with PRTG

 


  • PRTG monitors your Cisco
    devices out of the box


  • PRTG features special sensors designed just for Cisco devices


  • PRTG features special sensors designed just for Cisco devices


  • PRTG increases the security of your network and the quality
    of your service

 

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Look inside your Cisco network with PRTG sensors 

iWhat is a sensor?

In PRTG, “Sensors” are the basic monitoring elements. One sensor usually monitors one measured value in your network, e.g. the traffic of a switch port, the CPU load of a server, the free space of a disk drive. On average you need about 5-10 sensors per device or one sensor per switch port.

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Specially designed sensors for a better look inside your Cisco network

Cisco offers powerful solutions in several areas, from network management and unified communication to routing and switching management. By professionally monitoring Cisco-related parameters, you can exhaust all the possibilities – at no extra charge. Remaining true to our “all-inclusive” philosophy, we have also provided access to all Cisco sensors in the PRTG freeware version. Simply activate the sensors and get started with monitoring Cisco devices.

Effortlessly obtain an overview of the system status, find out all there is to know about a device status and your network hardware like routers or switches, gain valuable information on traffic, connections, and users, and get help making service management decisions. With PRTG, you’ll guarantee system health, high performance, connection stability, and application security in your Cisco networks.

Part of the Cisco ecosystem, Paessler has developed sensors especially for Cisco devices. Additional sensors use Cisco-specific NetFlow technology for traffic monitoring. From ADSL to VPN connections, all the way to Voice over IP applications: PRTG ensures the quality of your service.

With PRTG, everyone can work with peace of mind.

 



We expect only the best – and are therefore a Cisco Solution Partner


We’re a registered Cisco Solution Partner. According to Cisco,
“Paessler simplifies the overall Cisco technology portfolio with products
that are proven compatible with Cisco and share Cisco’s high customer service expectations.”

 

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Unlimited version of PRTG for 30 days. After 30 days, PRTG reverts to a free version.
Or, you can upgrade to a paid license anytime.

 

Cisco performance monitoring:
Keep an eye on routers, switches, and ports

Cisco router monitoring


Cisco routers are extremely stable and offer high levels of security. No wonder so many sysadmins like to use Cisco routers for their networks. These devices are primarily used at companies. With PRTG, you can easily monitor your Cisco routers with NetFlow or SNMP.

Cisco switch monitoring


Also extremely popular: Cisco switches. Switches, however, are often the bottlenecks in a network. If a Cisco switch malfunctions or becomes overloaded, the entire network can suffer. Professional switch monitoring is therefore a vital part of network monitoring. If problems arise, you’ll be alerted automatically.

Cisco port monitoring


Many sysadmins search for a monitoring tool just for their Cisco ports. They want to find out if their Cisco ports are working properly, as well as determine how much (and which) traffic is flowing through the ports. PRTG uses NetFlow, SNMP, and packet sniffers to monitor open and closed Cisco ports.

Cisco QoS at a glance


Looking to monitor the quality of service of your Cisco devices? PRTG has developed a sensor that can do so. The SNMP Cisco CB QoS Sensor uses data from Cisco’s Class-Based Quality of Service.

Cisco IP SLA monitoring


If you have a Cisco device that supports IP SLA, then you can use a preconfigured PRTG sensor for your Cisco IP SLA monitoring. As a result, you can monitor your service level agreements and in turn, your quality of service.

 

A quick introduction to PRTG:
Cisco monitoring
 

 

Get started at once: 
Many Cisco sensors are predefined in PRTG

PRTG lets you take advantage of a wide variety of predefined Cisco sensors which means less time for configuration.
You can also create individual Cisco sensors with just a few clicks. Some examples:

Cisco IP SLA
Sensor

Quality of service monitoring, e.g. the monitoring of VoIP applications, which are especially prone to data delays and losses

SNMP Cisco ADSL
Sensor

ADSL statistical monitoring

SNMP Cisco CBQoS
Sensor

Data monitoring according to categories of traffic before and after the introduction of new rules for improving the quality of service

SNMP Cisco ASA VPN Traffic/
Connections/User

Monitor Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections

IPFIX, NetFlow 9, and
NetFlow 5 Sensors

Sensors for traffic monitoring in networks with Cisco’s NetFlow technology


Discover more predefined sensors for monitoring your network devices, performance, and uptime here.

