Why choose PRTG IP scanner software?
Why use PRTG as an IP scanner?
Know what's happening in your
IP address range with PRTG
Paessler PRTG comes with a comprehensive auto-discovery feature that scans the private IP address range in the subnet of your PRTG server during installation. All devices that are available in this IP range are automatically added to your monitoring setup. Later, you can start the automatic search in other subnetworks as well.
With the IP scanner PRTG, you can see at a glance which devices are available in your LAN and start monitoring them right away.
Use the PRTG Ping sensor to ping the IP address of a device and see if it is reachable over your network. In case a device cannot be reached and is not available any longer, PRTG immediately displays an error message and sends a notification to your IT team so you can react quickly.
With PRTG, you can work with peace of mind knowing that if there is no alert, all your systems are running smoothly. More about ping monitoring
Monitor the headers of data packets that pass a local network card with the Packet Sniffer sensor and filter them for IP addresses to identify the top talkers in your network.
With the PRTG IP sniffer, you can always see which devices are responsible for the header traffic in your network. More about packet sniffing
You get numerous pre-configured SNMP sensors in PRTG, including ones for manufacturers such as Cisco, Dell, or HPE. To monitor traffic that flows through your network, use the SNMP Traffic sensor and check if there is high traffic that originates from specific IP addresses.
With IP traffic monitoring in PRTG, you can identify top talkers in your network. More about network traffic analysis
How PRTG defines sensors
In PRTG, sensors are the basic monitoring elements. One sensor usually monitors one measured value in your network, for example 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. View video
PRTG is compatible with all major vendors & manufacturers
The PRTG advantage: IP scanner & network monitor in one solution
Other IP scanners:
Basic network scan
Some system administrators settle for a separate IP scanning tool for a quick check of their network, such as Angry IP Scanner or Advanced IP Scanner.
However, while such IP scanners let you scan devices on your LAN, they are limited in how they can be used and do not offer the functionalities of PRTG.
PRTG: IP scanner &
network monitor all in one
PRTG does not only offer IP network scanning but comprehensively monitors your entire IT infrastructure as well. If there are disruptions or even system failures, you are immediately notified via customizable real-time alerts so that you can troubleshoot the issue as quickly as possible.
The benefits of PRTG network scanning
- Visualize everything at a glance
- Get access on multiple platforms
- Custom dashboards on-the-go
- Video tutorials & webinars
- Support available 24 hours a day
- Extensive Knowledge Base
- Save time and costs
- Benefit from a high ROI
- Permanently increase reliability
Visualize your data in real time with the IP scanning tool PRTG
Diagnose network issues by continuously monitoring all your servers and hosts. Show server status in real time and visualize data in graphic maps & dashboards to more easily identify problems. Gain the visibility you need to troubleshoot server issues and prevent downtime.
Your IP address scanner at a glance – even on the go
PRTG is set up in a matter of minutes and can be used on a wide variety of mobile devices.
Manual one-time ping command
- The Ping command is a helpful problem-solving tool
- Ping any IP address using the command line and the command "ping IP ADDRESS"
- Use the ping command to check if a target device is available
- Has to be done manually
- Has to be done individually for each device
PRTG: Automatic IP scanning solution
- Keep a constant eye on your entire network
- Ping the IP addresses of all your network devices automatically
- Benefit from the auto-discovery feature of PRTG that scans your network and automatically creates an initial monitoring setup
- Visualize your IP monitoring data in customizable dashboards
- Receive real-time alerts in case of an issue, for example, if a device is down and not reachable anymore
Remote network scanning & monitoring
PRTG meets the demands of distributed networks
Many system administrators are in charge of remote networks. These networks can be distributed across several buildings as well as entire cities, regions, and countries.
IT managers need a tool that offers centralized network scanning as well as remote network monitoring so they can be notified if a problem occurs at a specific location.
PRTG is such a remote network scanning tool.
Setting up remote probes in PRTG for distributed monitoring
PRTG comes with different types of probes:
- The local probe is automatically set up on your local server when you install PRTG Network Monitor.
- The hosted probe corresponds to the local probe when you use PRTG Hosted Monitor.
- Remote probes need to be installed in distributed networks to access, scan, and integrate these networks into the centralized monitoring of PRTG.
