Cisco switches: Monitor uptime, traffic,
and ports with PRTG
Cisco switch uptime monitoring
Cisco switch traffic monitoring
Cisco switch port monitoring
Network monitoring with SNMP, NetFlow, and IPFIX
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Cisco switch monitoring
- Cisco switch monitoring: 3 common questions
- Cisco Switch Monitoring: These sensors help immediately
- Practical tip: What to look for in Cisco switch monitoring?
- How to monitor Cisco switches: Tips from our knowledge base
- Cisco device monitoring with PRTG: 3 case studies
- Cisco switch monitoring: Which tool is best?
- PRTG is more than just a Cisco switch monitoring tool
Cisco switch monitoring:
3 common questions
How do I troubleshoot Cisco switches?
Cisco switches are known for their failsafe design and stability. But that doesn’t mean they can’t cause problems! A faulty Cisco switch can lead to countless network issues, including damaged CPUs and connection problems. If a malfunction occurs, administrators must be able to step in at once. Cisco switch monitoring allows you to promptly identify errors. It shows you which Cisco switch is to blame so you can immediately take action and prevent more serious problems from arising.
How do I set up Cisco switch monitoring?
Many sysadmins use the command line for quick queries such as whether or not a specific network device (e.g., a Cisco switch) is available. However, professional monitoring goes much further. A professional monitoring tool uses protocols such as SNMP, NetFlow, and IPFIX to keep a constant eye on all your most important network devices. PRTG comes with several SNMP sensors as well as native Cisco sensors. As a result, you can get started with your monitoring at once.
What are the benefits of Cisco switch monitoring?
Among other things, Cisco switch monitoring with PRTG lets you monitor CPU, temperature, uptime, traffic, and ports. With PRTG, you'll monitor all your network devices – regardless of the manufacturer – from one central dashboard. PRTG also comes with a customizable notification system that immediately sounds the alarm in the event of problems.
These sensors help immediately
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.
Cisco switch traffic monitoring
The SNMP Traffic Sensor monitors the incoming and outgoing traffic on your Cisco switch. This sensor lets you keep a constant eye on your traffic.
Cisco switch uptime monitoring
Cisco switch port monitoring
PRTG comes with NetFlow sensors for monitoring the traffic that flows through individual ports. Simply verify the NetFlow version supported by your Cisco switch and choose the appropriate sensor.
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“If you use lots of Cisco switches, then you’ll have to monitor lots of ports. For large networks, I recommend creating at least one active sensor per port for each of your primary switches. This will allow you to monitor all the active ports of a switch, as well as its CPU and RAM. On the other hand, for those network components which are not so important, you can usually get away with using paused sensors instead of actively monitoring each and every port.” Daniel Elsner, PRTG Product Development
Practical tip: “Hey Daniel, I want to monitor the ports of my Cisco switches. Got any suggestions?”
“If you use lots of Cisco switches, then you’ll have to monitor lots of ports. For large networks, I recommend creating at least one active sensor per port for each of your primary switches. This will allow you to monitor all the active ports of a switch, as well as its CPU and RAM. On the other hand, for those network components which are not so important, you can usually get away with using paused sensors instead of actively monitoring each and every port.”
Daniel Elsner, PRTG Product Development
How to monitor Cisco switches: Tips from
our knowledge base
You’ll find the answers to thousands of questions in our PRTG Knowledge Base. Some of these questions deal directly with Cisco monitoring. Here are a few of the best:
- Should I use SNMP, xFlow (IPFIX, NetFlow, sFlow), or packet sniffing for my monitoring? Click here for our comparison of the various protocols.
- Does my Cisco switch support NetFlow export? And if so, which NetFlow version? It all depends on the series. Click here to learn more.
- Ingress vs. Egress? What are the right NetFlow settings? Click here for a comparison.
Cisco device monitoring with PRTG:
3 case studies
“Our biggest concern is network availability. I’ve been using PRTG for almost 10 years, in three different locations. For each location, PRTG is the first software I install. PRTG is intuitive and easy to use. Like all monitoring software, it needs constant fine-tuning. But customizing PRTG is a breeze. And because PRTG is programmable, you can use the software to draw conclusions on any data at your disposal.”
“With Solarwinds, Cacti, and SNMPC, we needed three different monitoring systems to create an overview of all our devices and systems. None of the tools offered a mobile app, which ultimately led us to switch to PRTG. We were thrilled to learn PRTG Network Monitor could replace all three tools, and subsequently were able to save lots of time and money.”
“We were looking for a monitoring tool that offered a slick dashboard with powerful data. Students need to get used to the software they will encounter during their IT careers.”
Cisco switch monitoring: Which
tool is best?
Are you looking for a monitoring tool that only monitors Cisco switches? Or do you want a monitoring tool that can monitor Cisco switches as well as the switches of other manufacturers? Are you only interested in monitoring hardware parameters, or additional parameters such as performance and traffic?
Cisco hardware is used in professional settings. PRTG is used by more than 300,000 system administrators worldwide. Comparisons are a good way to learn more about tools such as PRTG, SolarWinds, and Nagios. Click here for our comparison of these tools.
We let you try PRTG for free with no strings attached. You get access to all the software’s features for 30 full days. After this time, 100 sensors remain free for life. If you have a small network or simply wish to monitor a few Cisco devices, 100 sensors are usually sufficient. For each device, you’ll need around 10 sensors. If you opt for a license, you can upgrade at any time.
PRTG is more than just a Cisco switch monitoring tool
Looking to improve the availability of your network? Uptime monitoring can help. By monitoring uptime, you’ll make sure your devices, cloud applications, and website are available around the clock.
PRTG simplifies your day
Our monitoring software works for you and promptly notifies you of potential issues.
It frees you to concentrate on your day-to-day tasks with peace of mind.
PRTG saves time
With PRTG, you get one central monitoring tool for your servers and entire network. Enjoy a quick overview of your whole infrastructure via our dashboard and app.
PRTG saves worry
Customizing PRTG is a breeze. Getting started or switching from another network monitoring tool is easy thanks to the PRTG auto-discovery and pre-configured device templates.
PAESSLER AG –
- 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
Made in Germany: The PRTG Network Monitoring Tool is the fruit of a dedicated, international team. The company was founded by Dirk Paessler. The Paessler AG headquarters are located in the city of Nuremberg, in the heart of Germany.
A quick overview: PRTG provides a quick overview, whether on your desktop or as an app on your smartphone. An individually configurable dashboard features every key stat in the form of an easy-to-understand graph, so you can always make sure your network is running smoothly.
Easy configuration: Our Smart Setup guarantees a quick and easy setup. During configuration, PRTG will ping your network and create appropriate sensors, saving you a great deal of time. Furthermore, switching from other software such as Nagios is relatively quick and easy.
Outstanding support: Our support team strives to resolve inquiries within 24 hours (on business days). Discover a wide selection of videos, webinars, and instructions in our knowledge base. Our manual is also an excellent resource.
Getting started is easy: The trial version is for free, allowing you to evaluate our monitoring tool with no strings attached. To upgrade, simply search for a suitable license. You can modify your license any time you like.
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