The PRTG IP monitoring advantage: 4 handy use cases
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.
Automatically discover new network devices
Paessler PRTG makes it easy for you to take stock of your IT infrastructure. It automatically discovers all network devices within a specified IP address range and adds them to your monitoring setup. This way, you can not only save lots of time, but also find out if there are devices connected to your network that should not be there at all.
Check if your network devices are reachable
If you want to see if your devices are reachable over the network or the internet, just use the Ping or the Cloud Ping v2 sensors in PRTG. These sensors ping the IP address of a device and immediately notify you if the device is not available as expected. This way, you can react as quickly as possible and fix the issue before it becomes business critical.
Identify the top talkers in your network
With our Packet Sniffer and Flow (NetFlow, jFlow, sFlow, IPFIX) sensors, you can easily identify bottlenecks in your network while keeping an eye on network security at the same time. These sensors break down and visualize network traffic by IP address, port, or protocol so that you can pinpoint the IP addresses that consume the most bandwidth in your LAN at a quick glance.
Keep an eye on correct name resolution
Measure the response time of your DNS server and make sure that it is protected against attacks over the internet using the DNS v2 sensor. This sensor resolves domain name records and compares them to a filter. This way, you can make sure that no one has compromised the DNS cache to redirect employees or customers to malicious websites, for example.
What IP monitoring looks like in PRTG
Diagnose network issues by continuously pinging the IP addresses of your network devices. Show traffic by IP address in almost real time and visualize data in graphic maps & dashboards to identify problems more easily. Gain the visibility you need to troubleshoot IP monitoring issues.
Benefit from comprehensive IP traffic monitoring
As an administrator, you want to keep a close eye on your network traffic. And for good reason: one single IP address can use up so much bandwidth that this might ultimately have negative consequences for your entire IT infrastructure. Thanks to our IP monitoring tool PRTG, you will prevent traffic problems over the long term and thus optimize the performance of your network.
Overview of total network traffic
How much traffic passes through your network in total? The SNMP Traffic sensor shows you, for example, the total amount of traffic as well as the incoming and outgoing traffic on your network devices.
Does the Christmas season put added pressure on your online store? With the PRTG IP monitoring solution, you can identify weekly, monthly, and seasonal fluctuations in your network traffic. You'll see how traffic develops over longer periods of time and take measures to adapt bandwidth capacities accordingly.
Detailed traffic by IP address
You can also have a look at your network traffic in greater detail. Via Packet Sniffing, with NetFlow sensors for Cisco devices, or with other flow technologies like sFlow or jFlow, you can analyze your traffic more precisely and fine-tune your IP monitoring.
The sensors display the amount of mail and web traffic, the traffic generated by file transfers or chat protocols, and much more. Where does such data come from? Who is the recipient? Which protocols are used? You can find an answer to all these questions using our IP traffic monitor.
3 reasons why PRTG is the right IP monitoring tool for you
Create your own network visualizations
Always know what’s going on in your network – either by looking at the central dashboard that shows your infrastructure as a hierarchical device tree, or by creating custom maps and dashboards with our easy-to-use drag-and-drop editor.
PRTG uses a simple traffic lights system to warn you (yellow), alert you (red), or show you that everything is working just fine (green). This way, you can see at a quick glance if there is an issue that needs your attention.
Receive custom alerts and notifications
With PRTG, you can easily set custom warning and error thresholds that suit your individual monitoring requirements. Define, for example, notification triggers to make sure that the right team is informed as soon as a threshold is exceeded.
In addition, choose from various communication channels such as email, SMS, Teams message, push notification, and more. This way, you can rest assured that if PRTG doesn’t alert you, there’s no issue to solve.
Get started quickly with built-in sensors
PRTG comes with over 250 preconfigured sensors for monitoring your network devices from the most popular manufacturers as well as your entire IT infrastructure out-of-the-box.
Choose the sensors that you need for your specific requirements – no matter if you want to keep an eye on your on-premises or cloud environment, your server hardware or virtual servers, your websites, and much more.
