Bandwidth Monitoring Check

Understanding network bandwidth usage is a key factor in optimizing network design for maximum efficiency and planning for its development. With Bandwidth Monitoring you can monitor any physical network interface (Ethernet, Fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet) or virtual network interface on any SNMP managed device (switch, router, printer or even a server with appropriate SNMP software installed).

You can use Bandwidth Monitoring to identify network bottlenecks and devices that are hogging available network bandwidth. Resolving network bottlenecks can lead to a superior quality of service for your customers due to reduced network response times as well as helping to minimize costs as hardware and bandwidth provisioning can be matched to actual requirements. Alternatively, this may provide the opportunity to sell new hardware and increased bandwidth to meet requirements.

The Agent queries the SNMP managed device every five minutes. The volume of data transmitted and received is averaged over the last fifteen minutes and then displayed in the All Devices view. When the volume of data transmitted or received over the last fifteen minutes exceeds the set threshold configured in the Agent, then an alert is generated.

Bandwidth Monitoring check failures are indicated in the All Devices view North-pane under the performance_monitoring_icon icon and information on the particular check that failed is displayed in the lower pane.

The Bandwidth Monitoring Gauge that displays the current status of the check is accessed through the More Information link for the specific check.


The Performance and Bandwidth Monitoring History Reports show the results of Performance Monitoring or Bandwidth Monitoring checks, on an individual server, over the last 24 hours and last 8 days.

You can suppress check alerts until the Check failures exceed a configured number of consecutive failures. For more information, see Configure alert thresholds to suppress alerts.

Techniques to utilize the check are discussed in the Bandwidth Monitoring Strategies section.

Check configuration is available in How to get Bandwidth Monitoring up and running.