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Hello, I have the following set up:

- TP-Link Gigabit Load Balance Broadband Router TL-ER5120 as my main router - 2x fibre broadband WAN connections upstream (using original Virgin and TalkTalk routers) - a few access points downstream of the load balancer - often around 50 devices on the LAN

I am new to PRTG and network monitoring, can anyone tell me if I can run PRTG with this set up? Would I need a new piece of hardware? Or would I run PRTG on a connected PC?

Would PRTG allow me to: -See how much bandwidth each device / client is consuming? -See how much bandwidth each WAN is providing? -See when either of the WANs has gone down?

Many thanks in advance.

newbie prtg setup

Created on Oct 5, 2016 8:45:27 PM

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The easiest way to monitor your bandwidth is by using the SNMP Traffic Sensor, which allows you to monitor the incoming and outgoing traffic on a port. (https://www.paessler.com/manuals/prtg/snmp_traffic_sensor.htm)

Depending on the devices you have, you can also use netflow or the packet sniffing sensors to gather information about

- Bandwidth usage based on source IP and port - Bandwidth usage based on destination IP and port - Other Bandwidth usage based on filter options. Details can be found here: (https://www.paessler.com/manuals/prtg/xflow_packet_sniffer_filter_rules.htm)

PRTG offers Top lists so you can see at one glance, who is using your bandwidths. (https://www.paessler.com/manuals/prtg/toplists.htm) Toplists cannot not be part of PRTG reports, though. But if you have Netflow Sensors filtering for certain IPs/Hosts then the normal sensor results can be reported and would also show bandwidth-amounts for certain IPs/hosts.

Please note, it’s not possible to filter on URL or user directly. You have to filter on a combination of all IP addresses behind a certain URL/User.

We also have some video tutorials about bandwidth monitoring. Please have a look here: (https://www.paessler.com/support/videos/prtg-basics/bandwidth-monitoring-basic) (https://www.paessler.com/support/videos/prtg-advanced/bandwidth-monitoring-advanced)

The following article is designed to help you finding the right MIBs in order to make SNMP monitoring work for your devices: (https://kb.paessler.com/en/topic/65638)

For vLans, you can also check out the following information: (https://kb.paessler.com/en/topic/58713-monitoring-vlan#reply-187513)

Created on Oct 6, 2016 11:19:40 AM by  Dariusz Gorka [Paessler Support]



Thanks for that, however, it doesn't look like the TP-Link Load Balance Router TL-ER5120 supports SNMP

Created on Oct 6, 2016 11:29:41 AM

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