PRTG can do more than IP monitoring for you
Monitor your VPN connections and measure network traffic, load, and the number of logged-in users. Identify connection problems and suspicious traffic before they cause real trouble for your customers or colleagues.
PRTG is compatible with all major vendors and manufacturers
Your IP check at a glance – even on the go
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Oliver Jähn, IT Manager at the University of Bonn
“For us, PRTG Network Monitor is the most effective tool for monitoring our IT infrastructure in the long run.”
Oliver Jähn, IT Manager at the University of Bonn
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IP monitoring: FAQ
IP stands for Internet Protocol and describes a set of standards and requirements for creating and transmitting data packets, or datagrams, across networks. In the OSI model, the Internet Protocol (IP) is considered part of the network layer. IP is traditionally used together with a higher-level protocol, most notably TCP (Transmission Control Protocol). The IP standard is governed by RFC 791.
IP is designed to work over a dynamic network. This means that it must work without a central directory and that it cannot rely upon specific links or nodes that already exist. IP is a connectionless protocol that is datagram oriented, so each packet must contain the source IP address, destination IP address, and other data in the header to be successfully delivered.
An IP address (Internet Protocol address) is a numerical representation that uniquely identifies a specific interface on the network. IP addresses are binary numbers but are typically expressed in decimal form (IPv4) or hexadecimal form (IPv6) to make reading and using them easier for humans.
With both IPv4 and IPv6, remembering the IP address of every device is not really possible. Name resolution provides a way to associate an IP address with a more descriptive name. On the internet, name resolution is handled by the Domain Name System (DNS). With DNS, a name in the format host.domain can be used in place of the destination’s IP address.
There are two versions of IP in use today, IPv4 and IPv6. IPv4 addresses are 32-bit binary numbers that allow for a maximum of 4,294,967,296 (2³²) unique IP addresses. They are written as follows: 126.96.36.199
IPv6 was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to create a greater IP address space for all devices connected to the internet. In addition, there were changes to improve the efficiency of IP packet headers as well as improvements to routing and security.
IPv6 uses 128-bit addresses, which allows for 3.4 x 1038 (2128) unique IP addresses. They are written in hexadecimal format: 2DAB:FFFF:0000:3EAE:01AA:00FF:DD72:2C4A
IP monitoring tools, also known as IP trackers or IP address monitoring tools, are software applications or online services that is used to monitor and track IP addresses. An IP address is a unique numerical identifier assigned to each device connected to a computer network.
IP monitoring tools are commonly used by network administrators, security professionals, website owners, and individuals concerned about their online privacy and security. By monitoring and tracking IP addresses, these tools enable proactive management, security enhancement, and troubleshooting of network-related issues.
IP monitoring tools provide various functionalities and capabilities to monitor and track IP addresses. Some common features of IP monitoring tools include:
- IP address tracking: These tools can track the IP addresses of incoming and outgoing network connections, allowing you to identify the source and destination of network traffic.
- IP address changes: They can monitor changes in IP addresses associated with specific devices or network connections. This can be helpful in identifying dynamic IP address assignments or detecting unauthorized changes.
- Security & threat detection: IP monitoring tools often include features for detecting and monitoring potential security threats, such as unauthorized access attempts, suspicious activities, or malicious IP addresses. They can help identify potential vulnerabilities and protect against cyberattacks.
- Historical data & reporting: These tools may maintain historical records of IP addresses and network activities, allowing you to analyze trends, generate reports, and investigate past incidents.
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
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The result of the survey: over 95% of the participants would recommend PRTG – or already have.
Paessler PRTG is used by companies of all sizes. Sysadmins love PRTG because it makes their job a whole lot easier. Bandwidth, servers, virtual environments, websites, VoIP services – PRTG keeps an eye on your entire network. Everyone has different monitoring needs. That’s why we let you try PRTG for free.
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Paessler PRTG is used by companies of all sizes. Sysadmins love PRTG because it makes their job a whole lot easier.
Bandwidth, servers, virtual environments, websites, VoIP services – PRTG keeps an eye on your entire network.
Everyone has different monitoring needs. That’s why we let you try PRTG for free.
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