Today, most businesses rely 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 economical success of an organization is tightly connected with the flow of data.

Why Network Monitoring is Important

The computer network's reliability, speed and efficiency are crucial for businesses to be successful. But, like all other technical objects, network devices may fail from time to time - potentially causing trouble and loss of sales - no matter what mitigation efforts have been made up-front.

Network administrators need to take three key steps to maintain network uptime, reliability and speed:

  1. Set up a well-planned network with reliable components.
  2. Create recovery plans for the event of device failure.
  3. Monitor their network to know about failures as 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. It monitors network availability and bandwidth usage as well as various other network parameters such as quality of service, memory load and CPU usages.  It 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 SNMP, WMI, packet sniffing, Cisco NetFlow as well as 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 reference.