Use PRTG? Why not; it's free!
February 29, 2016

Use PRTG? Why not; it's free!

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with PRTG Network Monitor

We have recently made network changes which we have seen affecting our link states between our corporate location and our remote office. We were noticing the link going down from the provider end. With PRTG we were able to asses this very quickly and determine it was a service provider issue. Once we found out what was going on we were also able to determine we were getting the "paid for" bandwidth on that link. Through continual monitoring we were able to make this link more stable.
  • Easy to implement. It almost sets itself up through guidance from you to get you quickly monitoring your network.
  • We were able to easily find a communications problem through the sensor which was deployed.
  • 100 sensors are included free for life. Why not implement this product just to have this ability.
  • Sometimes the areas to add / remove sensors can be a bit confusing.
  • It is hard to find where to move a monitored device from one group to another. I had to look this one up in their documentation.
  • Better AD integration for use in establishing security roles with PRTG. It is hard to verify it is working properly.
  • We are able to quickly monitor a link and see if we are experiencing any issues.
  • It keeps history of the item being monitored to help you see in the past to help you determine if the item being sensored is functioning properly based off of past history.
  • With very little work, we had a fully functional network monitoring solution deployed in minutes.
PRTG does a lot of things similar to the SolarWinds products but I believe it gives you better near real-time metrics on monitored links between devices. I enjoy being able to pull up the sensor page of an interface between two devices and seeing just how much, or not, a link is being used. It helps me to better determine how to address congestion on my network.
I can see where it is extremely beneficial to have PRTG installed just to monitor the critical links in your network. With 100 included free sensors why not deploy to your network to see what you may be missing. You never know it can help you find a potential problem before it becomes one.

PRTG Feature Ratings

Automated network device discovery
10
Network monitoring
9
Baseline threshold calculation
9
Alerts
9
Network capacity planning
10
Packet capture analysis
8
Network mapping
7
Customizable reports
Not Rated
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
Not Rated
Hardware health monitoring
8