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#271684 22-May-2020 11:10
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Hi all,

As my home network grows I want to ensure everything works, and I don't become 'home network support' 24 x 7.  I am looking for something that can monitor the network, nothing fancy, something like:

* Ping machines to make sure they are on the network
* SSH (or similar) to make sure services are running on machines (by port)
* Disk space
* Email alerts (I run my own email server on premise, it's on a UPS)
* Maybe alerts from the UPS (It can take network card)

I have 3 servers (2 x Windows Server 2016, 1 x Untangle) and a couple of desktops to monitor.  I have looked at Pulseway, but I cannot see how that would work if the gateway (Untangle) goes down.  I was thinking of a Pi was a battery backup. I looked at NetPi+ but this seems more of a diagnostic tool than actively monitoring and alerting.

Of course, if I could also make an awesome Grafana dashboard, that would be awesome bonus points :-)

What do people on geekzone use?


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  #2489319 22-May-2020 11:13
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Spark FibreMAX using Mikrotik CCR1009-8G-1S-1S+. UAP, UAP AC Pro, UAP AC Pro Mesh, Apple TV 4, Apple TV 4K, iPad Air 1, iPhone 6s, VodaTV Gen 2. If it doesn't move then it's data cabled.




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  #2489452 22-May-2020 13:35
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Spyware:

 

https://www.netxms.org/

 



Thanks! That looks very comprehensive! Including Grafana support! Shame it needs a PC over a Pi, but I can run it in a VM, anotehr weekend project!  @Spyware - have you used this product yourself? If so, any feedback?


 
 
 
 


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  #2489455 22-May-2020 13:39
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Quite a fan of PRTG myself. Its free up to 100 sensors. Needs Windows to run on, though. 


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  #2489766 22-May-2020 18:39
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Netxms server and agent can be installed under raspbian buster https://www.netxms.org/documentation/adminguide/installation.html

 

deb http://packages.netxms.org/raspbian/ buster main

 

I migrated from Nagios to Netxms.

 

 





Spark FibreMAX using Mikrotik CCR1009-8G-1S-1S+. UAP, UAP AC Pro, UAP AC Pro Mesh, Apple TV 4, Apple TV 4K, iPad Air 1, iPhone 6s, VodaTV Gen 2. If it doesn't move then it's data cabled.


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  #2493133 27-May-2020 20:20
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Librenms is nice and simple, just what you need for a small one-off setup.


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  #2493169 27-May-2020 21:13
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https://icinga.com/ is another open source option (which I am using on my home network). Can get pretty complex but does the basics as well. Warning: monitoring is addictive...




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  #2493685 28-May-2020 14:19
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Thanks everyone for all the replies, so many products I didn't know about!

https://icinga.com/subscription/ - had a look but it gives no pricing (I have to request a quote) and it seems I have to have a subscription to use it.  So will skip this one unless I can work it out.

https://www.netxms.org/ - I will probably start with this one, as a Pi option.

https://www.librenms.org/ - seems to be Linux only with no Pi option? Or Virtualbox, which I don't run.  So will skip unless someone can tell me it has Pi support (I am a Windows person, not Linux)

https://www.paessler.com/prtg - Windows (only?) and free up to 100 sensors.  Will also try this one, as a Windows option.

Something else I decided on as a requirement, I PROBABLY want to start with an agentless monitoring. Although as @SumnerBoy points out it could be addictive and could lead to needing agents (I already spend way too much time tweaking my XProtect install so know what they mean).


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