PRTG Manual: Welcome to PRTG Network Monitor
Welcome to PRTG Network Monitor! You have chosen an easy-to-use software product that comes with a powerful set of features to monitor your entire network.
Why Network Monitoring is Important
Today, nearly every business relies on a computer and network infrastructure for internet, internal management, telephone, and email. A complex set of servers and network equipment is required to ensure that business data flows seamlessly between employees, offices, and customers. The economic success of an organization is tightly connected to a hitch-free flow of data.
That's why your computer network has to work successfully: reliability, speed, and efficiency are crucial. But, like all other technical objects, network devices may fail from time to time—potentially causing trouble and loss of sales, no matter what migration efforts have been made up-front.
So network administrators need to take three key steps to maintain network uptime, reliability, and speed:
- Set up a well-planned network with reliable components.
- Create recovery plans for the event of device failure.
- Monitor the network to get informed about failures when they build up or actually happen.
PRTG Network Monitor, the software described in this document, is a complete solution for monitoring small, medium, and large networks.
Monitoring Networks with PRTG Network Monitor
PRTG Network Monitor is a powerful network monitoring application for Windows-based systems. It is suitable for small, medium, and large networks and capable of LAN, WAN, WLAN, and VPN monitoring. You can also monitor physical or virtual web, mail, and file servers, Linux systems, Windows clients, routers, and many more.
PRTG monitors network availability and bandwidth usage, as well as various other network parameters such as quality of service, memory load, and CPU usages, even on remote machines. PRTG provides system administrators with live readings and periodical usage trends to optimize the efficiency, layout, and setup of leased lines, routers, firewalls, servers, and other network components.
The software is easy to set up and use and monitors a network using Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), packet sniffer, Cisco NetFlow (as well as IPFIX, sFlow, and jFlow), and many other industry standard protocols. It runs on a Windows-based machine in your network for 24 hours every day. PRTG Network Monitor constantly records the network usage parameters and the availability of network systems. The recorded data is stored in an internal database for later analysis.
PRTG Network Monitor offers two options to monitor your network: PRTG on premises and PRTG hosted by Paessler. With PRTG on premises, the core server and local probe run within your network. PRTG hosted by Paessler is the PRTG cloud solution, where we at Paessler run the core server and hosted probe for you. The PRTG web interface for monitoring configuration and reviewing monitoring data is the same for both PRTG hosted by Paessler and PRTG on premises.
Do you want to get an overview of PRTG in 90 seconds? See this video on our website: PRTG Network Monitor in 90 Seconds
Video Demo: PRTG Network Monitor in 90 Seconds
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- Welcome to PRTG Network Monitor
- About this Document
- Key Features
- New in This Version
- Available Licenses
- System Requirements
- Detailed System Requirements
- Introduction: Monitoring with PRTG