All-in-one router
monitoring software PRTG

 


  • Check bandwidth consumption, network traffic, error messages of your routers with PRTG



  • Router monitoring via SNMP, Packet Sniffer, NetFlow/sflow/jFlow

     

  • PRTG detects and monitors suspicious traffic in your home or enterprise

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Prevent network failures and bottlenecks with PRTG router monitoring


Overloaded routers (and thus networks) can slow down a company's communication and workflow.

PRTG Network Monitor, our network monitoring solution, allows you to check all your router connections. Determine how much bandwidth is used per connection, the devices, programs, or users which generate the most traffic, and where bottlenecks occur in your network. You'll get a ton of valuable information which will make your work as an administrator that much easier. PRTG supports routers from all the major manufacturers like Cisco, Dell, Linksys, TP Link or Netgear.

With its wide range of features, PRTG Network Monitor makes it easy to monitor your router traffic around the clock, log network activities, and calculate network utilization.

Along with traffic and bandwidth, you can also monitor the device itself. PRTG lets you keep a constant eye on computer fans, temperatures, and power supplies, as well as the memory of your router. And thanks to PRTG, you can even stay up-to-date on the status and statistics of your VPN connection.

You'll be notified automatically whenever something seems amiss inside your router or network traffic. PRTG lets you act quickly to prevent bandwidth bottlenecks from paralyzing your network.

Thanks to PRTG, the entire staff can work with peace of mind.

 

 

What kind of data is gathered?
3 important points

With PRTG, you'll be able to recognize when your routers are forwarding too much data - before they become completely overloaded.

 

The bandwidth consumption of individual connections

The bandwidth consumption of individual connections

Network activities and causes of traffic

Network activities and causes of traffic

Router error messages

Router error messages

 

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.

 

“I particularly like having breakfast at home and just surveying my domain, and understanding what's working and what isn't.”

Steve Coppin, Oxford University

 

Here's what monitoring looks like in PRTG

 

 

Router monitoring with PRTG

Router checking with PRTG supports three methods which come with their own advantages and disadvantages:

 

 i NetFlow is a protocol for collecting, aggregating and recording traffic flow data in a network. NetFlow data provide a more granular view of how bandwidth and network traffic are being used than other monitoring solutions, such as SNMP. NetFlow was developed by Cisco and is embedded in Cisco’s IOS software on the company’s routers and switches and has been supported on almost all Cisco devices since the 11.1 train of Cisco IOS Software.
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SNMP

SNMP

The network protocol SNMP is the easiest way to calculate traffic. CPU and network loads remain low. However, it is not possible to analyze protocols or IP addresses.

 

Packet Sniffer

Packet Sniffer

A built-in PRTG Packet Sniffer lets you examine all network data packets for protocols or IP addresses. But of the three methods, this one generates the highest CPU and network load.

 

Netflow/sflow/jFlow

Netflow/sflow/jFlow

The NetFlow/sflow/jFlow/IPFIX methods belong to the routers of certain providers such as Cisco, HP, or Juniper. Bandwidth utilization is calculated within each device and transmitted to PRTG for analysis and disclosure. The most powerful of the three alternatives when both CPU and network loads are low, this method is especially suitable for networks with a great deal of traffic.

 

 

Router monitoring sensors

The following sensors can also be used for router monitoring with PRTG:

 

Cisco ADSL

Monitors ADSL statistics of a Cisco router using SNMP. It can show:

  • Speed of downlink and uplink
  • Remote and local attenuation, SNR and local power output

SNMP Cisco ADSL Sensor

Packet Sniffer

Monitors the headers of data packets that pass a local network using a built-in packet sniffer. It can show the following traffic types (analyzes only header traffic!):

  • Chat (IRC, AIM)
  • Citrix
  • FTP/P2P
  • Mail, WWW
  • Remote control (RDP, SSH, Telnet, VNC)

Packet Sniffer Sensor

SNMP Traffic

The SNMP Traffic sensor monitors traffic on a device using SNMP. PRTG creates one traffic sensor for each individual port

Port

The Port sensor monitors a network service by connecting to its port. Depending on your settings, it can alert you either when the monitored port is open, or when it is closed.

