Paessler PRTG

Scan your hardware
with PRTG!


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    Know the status
    of your hardware

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    Be alerted ASAP when
    your hardware fails

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    Stay on top of
    your system health







What is hardware scanning?

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Hardware scanning is crucial to your infrastructure organization – it’s knowing what hardware you have and if it is functioning correctly. A hardware scanning tool will also tell you when your hardware has failed or is about to fail.


Why do we need hardware scanning?

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Hardware is the first layer in an infrastructure organization – if that fails, then everything else from the servers, to the operating systems, to the applications and the processes fail. Your hardware has multiple possible points for failure and it is too important to reply on a human to check it. Having a monitoring system that scans your hardware at regular intervals is crucial to the survival of your organization. 


Pros to having a hardware scanner:


  • Real time status of your hardware
  • Ability review trends from historic data
  • Ability to react quickly in an emergency
  • Scan both health of the hardware and its performance

Keep a constant eye on your network – even while on the go

Set up PRTG in minutes and use it on almost any mobile device.


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 in one view!


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 i How PRTG defines sensors

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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PRTG uses sensors to make network monitoring easy

PRTG uses sensors to scan or poll your devices through a specific protocol to gather the relevant data. PRTG has multiple vendor specific hardware sensors out of the box that covers monitoring of system health as well as individual components. In addition, we have generic SNMP and WMI sensors. PRTG also allows for the importing of MIB files to extend beyond our out of the box offerings so that additional hardware may be scanned by PRTG. 



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Even more vendor-specific hardware sensors

SNMP Hardware Status sensor

There is also a generic SNMP Hardware Status that can scan and monitor individual components through SNMP if none of our vendor specific sensors match your hardware. 

Several disk sensors

PRTG also includes several vendor specific individual disk sensors such as

as well as several others. 

WMI Vital System Data (V2) sensor

With the WMI Vital System Data (V2) Sensor PRTG can monitor the performance of your vital system parameters.  It can gather metrics such as CPU usage (processor, privileged, user time and queue length), memory (page faults, reads and writes per second as well as committed bytes), and physical disk (time in percent, reads/writes per second and queue length).

SNMP Printer sensor

PRTG can also monitor your SNMP-enabled printer – it can even alert you when your toner is low!


Additional PRTG features


You can even get more detailed hardware scanner information by importing your MIB files into PRTG – you can select all or individual OIDs to get granular monitoring on your hardware!

You can see the full list of our Hardware Parameter Sensors here. 

PRTG offers real time notifications so when components are non-responsive or hit a defined threshold that you set you can be made aware of it as soon as possible. PRTG also has the ability for you to create custom maps/dashboards and reports on your hardware sensors so when your hardware is scanned you can view the data in a variety of ways.


A sneak peek at monitoring with PRTG


We asked: would you recommend PRTG?
Over 95% of our customers say yes!


Paessler AG conducted trials in over 600 IT departments worldwide to tune its network monitoring software closer to the needs of sysadmins.
The result of the survey: over 95% of the participants would recommend PRTG – or already have.


Recommend PRTG


Trusted by 500,000 users and recognized
by industry analysts as a leader


“Fantastic network and infrastructure monitoring solution that is easy to deploy and easier still to use. Simply the best available.”

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“Software is absolutely perfect, Support is superior. Meets all needs and requirements, this is a must have solution if you are needing any form of monitoring.”

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“The tool excels at its primary focus of being a unified infrastructure management and network monitoring service.”

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Create innovative solutions with Paessler’s partners

Partnering with innovative vendors, Paessler unleashes synergies to create
new and additional benefits for joined customers.


baramundi and PRTG create a secure, reliable and powerful IT infrastructure where you have everything under control - from the traffic in your firewall to the configuration of your clients.

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INSYS icom

With the combination of PRTG and Insys, the monitoring specialist Paessler and the industrial gateway manufacturer INSYS icom offer a practical possibility to merge IT and OT.

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Siemon and Paessler bring together intelligent building technology and advanced monitoring and make your vision of intelligent buildings and data centers become reality.

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“Easy to implement and configure with good technical support.”

R. v. S., ICT Manager at Heinen & Hopman Eng BV


PRTG the multi-tool

PRTG: The multi-tool for sysadmins

Adapt 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


Still not convinced?



More than 500,000 sysadmins love PRTG

Paessler PRTG is used by companies of all sizes. Sysadmins love PRTG because it makes their job a whole lot easier.

Still not convinced?


Monitor your entire IT infrastructure

Bandwidth, servers, virtual environments, websites, VoIP services – PRTG keeps an eye on your entire network.



Try Paessler PRTG for free

Everyone has different monitoring needs. That’s why we let you try PRTG for free. Start now with your trial.




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