Ntop + SNMP

Dan Nelson dnelson at allantgroup.com
Sun Oct 8 08:04:50 PDT 2006

In the last episode (Oct 08), Warren Liddell said:
> > You don't.
> >
> > If you wish to use SNMP to monitor traffic voumes, etc., you'll need
> > to use something like mrtg, cacti or nagios.
> >
> > ntop doesn't know or care about SNMP, any more than does, say, tcpdump
> > or WireShark.
> >
> > Kurt
> Then why does it have support//plugin for SNMP if it wont/cant
> monitor it to ask the obvious ?

I think it's more for allowing ntop to provide status via SNMP (i.e. as
an agent) than using snmp to collect info from remote machines. 
There's really no way to use SNMP to gather the info ntop needs.  All
you can get from snmp is network utilization, where ntop wants to see
raw packets (or at minimum, ip+port+size data per flow).

	Dan Nelson
	dnelson at allantgroup.com

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