Net Flow V5

Shows traffic for NetFlow v5-supported devices, split by type and is able to divide traffic into channels. Traffic types include:

  • Chat (IRC, AIM)
  • Citrix
  • FTP/P2P
  • Mail, WWW
  • Remote control (RDP, SSH, Telnet, VNC)

NetFlow v5 Sensor

NetFlow V9

Shows traffic for NetFlow v9-supported devices, split by type and is able to divide traffic into channels. Traffic types include:

  • Chat (IRC, AIM)
  • Citrix
  • FTP/P2P
  • Mail, WWW
  • Remote control (RDP, SSH, Telnet, VNC)

NetFlow v9 Sensor

IPFIX

Shows traffic for IPFIX-supported devices, split by type and is able to divide traffic into channels. Traffic types include:

  • Chat (IRC, AIM)
  • Citrix
  • FTP/P2P
  • Mail, WWW
  • Remote control (RDP, SSH, Telnet, VNC)

IPFIX Sensor

jFlow

Shows traffic for jFlow-supported devices, split by type and is able to divide traffic into channels. Traffic types include:

  • Chat (IRC, AIM)
  • Citrix
  • FTP/P2P
  • Mail, WWW
  • Remote control (RDP, SSH, Telnet, VNC)

jFlow V5 Sensor

sFlow

Shows traffic for sFlow-supported devices, split by type and is able to into channels. Traffic types include:

  • Chat (IRC, AIM)
  • Citrix
  • FTP/P2P
  • Mail, WWW
  • Remote control (RDP, SSH, Telnet, VNC)

sFlow Sensor

 

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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.

 

How to monitor router traffic

Here's a quick summary about how to monitor router traffic with PRTG:

 

How to monitor router traffic

Configure and run PRTG Network Monitor.

How to monitor router traffic

Choose one of following options for router monitoring protocols according to your router specifications: SNMP, NetFlow/jFlow/sFlow or Packet Sniffing.

How to monitor router traffic

See the bandwidth consumption of individual connections and all network activities at a glance and create individual dashboards.

How to monitor router traffic

Set up custom alarms and you’ll be notified in case of router errors or overloads.

 

PRTG simplifies your day

Our monitoring software works for you and promptly notifies you of potential issues.
It frees you to concentrate on your day-to-day tasks with peace of mind.

 

PRTG saves time

With PRTG, you get one central monitoring tool for your servers and entire network. Enjoy a quick overview of your whole infrastructure via our dashboard and app.

PRTG saves worry

Customizing PRTG is a breeze. Getting started or switching from another network monitoring tool is easy thanks to the auto-discovery and pre-configured device templates.

PRTG saves money

80% of our customers report substantial or even exceptional cost savings in the area of network monitoring. The experience shows that the costs for licenses have paid for themselves within a matter of weeks.

 

 

Prevent network failures and
bottlenecks with PRTG router monitoring
 

 iBandwidth is measured as the amount of data that can be transferred from one point to another within a network in a specific amount of time. Typically, bandwidth is expressed as a bitrate and measured in bits per second (bps). It refers to the transmission capacity of a connection and is an important factor when determining the quality and speed of a network.
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Immediately know the score

 

Immediately know the score

PRTG provides automatic alerts when the network crashes or protocol errors take place. 

Fix bugs quickly

 

Fix bugs quickly

Meet problems head-on to prevent your network from crashing.

Optimize bandwidth consumption

 

Optimize bandwidth consumption

By adjusting available bandwidth to meet demand and reducing unnecessary traffic, you'll create more stable connections.

Speed up company processes - an optimized bandwidth allows for a company's operations to run quickly. Enjoy an increase in the availability of services and applications.

Traffic transparency

 

Traffic transparency

With PRTG, you'll receive and be able to analyze information regarding the intensity of traffic across individual connections.

Greater security

 

Greater security

Use PRTG to detect suspicious traffic, which is indicative of malware.

 

Monitor hardware, performance and other details of your routers


In addition to the traffic running through your router and bandwidth, you can also monitor the device itself. With PRTG, you can always keep an eye on the fan, temperature, power supplies or memory of your router. PRTG also keeps you informed about the status and statistics of your VPN connection.

 

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.

 

Modem monitoring with PRTG


PRTG allows you to monitor all performance parameters of your network modem and to ensure a stable internet connection for your company. 

Modem monitoring includes the following use cases:

  • Check the Quality of Service (QoS) of your internet connection
  • Check if your ISP provides you with the bandwidth you are paying for 
  • Detect unwanted traffic or other security issues

 

 

 

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

 

PRTG The Swiss Army knife

PRTG: The Swiss Army knife for sysadmins

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
  • REST Custom Sensor: Monitor almost everything that provides XML or JSON

 

PRTG

Network Monitoring Software - Version 21.2.67.1562 (April 21st, 2021)

Hosting

Download for Windows and cloud-based version PRTG Hosted Monitor available

Languages

English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese

Pricing

Up to 100 sensors for free (Price List)

Unified Monitoring

Network devices, bandwidth, servers, applications, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and more

Supported Vendors & Applications

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