 

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Unlimited version of PRTG for 30 days. After 30 days, PRTG reverts to a free version.
Or, you can upgrade to a paid license anytime.

 

Your Cisco network at a glance
– even on the go

PRTG can be started within minutes and it's compatible with many mobile devices.

 

PRTG comes with all the features you need, plus more your IT infrastructure won't want to live without.

 

PRTG monitors these vendors and applications, and more, in one view!

 

 

Cisco Monitoring:
Why PRTG is the right choice!

 

Quality enhanced by membership in a developer network

Member of the Cisco Developer Network, PRTG provides custom-fit sensors for your Cisco network so you can always be on the safe side.

No additional
costs for Cisco
sensors

Many software companies charge additional fees for Cisco sensors. But thanks to our “all-inclusive” philosophy, you can use any sensors you please, even in the freeware version.

Easy VoIP
benchmarking


Because they are especially prone to data delays and losses, certain parameters are pre-calculated right from the analysis stage (e.g. ICPIF, MOS). This makes it possible for benchmarking to be performed directly, without additional calculations.

Complete quality
assurance monitoring


By merging all relevant parameters in just a few sensors, you can easily measure the service quality of your Cisco network and use your findings to make sound decisions.

High-performance
monitoring via
SNMP

Using SNMP technology (if possible and if it makes sense to do so), parameters can be gathered such as statistics on CPU usage and the ADSL connections of your Cisco router under minimal bandwidth consumption.

Overview of
all IPsec VPN
connections

For those Cisco devices with Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA), you get an easy-to-read overview of traffic, users, and IPsec-secured VPN connections. Which users are online and offline? Finding out is a cinch with the PRTG sensors.

Quick creation of multiple sensors for VPN connections

By activating the ASA VPN sensors, you can quickly set up additional VPN connections for monitoring. This frees you up from having to create a separate sensor for each individual connection.

System health
at a glance


With PRTG you get a clear and reliable overview of all necessary values, including temperature, CPU load, power supply, and available memory.

Perfect compatibility with Cisco NetFlow technology

Six sensors help high-traffic networks monitor their data traffic and ensure high network performance. The sensors, both in their standard and customizable versions, are compatible with NetFlow protocols IPFIX, NetFlow 9, and NetFlow 5.

Automatic
notifications


Should an error occur or one of your self-defined thresholds be exceeded, you’ll be notified immediately, wherever you happen to be.

Automation for a lighter workload


With the sensors and notifications of PRTG, you no longer need to take the time to check each and every device manually.

Better network
security


Thanks to our Cisco-specific sensors and extremely clear-cut monitoring, you’ll be quicker to spot security loopholes in your Cisco devices.

 


An IT infrastructure for 5,000 students:
Bauhaus University in Weimar monitors its Cisco hardware with PRTG

“Soon after implementing PRTG, we were able to identify and eliminate load problems in our network and performance bottlenecks in our VMware environment. PRTG also notified us of a malfunctioning hard drive on a Cisco UCS blade server.”

Steffen Ille, Director of the IT Infrastructure Department To case study (German)

 

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and recognized by industry analysts as a leader

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This is how Cisco monitoring with PRTG works

 

Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is the easiest way to monitor your network. Network and CPU loads are minimal; an analysis with regard to protocol or an IP address however is impossible. We use this protocol whenever we can to enjoy the most efficient of monitoring.

NetFlow is a Cisco technology in which bandwidth usage is determined within a device and collectively transmitted to PRTG. Bandwidth consumption, therefore, is minimized. NetFlow offers a higher degree of detail (e.g. per network protocol/IP address) than SNMP, and because of its low consumption is ideal for cisco networks with a large amount of traffic.

