Monitor Bandwidth Statistics and Interface Load Distribution

with Engineer's Toolset

SolarWinds® Bandwidth Gauges is a network monitoring tool that shows real-time traffic load on any device on any remote network. This bandwidth meter shows how much data is being received and transmitted from any remote network device, which is necessary to gauge the basic metrics that describe the performance of a network path.

Benefits of Using a Bandwidth Meter

A Bandwidth Meter can monitor any device and can be used to:

  • Troubleshoot slow networks
  • Monitor multiple interfaces and customize the gauges by functions
  • See the amount of data sent and received on any network device
  • Get real-time traffic utilization of any device that supports SNMP
  • Monitor a range of interfaces to assess load distribution
  • Perform bandwidth test
  • Get bandwidth statistics

Deploying Bandwidth Gauges

Bandwidth comes with SolarWinds Engineer’s Toolset, which is a collection of essential diagnostic, monitoring, discovery, and troubleshooting tools that network engineer’s rely on to perform daily IT tasks. Once you install Engineer’s Toolset, you can quickly locate Bandwidth Gausges in the Network Monitoring folder.

View of Bandwidth Meter Tool deployment

Setting Up a Bandwidth Meter

To start collecting real-time traffic load of an interface, enter the device name/IP address and its credentials to create your own bandwidth gauge and start collecting statistics of sent/received data. With these bandwidth meters you can:

  • Set the polling frequency of the selected device to update the gauges at desired intervals.
  • See the current data in table format below the meters
  • See historal bandwidth data as graphs and charts
View of how to use SolarWinds’ bandwidth gauges

Setting Up for Multiple Interfaces:

You can create multiple gauges and save their configuration as a file that can be loaded at any time. As long as you have enabled SNMP communication on your devices, and your devices support MIB-II, you can monitor their bandwidth usage with the Bandwidth Gauges tool. You can monitor multiple interfaces by running several bandwidth gauges at the same time.

The Bandwidth Gauge application is great for monitoring a range of interfaces to assess load distribution. With Bandwidth Gauge you can select and associate different styles of gauges with different devices. Routers can appear as one type of gauge and servers can be defined to appear as a different gauge. You can even save your layouts to quickly load a list of monitored interfaces/ports. You can also run bandwidth gauges as integrated gadgets in the ETS Workspace Studio, thus enabling you for monitoring a few interfaces and analyzing their historical graphs.

View of multiple bandwidth gauges as integrated gadgets

When using Bandwidth Gauges, you can:

  • See real-time utilization of the selected device based on the number of octets transmitted/received through an interface over the last few seconds
  • Set networking details including refresh rate, SNMP timeout, and retry attempts
  • See percent utilization of receive/transmit sides of the interface
  • See the traffic in bps (bits per second) of receive/transmit sides of the interface
  • See average traffic in bps and average percent utilization of receive/transmit sides of the interface
  • Run multiple bandwidth gauges as integrated gadgets in Engineers Toolset Workspace Studio
  • Set the bandwidth gauges to be automatically published on the Web in the form of a HTML page