Need a quick check of bandwidth utilization on a router interface? How about SNMP Traffic Grapher (STG)? It’s available for free download.

With a simple configuration that takes mere seconds, you can have graphs like this:

STG Graph

All you need for the configuration is the router’s IP address, community string, and the OID (Object Identifier) of In Octets and Out Octets.

STG Settings

Which brings me to another really cool tool. GetIf. This is an easy-to-use MIB browser, which installs in just a few minutes and is very easy to navigate. GetIf is also available for free download on our support site.

Enter the IP Address and community string in the parameters view:

GetIf parameters

Click Start at the bottom. If the router responds to your snmpget, the System Information fields will populate (SysName, SysContact, etc.).

Select the MBrowser tab and walk through the MIBS until you find the Object you are looking for. In this case, it’s MIB 2 Interface table In Octets.

GetIf MIB walk

Take that OID ( and copy it to the “Green” OID for In on the STG Settings page. Scroll down in GetIf to the ifOutOctets and copy that OID to the “Blue” OID; click OK to start graphing the utilization. (Or click View to see the Start, Stop, and Settings options.)

This gives you a real-time view of your routers bandwidth utilization.

Joanne Ghidoni

Joanne is a Software Quality Assurance Engineer at Plixer. She has also held positions as Technical Support Engineer and Sales Engineer since joining Plixer in 2005. Prior to joining Plixer, Joanne has had numerous positions in the IT field, including data entry, computer operator, PC coordinator and support, mainframe programmer, and also Technical Support and web programmer at Cabletron Systems. In her spare time, Joanne enjoys traveling, always seeking out new and interesting places to visit.


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