Managing and monitoring SNMP-enabled network devices and printers


There are times when you would like to manage and monitor certain devices or services but you cannot install an Agent on them to make them a fully Managed device. For example, you may want to know when the memory usage of a switch port goes over a certain threshold, or if the battery in your UPS starts discharging, or whether you need to change your printer's toner but you cannot install an Agent on either of these devices. In these instances, a fully Managed network node device can connect to and manage your network devices using Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).

This document will walk you through the process of adding an SNMP-enabled device as a Managed device to your account. We will also discuss how to monitor your SNMP devices.


If you are not familiar and comfortable with the concepts, terminology and technology around SNMP, we strongly recommend some background reading before you start with SNMP monitoring. There are a number of useful guides on the subject but here are a few examples that we've looked at and liked:

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