Cisco router monitoring
- Cisco router monitoring: 3 key questions
- Screenshots: Cisco monitoring with PRTG
- Monitoring Cisco router traffic
- Monitoring data packets in Cisco routers
- Monitoring the quality of service of Cisco routers
- Monitoring the Internet connection on Cisco routers (ADSL)
- Monitoring Cisco router hardware
- Cisco router monitoring software: Why comprehensive tools are best
- Cisco routers and comprehensive monitoring: 3 case studies
- More on PRTG
Cisco router monitoring: 3 key questions
When it comes to Cisco routers, which parameters can I monitor?
Among other things, you can monitor the availability, network traffic, and quality of service of your Cisco routers. With the right monitoring tool, you'll be notified immediately in the event of errors or disruptions.
What is NetFlow monitoring?
NetFlow is a protocol developed by Cisco to monitor Cisco routers and other Cisco devices. NetFlow lets you analyze your bandwidth and determine which IP addresses, applications, and protocols are generating the most traffic.
How do I choose the right Cisco router monitoring software?
For centralized monitoring, go with a tool that works with the devices of all kinds of different manufacturers. Cisco routers are configured to send NetFlow packets to PRTG. All monitoring data is displayed on a single dashboard. If errors or disruptions occur on a Cisco router (or in your traffic), you'll be notified at once.
Screenshots: Cisco monitoring with PRTG
The PRTG Sensor Hub provides a detailed look at our sensors. Upon installing PRTG Network Monitor, you’ll be able to access all our sensors and features for 30 full days. After this time, you can continue to use up to 100 free sensors for as long as you like.
Monitoring Cisco router traffic
With PRTG, a quick glance is all it takes to check the traffic in your Cisco routers. The SNMP Traffic Sensor displays incoming and outgoing traffic, as well as total traffic.
Monitoring the quality of service
of Cisco routers
In today’s world, video conferencing is used by nearly all companies. And when it comes to video calls, nothing matters as much as the quality of the connection. Our Cisco IP SLA Sensor monitors the quality of service of your network. Among other things, it measures packet loss and jitter.
Monitoring the Internet connection
on Cisco routers (ADSL)
PRTG monitors the various speeds and attenuation values of your ADSL connection. It lets you set your own threshold values, and notifies you if these values are exceeded. As a result, you can make sure you always have enough bandwidth. And thanks to clear-cut PRTG monitoring data, you can easily convince higher-ups of the need for additional resources or upgrades.
Monitoring Cisco router hardware
If you’re a sysadmin, then you’ve probably had to deal with router failure caused by a hardware issue. Perhaps your memory was full or your CPU was overloaded. Some routers heat up in certain situations and shut down automatically. With our Cisco Health Sensor, you can monitor these parameters and more.
IT infrastructure for 5,000 students: Bauhaus University in Weimar monitors its Cisco hardware with PRTG
“Shortly after implementing PRTG, we were able to identify and eliminate performance bottlenecks in our VMware environment and load problems in our network. PRTG also notified us of a malfunctioning hard drive on a Cisco UCS blade server.”
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Cisco router monitoring software: Why comprehensive tools are best
Your entire IT infrastructure at a glance
PRTG is centralized monitoring software. It lets you monitor Cisco devices – as well as the hardware of other manufacturers – from one central machine. Thanks to the PRTG dashboard, you can easily keep a constant eye on your entire network.
A single device error or malfunction can bring the entire IT infrastructure to a halt. As an IT manager, your job is to locate the source of the problem as quickly as possible. This is where PRTG comes in. Our software monitors every piece of hardware in your network.
Thanks to our native sensors, setting up your monitoring environment is both quick and easy. You also get access to numerous custom sensors which can be configured any way you please. Even our reports and notification system are customizable.
Virtual environments at a glance
Many companies use virtualization software and cloud applications, both from VMware and other manufacturers. PRTG monitors each of these services.
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PRTG is used by more than 500,000 system administrators worldwide, in a variety of different industries. IT managers know they can count on PRTG.
Cisco routers and comprehensive monitoring: 3 case studies
A university network
“Greg Graeff and his team are in charge of the data traffic on 50 IBM servers, 125 Cisco and Alcatel switches and routers on 250 IBM desktop PCs in the labs, and the PCs of all faculty and staff.”
IT infrastructure of a housing provider
“UNITE currently uses 7,000+ sensors to monitor its Cisco devices (routers, switches, voice gateways, firewalls), Windows servers (SQL database servers, email servers, file servers, domain controllers, web servers), VMware infrastructure (VMware hosts/SAN infrastructure), and more.”
Network of an IT consulting firm
“Most of our systems are Windows-based, but we also have a few Linux systems and some websites. In total, we use 400 PRTG sensors and 14 remote probes. We monitor bandwidth for 20+ firewalls and a combination of Cisco and Zyxel routers.”
Your Cisco devices at a glance – even while on the go
PRTG is set up in a matter of minutes and can be used on a wide variety of mobile devices.
Practical tip: “Hey Gerald, what would you tell administrators looking to use PRTG as a NetFlow Analyzer?”
“Cisco has continuously developed the NetFlow technology. Administrators must therefore find out beforehand which NetFlow version is supported by their routers and switches. With the right PRTG sensors, setting up NetFlow monitoring is quick and easy.”
Gerald Schoch, technical editor at Paessler AG
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More on PRTG
How does NetFlow monitoring work? Which Flow sensors are available? How can you use PRTG for your NetFlow monitoring? Find the answers to these and other questions on our NetFlow Monitoring page.
In addition to Cisco routers, sysadmins often use Cisco switches and other Cisco products. See our Cisco Monitoring page to learn how to monitor these products with PRTG.
Do you use routers from several different manufacturers? Find out how to monitor them all on our Router Monitoring page.
PRTG: The Swiss Army knife for sysadminsAdapt PRTG individually and dynamically to your needs and rely on a strong API:
- HTTP API: Access monitoring data and manipulate monitoring objects via HTTP requests
- Custom sensors: Create your own PRTG sensors for customized monitoring
- Custom notifications: Create your own notifications and send action triggers to external systems
- REST Custom sensor: Monitor almost everything that provides data in XML or JSON format
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