Network Device Monitoring Setup
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Network Device Monitoring Setup


Network Device Monitoring uses the SNMP protocol included in the Datadog Agent package. No additional installation is necessary.


Datadog Network Device Monitoring supports collecting metrics from individual devices, or auto-discovering devices (unique IP addresses) on entire subnets.

Choose your collection strategy based on the number of devices present on your network, and how dynamic your network is (meaning frequency of adding or removing devices):

Regardless of the collection strategy, leverage Datadog’s sysObjectID mapped device profiles to automatically collect relevant metrics from your devices.

Monitoring individual devices

To monitor individual devices:

  • For SNMPv2, configure an instance specifying the IP address and community string of the device:

      - ip_address: "<IP_ADDRESS>"
        community_string: "<COMMUNITY_STRING>"
  • For SNMPv3, configure an instance specifying the IP address and SNMPv3 credentials of the device (as appropriate), for example: user, auth_protocol, auth_key, priv_protocol, and priv_key:

      - ip_address: "<IP_ADDRESS>"
        user: "<USER>"
        ## Configure these as appropriate
        # authProtocol: SHA
        # authKey: "<AUTH_KEY>"
        # privProtocol: AES
        # privKey: "<PRIV_KEY>"

After setup, the Agent collects relevant metrics by matching your devices to one of Datadog’s device profiles.

To expand your setup:

  • Add more instances to collect metrics from more devices on your network.
  • Use Autodiscovery if you need to collect metrics from lots of devices across a dynamic network.


An alternative to specifying individual devices is to use autodiscovery to automatically discover all the devices on your network.

Autodiscovery polls each IP on the configured subnet, and checks for a response from the device. Then, the Datadog Agent looks up the sysObjectID of the discovered device and maps it to one of Datadog’s device profiles. The profiles contain lists of predefined metrics to collect for various types of devices.

To use Autodiscovery with Network Device Monitoring:

  1. Install or upgrade the Datadog Agent to v6.16+. For platform specific instructions, see the Datadog Agent documentation.

  2. Edit the snmp.d/conf.yaml file in the conf.d/ folder at the root of your Agent’s configuration directory.

Minimal config

  - network_address: "<NETWORK_ADDRESS>"
    community_string: "<COMMUNITY_STRING>"

Extended config

The following sample config provides required parameters, default values, and examples for Autodiscovery.


    ## @param network_address - string - optional
  - network_address: "<NETWORK_ADDRESS>"
    ## @param port - integer - optional - default: 161
    port: 161
    ## @param community_string - string - optional
    community_string: public
    ## @param snmp_version - integer - optional - default: 2
    snmp_version: 2
    ## @param timeout - integer - optional - default: 1
    timeout: 1
    ## @param retries - integer - optional - default: 5
    retries: 5
    ## @param discovery_interval - integer - optional - default: 3600
    discovery_interval: 3600
    ## @param discovery_allowed_failures
    ## integer - optional - default: 3
    discovery_allowed_failures: 3
    ## @param enforce_mib_constraints
    ## boolean - optional - default: true
    enforce_mib_constraints: true
    ## @param bulk_threshold - integer - optional - default: 5
    bulk_threshold: 5
    ## @param tags - list of key:value element - optional
       - "<KEY_1>:<VALUE_1>"
       - "<KEY_2>:<VALUE_2>"


Run the Agent’s status subcommand and look for snmp under the Checks section.

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