SNMP Uptime Event Monitor Reference Guide

SNMP Uptime Event Monitor

Alerts if SNMP devices have been rebooted.


This event monitor watches your SNMP-enabled devices and alerts if any of them have been rebooted.

Use Cases

  • Tracking the uptime of a network device
  • Getting alerts about when a device is rebooted

Monitoring Options

This event monitor provides the following options:

SNMP Version

Select the SNMP version that will be used to collect the inventory data. The best version to use will depend on how your network devices have been configured. Most devices support SNMPv1 but some may require SNMPv2 or SNMPv3.


Enter the SNMP community string that will be used to connect. The community string is equivalent to a password. The default community string for read-only access is "public" so use this value if you are unsure of what community string your devices are configured to use. The community string is only required for SNMPv1 and SNMPv2c connections. SNMPv3 uses different authentication parameters.

Port Number

The standard port number for SNMP requests is 161. If your devices have been configured to use a different port you can specify it here.


The timeout tells the event monitor how long to wait for a response. The default value is best for almost all situations but you can increase or decrease it if you choose.


Since SNMP runs on UDP packet, delivery and response are not guaranteed. For this reason, it is good practice to tell the event monitor to retry one or more times if it does not receive a response.

Username (SNMPv3 Only)

Specify the user name that will be used when connecting to the network device. This is a required value for the SNMPv3 protocol.

Context (SNMPv3 Only)

In rare cases, a context string is required to establish the SNMPv3 connection. If required by your devices, enter it here. This value is optional.

Security Level (SNMPv3 Only)

SNMPv3 connections can support both authentication and privacy. Authentication means that a valid passphrase must be supplied or the SNMP unit will not accept the connection. Privacy means that the connection to the SNMP device must be encrypted otherwise the device will not accept it. Both are optional. If your devices do not require either, select noAuthNoPriv. If your devices require authentication but not privacy, select authNoPriv. If your devices require both authentication and privacy, select authPriv.

Auth. Protocol Level (SNMPv3 Only)

If authNoPriv or authPriv is selected for the security level, you must specify the authentication protocol for the connection. Supported values are MD5, SHA, SHA-224, SHA-256, SHA-384, and SHA-512. Consult the documentation and configuration of your network devices to determine which protocol they support.

Auth. Passphrase (SNMPv3 Only)

Enter the authentication passphrase that your SNMP devices have been configured to accept. This value is required when authNoPriv or authPriv is selected for the security level.

Privacy Protocol (SNMPv3 Only)

If authPriv is selected for the security level, the privacy protocol must be selected. The supported values are DES and AES.

Priv. Passphrase (SNMPv3 Only)

Enter the privacy passphrase that your SNMP devices have been configured to accept. This value is required when authPriv is selected for the security level.

Alert with [Info/Warning/Error/Critical] if the device cannot be contacted by SNMP

Select this option to get alerts if it can't contact a selected network device. It's usually a good idea to enable this option because your monitoring configuration will likely have other event monitors to warn if systems are down. If a system is down, its inventory data can be refreshed on the next run.

Alert with [Info/Warning/Error/Critical] if the device has been rebooted

Use this option to get alerts if the device has been rebooted.

Include the uptime in all notifications

With this option selected the event monitor will include SNMP uptime in all notifications.

Authentication and Security

For SNMPv1 and SNMPv2c, a community string for the device being monitored is required. For SNMPv3, a username and other SNMPv3 parameters are required.


Click on a protocol to learn more.

Data Points

This event monitor generates the following data points:

Data Point Description
Up Time The time the SNMP device has been up and running.

Sample Output


To view the tutorial for this event monitor, click here.

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