 

iBandwidth is measured as the amount of data that can be transferred from one point to another within a network in a specific amount of time. Typically, bandwidth is expressed as a bitrate and measured in bits per second (bps). It refers to the transmission capacity of a connection and is an important factor when determining the quality and speed of a network.
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Cisco network monitoring tools:
3 short comparisons
 

Comparison I:
PRTG vs. Cisco Prime

Cisco offers its own monitoring software called “Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module.” But many sysadmins manage IT infrastructures that have developed over several years and contain hardware from a variety of manufacturers. PRTG incorporates the technology you’ll need to monitor the hardware of several different manufacturers. All monitoring data comes together on an easy-to-read dashboard.

Comparison II:
PRTG vs. Nagios

A variety of open-source software (such as Nagios) is available for Cisco monitoring (see in-depth comparison). Open-source software is usually cheaper in the short run. But its setup can be considerably more difficult. And more often than not, open-source software lacks important functions that you’ll have to integrate later. PRTG is easy to set up and all-inclusive, and even comes with a fantastic technical support team who usually answer your inquiries within 24 hours on weekdays.

Comparison III:
PRTG vs. SolarWinds

PRTG comes with over 200 pre-configured sensors. Among these are sensors for your hardware, bandwidth, website, and server. Check out our sensor list page for details. Sensors make getting started with PRTG - or switching from other monitoring software - both easy and convenient. And in general, setup takes no time at all - even for complex infrastructures. Our Smart Setup scans your network during the installation process and configures some initial monitoring as a starting point. Whether you want to monitor IP addresses or your complete network - PRTG is the tool of your choice.

 

FAQ: Cisco monitoring


When do I use SNMP, Flow, or packet sniffing? Which filter rules can I apply? How should I configure my Cisco devices to provide for the smoothest possible monitoring? Find the answers to these and other questions in our knowledge base. While there, why not have a look around?

 
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Also interesting:

 

Cisco Network Monitoring Tools like Cisco Network Assistant can often only monitor either a specific part of the network or specific devices. PRTG is an All-in-One Monitoring tool with lots of other features like:

Fortinet Monitoring: Check the status of your Fortinet products and get alerts as soon as your Fortinet solution identifies a security risk.

Storage Monitoring: PRTG checks your hard disks and displays all memory capacities on one dashboard. Monitoring of NAS devices or Storage Area Networks (SAN) is also possible.

Data Center Monitoring: Data centers are the heart of every IT infrastructure. PRTG monitors your data center 24/7, ensures high performance and avoids bottlenecks and outages.

 

PRTG: The swiss army knife for sys admins

Adapt PRTG individually and dynamically to your needs relying on a strong API:

  • HTTP API: Access monitoring data and manipulate monitoring objects using HTTP requests
  • Custom Sensors: Create your own sensors for customized monitoring
  • Custom Notifications: Create your own notifications to send alarms to external systems
  • New REST API Sensor: Monitor almost everything that provides XML or JSON

 

PAESSLER AG –
German quality
engineering

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Most administrators want to test a tool for free before deciding to make an investment.


The many advantages of PRTG:

1. Free trial version: Take the time to explore PRTG so you can determine if it satisfies your needs and meets your expectations. Once the trial is over, it’s easy to upgrade your already configured version of PRTG, which means you’re much less likely to make an incorrect purchase.

2. One tool, one overview: Administrators often use a variety of monitoring solutions for their network or for the individual components of their infrastructure. But using several different tools every time you want to create an overview costs time and energy. PRTG is an “all-in-one” solution. Our dashboard and app provide a comprehensive overview, whenever you want it.

3. Quick customer support: Got a question? Stuck on a problem and need a hand? PRTG is backed by a dedicated development and support team. We do our utmost to answer every customer inquiry within 24 hours (on business days). Browse all our support topics here.

Configure your PRTG today. The trial version is free of charge. Save time, worry, and money with our monitoring tool designed for your network and entire infrastructure.

 

PRTG

Network Monitoring Software - Version 20.3.62.1397 (September 15th, 2020)

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