7 Replies Latest reply on Jan 23, 2012 10:16 AM by pyro13g

    Identifying Bandwidth Issue


      what screens and parameters should i look at to proactively determine if we are having bandwidth issues?  NPM response time doesn't seem to help.  is there something in NetFlow that can tell me if we are running out of bandwidth or should i be looking at something in NPM?

        • Re: Identifying Bandwidth Issue

          Your best bet is to look at the "Interface Details" page in NPM.  There are two charts that will shine some light on bandwidth utilization:


          Min/Max/Average bps In/Out

          Percent Utilization

          You can also setup an alert based on bandwidth or percent utilization to send out an email when the threshold is met.

          • Re: Identifying Bandwidth Issue

            as a rule of thumb, what percent utilization is considered good, boardline and a problem?

            Also, what is the rule of thumb for Min/Max/Average bps In/Out?

              • Re: Identifying Bandwidth Issue

                We normally use 75% as the benchmark for high utilization. I normally use the Min/MAX/Avg RX+TX chart to look at my utilization pattern. Netflow digs deeper by telling you who is using the bandwidth and how much so that you can for instance do some capacity planning or redefine your network access rules.

                • Re: Identifying Bandwidth Issue


                  The standard rule of thumb I have always gone by is that you don't want to consistently exceed your WAN links by 70% and your LAN links by 30%.

                  That being said when you are looking at the charts and graphs in Orion these are based off of a 24 hour clock by default.  So if you are looking at the monthly utilization of a circuit for a location that is 8-5 M-F your results will likely be skewed and you may want to adjust for their actual working times.

                  There are a couple of examples on how to do that but here is one for creating a report based on business hours.

                  95th Percentile Circuit Report based on local site business hours

                • Re: Identifying Bandwidth Issue

                  Hi smarion--

                  Also, the Real-Time Bandwidth Monitor is a free tool used especially for troubleshooting and network changes.  Please see New Free Tool - Real-Time Bandwidth Monitor blog.


                  • Re: Identifying Bandwidth Issue

                    Hi There,

                    It just depends how much detail you need to identify the bandwidth issue. NPM which has being mentioned already is good at using SNMP to read values from your network devices. One of the most commonly used values is bps of an interface. You can use this to create alerts when bandwidth goes over certain levels. Other may correct me on this but I find that SNMP data does not have enough information (sometimes) for troubleshooting.

                    Your next option could be to use NetFlow or one of the other flow standards (jflow, ipfix, sflow). Typically NetFlow is available on a L3 device like a router or switch which has a layer 3 feature set. Once enabled you end up information like what is making connections on your network and how much bandwidth these conversations use up. The NTA product can also graph this data so you can see what utilisation is like amongst other things.

                    If want to look at what is happening on your LAN and you don’t have NetFlow features available on your network switches then you could look at using a SPAN port. This allows you to take a direct copy of the traffic as it moves through the switch. You could use something like nProbe to convert this raw traffic to flow which can then be processed by NTA. More info at Orion NTA and nProbe: Analyzing bandwidth hogs without flow-capable network equipment

                    Finally, we’ve integrated our LANGuardian traffic analysis product with NPM so when monitoring and troubleshooting you get a very comprehensive picture and all the detail you need via one dashboard. An online demo of it is available here