The Simple Network Management Protocol was standardized by the IETF and is mostly used by operators to monitor various types of network equipment, as well as other types of network-connected equipment.

One common use of SNMP is to periodically measure interface loads and other operational parameters of routers. These measurements can be visualized using tools such as MRTGorCricket, or used as input to threshold-based alerting systems. For a list of SNMP-based measurement and analysis tools, see the SnmpBasedTools topic.


Caveats with SNMP

There are a few common pitfalls when using SNMP for measurement. They are briefly described in these topics:



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