Switch monitoring with PRTG: Comprehensive, reliable, efficient
- Actively monitor your switch ports and hardware
- Get deep insights into the traffic on your switches
- Be alerted instantly in the event of malfunctions
- Integrate switches of all manufacturers: no vendor lock-in
PRTG switch monitoring: What you’ll find on this page
5 good reasons to choose PRTG as your switch monitoring tool
Enhance the security of your network
With the switch port monitoring software PRTG, you’ll immediately see if a port is open.
As a result, you can close gateways to prevent brute-force network attacks or the infiltration of your network with malware.
This way, you improve your network security a great deal.
Get instant alerts to fix malfunctions quickly
If a switch malfunctions, you’ll know about it at once.
PRTG comes with a customizable notification system which immediately sounds the alarm via SMS, email, push notification, and more, if there is a switch issue.
This way, you can quickly go about fixing the problem.
Benefit from comprehensive hardware monitoring
Identify trends and optimize bandwidth capacity
Easily analyze which applications are responsible for the most traffic and where bottlenecks tend to occur.
What switch monitoring looks like in PRTG
Diagnose network and performance issues by continuously monitoring your network switches. Show bandwidth and traffic in real time and visualize data in graphic maps & dashboards to identify problems more easily. Gain the visibility you need to troubleshoot your switches efficiently.
What PRTG can do for your switch monitoring needs
Keep an eye on the status of your switch ports
When monitoring switch ports, administrators are up against some major challenges. They must be able to continually check for closed ports that should actually be open, as well as for potentially dangerous open ports.
With PRTG, you'll keep constant track of your switch ports and automatically receive an alarm if there is some unusual activity.
Optimize and boost your network performance
If a switch is stretched beyond its capacities, then it is sure to break down. Such a situation is both frustrating and unnecessary.
With PRTG, you are quickly informed of impending overloads and can upgrade the switch accordingly and also plan for more hardware resources – for more bandwidth capacity on your switches.
Analyze your network traffic capacities
Switch monitoring is not just about observing the status of your switches. It’s also important to understand the kind of traffic they are handling.
With PRTG, you gain insights into the data flowing through each switch, allowing for a comprehensive traffic analysis. These insights let you identify patterns, prioritize critical applications, and optimize bandwidth allocation.
Beyond switches: Get a holistic view of network connections
PRTG's monitoring capabilities go beyond tracking the health and performance of your network switches. The network monitoring tool also provides an overview of your entire vital network infrastructure including all critical connections and components.
This ensures that you have a properly working network environment and minimizes potential downtimes.
Preconfigured sensors for monitoring switch hardware & traffic to help you get started
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.
Packet Sniffer sensor
The Packet Sniffer sensor monitors the headers of data packets that pass a local network card using a built-in packet sniffer, and filters the traffic by IP address, protocol, and data type.
Flow (NetFlow, jFlow, sFlow, IPFIX) sensors
PRTG is compatible with all major vendors and manufacturers
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“Easy to implement and configure with good technical support.”
R. v. S., ICT Manager at Heinen & Hopman Eng BV
Switch monitoring: FAQ
Switch monitoring is the process of continuously observing and managing the performance, status, and activities of network switches. It allows network administrators to ensure switches are operating efficiently, identify potential issues before they escalate, and keep a tab on network traffic.
Switch monitoring with PRTG offers multiple benefits:
- Improved network performance: By keeping an eye on the traffic and performance metrics of a switch, you can identify and fix bottlenecks, ensuring smooth data flow across your network.
- Enhanced security: By monitoring switch ports, you can detect unauthorized devices or activities, preventing potential security breaches.
- Proactive problem resolution: Real-time monitoring helps detect issues early on, allowing for timely interventions before they escalate.
- Efficient resource utilization: By understanding your switch traffic patterns and peak times, you can optimize your network and resource allocation.
Many sysadmins resort to the command line for swift checks, such as verifying the availability of a particular network device (e.g., a switch). Nonetheless, expert monitoring delves deeper.
An advanced monitoring solution employs protocols like SNMP, NetFlow, and IPFIX to consistently oversee all your crucial network devices. PRTG equips you with multiple SNMP sensors, enabling you to initiate your monitoring immediately.
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.
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
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.
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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