PRTG offers free bandwidth monitoring

  • The first 100 sensors are free and never expire
  • Free bandwidth monitoring
  • Reliable network monitoring

 

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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


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Measuring bandwidth


Many private users want to know if the speed promised by their service providers has actually been delivered. PRTG is professional monitoring software used mainly by companies. These companies rely on PRTG to test their bandwidth. Found out how to test your company’s bandwidth with PRTG. If you’re a private user, this test may be difficult to complete.

 

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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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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If so, then you’re probably faced with one of the following issues...

Resistance from higher-ups

Resistance from higher-ups

As a sysadmin, you’re well aware that the company needs a professional network monitoring solution. But when it comes to the budget, your higher-ups may have other ideas. Or else there’s plenty of money, but getting access to it is too much of a hassle. A hard pill to swallow, yes, but there might just be a way around it. On this page, we'll show you how to make the most of 100 free PRTG sensors. Without risk – or hassle.

Small networks

Small networks

PRTG is used by the IT managers of medium-sized companies. These companies often have extremely complex IT infrastructures. However, even relatively small networks can have their own routers, switches, and workstations. If you have a small network, PRTG can serve as a free bandwidth monitoring tool. With PRTG, the first 100 sensors are free and never expire. And that may be all you need to set up some reliable network monitoring.

Home networks

Home networks

Many sysadmins also have small home networks that they like to outfit with good, professional hardware. At the same time, they usually want to spend as little money as possible on their bandwidth or network monitoring. Some sysadmins test PRTG at home to get a feel for the software. The free 100-sensor version suffices for most small private networks, provided the user possesses the necessary know-how.

A sneak peek at bandwidth monitoring with PRTG

PRTG: what you get for free – and what costs money

Our licenses

Our licenses

PRTG comes in a variety of sizes. Depending on the license, you’ll get a certain number of sensors – from 100 in the free version to several thousand or even unlimited. The first 100 sensors are free and never expire. The software’s alarm function, reports, and updates are included in all versions.

Your network

Your network

To set up professional network monitoring, you’ll need around 10 sensors for each of the devices in your network. This should provide you with a ballpark figure of the total number of sensors you'll need for your entire network. When purchasing any license, be sure to add PRTG technical support to your order.

Your needs

Your needs

In search of basic bandwidth monitoring or comprehensive network monitoring? Looking to monitor your hardware only, or also your applications, cloud services, and website? The more in-depth your monitoring, the faster you’ll get to the root of eventual problems.

How to set up free bandwidth monitoring with 100 sensors

 

Tip

Tip

If you plan on setting up basic monitoring, you’ll want to use the majority of your sensors for those servers, routers, and switches which are most important for the smooth running of your IT infrastructure. Forget about employee workstations for the moment – these components will quickly exhaust your 100 free sensors.


Ping Sensor

Three sensors for getting started 

Ping Sensor

The PRTG Ping Sensor monitors the overall availability of your network devices. It promptly notifies you in the event of malfunctions. Ping monitoring is a fundamental part of bandwidth monitoring, for if a device is unavailable, then traffic cannot pass through it. More on ping monitoring

SNMP Sensor

SNMP Sensor

Create an SNMP Traffic Sensor for all your most important devices (e.g. servers, routers, and switches). With this sensor, you'll immediately see how much traffic is flowing through your network. It also shows you which applications and servers are putting the greatest strain on your bandwidth. For this sensor to work, the monitored device must support SNMP. PRTG comes with separate SNMP sensors for manufacturers such as Cisco, Dell, and HP. More on SNMP monitoring

Packet Sniffing Sensor

Packet Sniffer Sensor

The Packet Sniffer Sensor is ideal for in-depth bandwidth monitoring. It lets you monitor data packets and filter by IP address, protocol, data type, and more. The Packet Sniffer Sensor provides for a precise look at which devices and data are using the most bandwidth. More on packet sniffing

“Hey Gerald, I’d like to try the free 100-sensor version of PRTG. Any tips?”

“The PRTG multi-edit function is useful for deleting several sensors at the same time. First of all, filter your sensors by sensor type. Then select all the sensors you don’t want and delete them in one fell swoop. The multi-edit function helps you save time whenever you wish to lighten up your monitoring.”

