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What is the difference between "HTTP" and "HTTP Full Web Page" web server sensors?



I want to monitor a web server and I'm not quite sure which sensor I should use for this.

http http-sensor prtg sensor web-server webserver-sensor

Created on Feb 15, 2010 12:06:29 PM by  Daniel Zobel [Product Manager]

Last change on Dec 4, 2020 1:44:42 PM by  Brandy Greger [Paessler Support]

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This article applies as of PRTG 22

The HTTP Full Web Page sensor uses a web browser instance to fully load an entire web page (including all embedded objects such as images), and monitors the loading time. Note: This sensor does not monitor if all embedded objects can be loaded.

The HTTP sensor performs specific HTTP requests. When it is used in GET mode, for example, it merely loads the HTML code of a web page, not the embedded objects.


Created on Feb 15, 2010 12:14:41 PM by  Daniel Zobel [Product Manager]

Last change on Dec 29, 2022 3:02:44 PM by  Brandy Greger [Paessler Support]



Does the HTTP Full Web Page sensor also download images and other objects (css, js etc) from 3rd part URLs? If so it would be extremely helpful if we could have an option to disable this. The reason being is that we don't want to be notified if a 3rd party is down. We only want to be notified when it something that we have control over.

Created on Mar 18, 2010 6:27:43 PM



Imagine the HTTP Full Page sensor as a window of Internet Explorer that you can only give a URL - and have no further control over it. This is the case here. We can only send your URL to the IE OCX which is used for this sensor. We can not disable downloads of any kind.

Created on Mar 19, 2010 12:43:58 PM by  Dirk Paessler [Founder Paessler AG] (11,025) 3 6

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