Robust, high-grade network visualizer you'll want to check out
March 05, 2019

Robust, high-grade network visualizer you'll want to check out

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor

NPM is the primary tool I use to track up/down status for all workstations, network device, and IP addressable equipment owned by our organization. I also like the added features to track storage information on systems and bandwidth usage. I am the primary user of the system, but the IT team has made use of it from time to time as well. I also use the system to send myself email alerts when designated events occur so that I do not have to be in the NPM page at all times.


  • The ability to track nodes by IP address or DNS name
  • Custom Property control (ability to give nodes new categories/types/locations, etc.)
  • Customizable pages for viewing only important information about a device, several devices, or scope of devices


  • The DNS-tracking node feature takes some time to update. This can make outages look longer, not fail to notice them at all
  • The license count can be too easily eaten up with tracking interfaces. In a switch-dense network, NPM can be an expensive tool
  • Every module (network mapper, configuration management, etc) is another purchase. I appreciate the ability to not pay for what you don't need, but some things should be a given that they are needed by network administrators
  • NPM saves me approximately 40-50 hours of work I would otherwise have to do each year. This can translate to actual dollars when set against the salary/pay you would invest in having an employee do the same work without SolarWinds NPM.
I have used SNMPc in the past and it is fine for tracking up/down status, but it hasn't been updated in years. Despite NPM's higher cost, the support and community forums provide continuous support for the long-term use of the product in our environment.
It is perfect for IT departments that have wide-scope monitoring needs. Companies that only need to monitor up/down status may find this solution to be overkill, as it is VERY robust and granularly configurable.

SolarWinds NPM Feature Ratings

Automated network device discovery
Network monitoring
Baseline threshold calculation
Not Rated
Network capacity planning
Not Rated
Customizable reports
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
Not Rated


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