The PRTG IP Sniffer

  • PRTG filters traffic by IP addresses
  • PRTG displays IP data on custom dashboards
  • PRTG sounds the alarm in the event of IP anomalies
  • PRTG facilitates IP packet analysis


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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


IP sniffing: One PRTG sensor for immediate results

 


The Packet Sniffer Sensor monitors your traffic, then filters it by IP address, protocol, and connection. It also analyzes the headers of incoming and outgoing data packets. All this data is presented graphically on a customizable PRTG dashboard, which is perfect for keeping a constant eye on the status of your network.

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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The first 100 sensors are free – including the IP sniffing sensor

PRTG at a glance

PRTG at a glance

PRTG monitors your entire network, including its hardware, apps, and virtual machines. It comes with 200 preconfigured sensors which are quick and easy to set up. Depending on your license, PRTG lets you create thousands – or even tens of thousands – of sensors.

100 free sensors

100 free sensors

The first 100 sensors are free and never expire. The basic version of PRTG comes with all the software’s features, including dashboards, reports, and the alarm. If you’re looking for a tool to filter your traffic by IP address, then give the free version of PRTG a try.

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!

 

IP sniffers vs. network monitoring tools

IP sniffers

There are a number of IP sniffers on the market which you can use to take a look at individual IP packets. These tools will provide you with detailed information on the data that is carried in each respective packet. Another function of IP sniffers is to inspect any suspicious data traffic in the network.

Network monitoring tools

PRTG is network monitoring software. It lets you monitor your entire network. Among other things, you can keep an eye on your bandwidth and filter your traffic by type, protocol, origin, and destination. PRTG comes with a built-in alarm that immediately notifies you in the event of a problem.

IP packet analysis

Looking for a way to analyze your IP packets? Many system administrators use PRTG before deploying IP sniffers, for PRTG analyzes packet headers to give you a better idea of which traffic deserves closer attention. You can then put the IP sniffer to work in more of a targeted fashion. With PRTG, you’ll save a great deal of time by narrowing data down before running analyses.

Three more PRTG sensors that make monitoring a cinch

 

CPU sensors

CPU sensors keep an eye on the CPUs of your servers, routers, and switches. They show you the capacity of your processors for a specific period of time or an individual process. If you notice a load increasing over time, you can take action at once. Find out how to set up CPU monitoring here.
 

 

Flow sensors

PRTG monitors all the major Flow protocols. As with the Packet Sniffer Sensor, you can break down and take a closer look at your traffic. The NetFlow protocol is mostly used by Cisco devices. Flow sensors are included in every version of PRTG. No upgrade is required. More on NetFlow monitoring
 

 

HTTP sensors

Our HTTP sensors are designed to monitor your website. Processes, load times, worldwide availability...PRTG gives you total control. Website monitoring is especially important for websites with high levels of customer traffic (such as those with online stores), as well as for educational institutions.  

 

Hey Stephan, as a sysadmin, why do I need to sniff my network IP addresses?

“The Packet Sniffer Sensor gives you a continuous overview of your network. If, for example, the email traffic of a certain IP address spikes or P2P file sharing occurs via the company network, you’ll be notified at once. IP sniffing is therefore a good way to improve the security of your network.”

Stephan Linke works for Paessler AG Technical Support

Sniff IPs once or monitor continuously?

One-time sniff

One-time sniff

Many administrators use IP sniffers to analyze and resolve a specific problem. Example: getting to the root of a short-term spike in traffic.

 

Continuous monitoring

Continuous monitoring

PRTG keeps a constant eye on your entire network. It uses historical data to recognize long-term trends. As a result, PRTG helps you plan and develop your network infrastructure.

An introduction to network monitoring with PRTG

FAQ: IP sniffers

 

How does an IP sniffer work?


A sniffer is a tool or program that inspects data traffic. Incoming and outgoing data traffic is “sniffed” as it passes through network interfaces. Sniffers log data packets and use IP addresses to identify senders and recipients.

How do I use an IP sniffer?


If you have a critical problem – such as unusually high network traffic or trouble transmitting data – an IP sniffer will help you uncover the cause. IP sniffers can even be used to sniff the traffic itself (i.e. individual data packets). The PRTG Packet Sniffer Sensor monitors traffic around the clock, including the distribution of traffic across devices, applications, and IP addresses.

What is an IP scanner?


The term “IP scanner” is often used synonymously with “IP sniffer.” But sometimes a sniffer tool will also be referred to as an IP scanner. IP scanners are mostly used to scan systems such as Microsoft, Mac, or Linux. PRTG also scans your network but is referred to as network monitoring software because it provides for continuous monitoring.

How do I install the PRTG IP sniffer?


When you execute PRTG for the first time, the auto-discovery feature will be launched automatically. Simply enter a range of IP addresses. PRTG will add all the devices within this range to your monitoring environment. You will then create the Packet Sniffer Sensor separately on the server whose traffic you wish to monitor, or via the monitoring port of your switch if you wish to include all traffic in your monitoring.

  • 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

Steffen-Ille

 

“The greatest advantage of PRTG? You get to rest easy.“

Steffen Ille, Bauhaus-University of Weimar, Germany.

Looking to monitor traffic?
Find out how PRTG can help!

 

WMI

SNMP

Packet Sniffer

xFlow (IPFIX, NetFlow, sFlow, jFlow)

Setup

Medium

Easy

Easy to complex (depending on filter rules used)

Can be complex (e.g., the switch must be configured)

Traffic can be filtered

NO

NO

YES

YES

Differentiate bandwidth usage by protocol or IPs

NO

NO

YES

YES

PRTG can show Toplists (Top Talker, Top Connections, Top Protocols, custom)

NO

NO

YES

YES

Filter bandwidth usage by IP

NO

NO

YES

YES

Filter bandwidth usage by MAC address

NO

NO

YES

NO

Filter bandwidth usage by physical network port

YES

YES

NO

NO

Monitor network parameters other than bandwidth usage

YES

YES

NO

NO

CPU load on the machine running PRTG

Low

Low

Higher, depends on the amount of traffic

Higher, depends on the amount of traffic

Excess bandwidth usage of monitoring

Small

Small

None (except when monitoring switch ports are used)

Depends on the traffic

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

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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Want to learn more about IP monitoring? Please do!


IPFIX monitoring

The IPFIX protocol is an advanced version of the NetFlow protocol. PRTG comes with two IPFIX sensors. Both of these sensors sort and filter the traffic in your network. More on IPFIX monitoring.

VoIP monitoring 

Tired of dropped calls and video conferences? If so, then PRTG QoS monitoring is for you. Our preconfigured sensors help you monitor the quality of your VoIP. More on VoIP monitoring.

IP SLA monitoring

Cisco devices with the IP SLA feature gather information on VoIP-related parameters such as latency, jitter, and packet loss. With the PRTG IP SLA Sensor, you can read these values and integrate them into your monitoring environment. More on IP SLA monitoring

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 18.4.47.1962 (December 11th, 2018)

Hosting

Download for Windows and hosted version available

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Pricing

Up to 100 sensors for free (Price List)

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