All data that remote probes send to the local probe or the hosted probe is secured with SSL/TLS. What's more: It only takes one click to set up a remote probe.
Other ways to scan & monitor your network with PRTG
Which ports are open or closed? How much network traffic runs via which ports of routers, switches, and other devices? With PRTG as a port scanner, you can benefit from comprehensive port monitoring round the clock.
Servers are the backbone of any IT infrastructure. Monitor aspects like the hardware health, CPU, or memory of your mail servers, database servers, web servers, virtual servers, and many more with PRTG server monitoring.
Whether during a LAN inventory, a network upgrade, or the calculation of your network costs – always use a network scan with PRTG as the basis for a complete overview of your IT infrastructure.
Do you want to monitor your network remotely? With PRTG, you can set up remote probes to monitor your distributed networks and collect all monitoring data in a central overview.
PRTG helps you to improve network security by identifying weak spots and loopholes. In case there is any unusual activity in your infrastructure, you are immediately alerted and can check if there is a security incident.
PRTG: The multi-tool 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
3 use cases for IP scan tools
You have a new job as a sysadmin
- Get a quick overview of your entire IT infrastructure
- Establish a network inventory for better planning of hardware resources
- Instantly monitor all available network devices
Your company is moving
- Check reachable network devices at a new location
- Check how devices are connected with each other via routers and switches
- Quickly set up the new network structure
You want to increase security
- Protect your LAN from cyber attacks
- Monitor open ports and other potential weak spots
- Detect private devices connected to the LAN without prior agreement
“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, release manager at Paessler AG
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, release manager at Paessler AG
“Easy to implement and configure with good technical support.”
R. v. S., ICT Manager at Heinen & Hopman Eng BV
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PRTG makes your job easier
Our monitoring software frees you to focus on other tasks by promptly notifying you of potential issues.
PRTG gives you one central monitoring tool for your servers and entire network. Enjoy a quick overview of your whole infrastructure via our dashboard and app.
Getting started with PRTG is a breeze. Setting up or switching from another network monitoring tool is easy thanks to the auto-discovery and pre-configured device templates.
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.
“First, PRTG gives us the insight we need, telling us what is happening across our global network at any given moment. Second, the improved insight has increased our availability.“
Jonathan Hoppe, Co-Founder of Total Uptime // Read case study
FAQ: IP scanning
Find answers to some of the most common IP scanning & monitoring questions below.
An IP address (internet protocol address) is a numerical representation that uniquely identifies a specific interface on the network. IP addresses are binary numbers that are typically expressed in decimal form (IPv4) or hexadecimal form (IPv6) to make reading and using them easier for human beings.
When you perform an IP address scan, you can see the devices that are available in your LAN within a specific IP address range. There are various tools for IP scans that use different scanning techniques.
There are many IP scanners available online that come as both freeware and paid software alike. When you compare different IP scanning tools, you should consider the following aspects:
- If you want an open-source or a commercial solution
- The pricing for commercial solutions
- The size of your network and the operating systems you use
- How deep and detailed your network scan should be
- The feature set that is offered in addition the IP scan
Yes, you can. Many system administrators run an IP address scan to discover hidden devices, that is, devices which are not officially part of the network. Shadow IT can be a huge risk factor with regards to network security, as unknown devices can be used as the basis for a network attack.
For home networks, we recommend basic open-source IP scanners, as PRTG is designed for companies. It is too powerful and often too complex for a private network at home. However, if you have the necessary skills, you can use our freeware edition that includes 100 PRTG sensors for monitoring your network at home.
Subnets are independent networks within an IP network. They use subnet masks to merge several successive IP addresses. A standard (RFC 950) is used to classify IP networks and subnets.
Upon installing PRTG, the software automatically performs a network scan of the subnet in which the PRTG server is located. Later, you can also perform this scan on other subnets in your LAN or in remote networks.
PRTG itself runs on Windows or you use our cloud-based PRTG product. However, as a cross-platform network monitoring tool, PRTG of course monitors Linux and macOS systems as well.
On the Internet, you’ll also find free IP scanners such as Nmap, which was originally developed for Linux.
In PRTG, “sensors” are the basic monitoring elements. One sensor usually monitors one measured value in your network, for example the traffic of a switch port, the CPU load of a server, or the free space on a disk drive.
On average, you need about 5-10 sensors per device or one sensor per switch port.
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