Gerald Schoch, technical editor at Paessler AG

Got a few sensors left to spare?
Use them to monitor additional components in your network

CPU, RAM, MEMORY

CPU, RAM, MEMORY

It’s always a good idea to monitor your hardware. CPU, RAM, storage – bottlenecks can creep up in all three, causing devices to overload. With PRTG, you’ll be alerted before your devices crash, and can quickly see if their capacity limits have been exceeded. More on memory monitoring and CPU monitoring

Website monitoring

Website monitoring

How stable is your website? Does it load quickly? Is it accessible by users all over the world? Do errors occur during the order process? PRTG comes with sensors that will answer these questions and more. If your website has a high volume of customer traffic, this monitoring is a must. More on website monitoring and performance monitoring 

Cloud applications

Cloud applications

Many companies make use of a variety of worldwide cloud services, including email, virtual machines, and SaaS solutions. PRTG monitors the availability of each of these services. Found out more about cloud monitoring with PRTG and how you can monitor your virtual servers.

Thinking of going with PRTG?
Here are 3 good reasons to do so

 

Excellent investment

Excellent investment

There’s no doubt about it – PRTG costs money. But as demonstrated by our customer ROI survey, your investment usually pays for itself in no time at all. After all, the costs of crashes, support inquires, and ineffective network management cannot be underestimated. With PRTG, you’ll reduce these costs considerably – or even eliminate them entirely.

➔ To the ROI white paper on PRTG network monitoring software

Provide for wellbeing

Provide for wellbeing

When the IT infrastructure is down, the support hotline can quickly become overloaded. Your coworkers are annoyed because they are no longer able to work. Frustration reigns on both sides. PRTG contributes to a stress-free workplace by allowing you to get to the root of problems before crashes arise.  

Think ahead

Think ahead

PRTG performs long-term network monitoring so you can plan for the future. This is not only helpful for bandwidth, but for your entire network infrastructure. Stop playing catch-up – and start planning your resources with intelligence and efficiency.

Keep a constant eye on your network
– even while 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!

 

Installation tips: how to set up monitoring with 100 sensors

 

Start big

Start big

When you install PRTG, the Auto Discovery function is launched automatically. With Auto Discovery, PRTG searches for available devices within a certain range of IP addresses and sets up an initial monitoring environment. This feature is designed to facilitate the configuration and maintenance of your monitoring.

Weed out

Weed out

If you plan on using the 100-sensor version of PRTG, this means you’ll have to delete most of the sensors created by the Auto Discover feature. See our tips above to find out which sensors are most important for bandwidth monitoring.

200,000 system administrators worldwide
trust our software. Every day.

We have compiled some reviews for you.

 

  • 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

PRTG is worth it: You’ll optimize your entire IT!

The costs for a one-year PRTG license usually pay for themselves within a few weeks.

PRTG improves the reliability of your network

PRTG improves the reliability of your network

PRTG saves network management costs

PRTG saves network management costs

PRTG saves time spent on network management

PRTG saves time spent on network management

ping test

You want to know your ping time?

Then try our FREE ping test and we show you how to fix high ping times e.g. of your website by reducing number of HTTP requests, adding Expires or Cache-Control Header, and utilizing a CDN to reduce latency.

We’ll give you your ping time from 5 locations and help you to improve it.

 

Award winning solution

We work hard on making our software as powerful and easy-to-use
as possible for our customers each and every day.
Of course it makes us proud when we get awards for that.

 

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That’s it? Nope, we’re just getting started!

 

Monitor QoS

Lost video calls? VoIP down yet again? Monitor your quality of service with PRTG to quickly identify loopholes. Packet loss, jitter, latency, mean opinion score – PRTG keeps an eye on all your QoS parameters.

Monitor switches

The smallest network error can wreak havoc on your entire IT infrastructure. Sometimes getting to the root of the problem is like searching for a needle in a haystack – such as when one of your myriad switches goes down. PRTG monitors all the switches in your network.

Monitor files

Log files, event logs, file servers...PRTG monitors each and every file in your network. It lets you monitor individual files, as well as folders and file contents. More on file monitoring with PRTG

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

Over 95% of our customers recommend PRTG

 

Paessler AG worldwide trialled PRTG in over 600 IT departments.
The aim was to tune the network monitoring software closer to the needs of the administrators.
The result of the survey: over 95% of the participants would recommend PRTG - or already had.

Recommend PRTG

PAESSLER AG –
German quality engineering

 

 

 

Free Download
  • 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



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 19.4.54.1506 (November 25th, 2019)

Hosting

Download for Windows and hosted version available

Languages

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Pricing

Up to 100 sensors for free (Price List)

Unified Monitoring

Network devices, bandwidth, servers, applications, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and more

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