What to Use to Monitor Network Performance

There are multiple aspects to network monitoring. Most networks can be monitored by device, by segment, or by a combination of the two. Managers can locally monitor devices or network segments by collecting activity statistics with SNMP or by using the extended functionality of a protocol analyzer. Remote network device or segment monitoring is also easy to accomplish. This type of monitoring uses SNMP-based polling of devices for designated values to compare with Network Management Station (NMS) thresholds.

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