Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)




The SNMP is an internet protocol used for collection and arrangement of data on IP networks of the manageable devices. It can also perform an adjustment of the information to suit the behavior of the device. Printers, routers, switches and servers are some of the devices which use the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) to execute their functions.




It is majorly useful in network monitoring and displays the variables that are arranged in the management information base (MIB). Implementation of the SNMP occurs at the application layer and gathers information in a consistent manner from different systems. There are a variety of the SNMP protocols and some implementation is carried out by several hardware devices on the networks. Devices that have SNMP agents will be present in a network that is entirely operated by the Simple Network Management Protocol.

The SNMP manager is a model which inquires information from the agents in this component. It is a management component and has a complex structure compared to the client configuration. A device which conveys the request to the SNMP agents is usually referred to as the manager and has to provide the right credentials. Implementation can be carried out as a monitoring suite.

The SNMP agents have much of the work dedicated to them and collect the information concerning the local system. It will then provide storage services in a specific format that can be requested. The Management Information base is the database which is updated during the process. MIB progresses from a lower level to a higher level in a sequence.

It stores the data to be set or queried. Most of the established SNMP requests have the management information base that is generated by the host verified by the appropriate credentials.

Configuration is done by the agent computer and determines the managers to be granted access to the information. It can also report the data on devices by acting as an intermediary during the connection and they are often not adjusted for the SNMP traffic.

SNMP is mostly preferred because of the simplicity of available command which boosts its prominence as a standard internet protocol. Some of the types of messaging followed by the SNMP include the Get, Set, GetNext, GetBulk and Response.




Several modifications have been performed on the SNP since its introduction. The only security issues arise from the authentication in plain text and may have a reduced performance on unencrypted networks. Despite this, it is widely accepted the fact that it has been in existence for quite a long time.