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Updated:January 10, 2019
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The objective of this article is to show you how to configure the Simple Network Management
Protocol (SNMP) settings on the RV160 and RV260 Routers.
SNMP is an Internet-standard protocol for collecting and organizing data on managed devices
on the IP networks. It allows network administrators to manage, monitor, receive
notifications of critical events as they occur on the network, and troubleshoot.
The SNMP framework consists of three elements; an SNMP manager, an SNMP agent, and
a Management Information Base (MIB). The function of the SNMP manager is to
control and monitor the activities of the network hosts that utilize SNMP. The
SNMP agent is within the software of the device and it aids in the maintenance
of data in order to manage the system. Lastly, MIB is a virtual storage area
for network management information. These three combine to monitor and manage
the devices in a network.
RV160/260 devices support SNMP version v1, v2c, and v3. They act as SNMP agents that reply
to SNMP commands from SNMP Network Management Systems. The supported commands are
the standard SNMP commands get/next/set. The devices also generate trap
messages to notify the SNMP manager when alarm conditions occur. Examples include
reboots, power cycles and WAN link events.
To configure the SNMP of the router, perform the following steps.
Step 1. Log in to the web configuration page of your router.
Note: In this article, we will be using the RV260W to configure SNMP. The configuration may
vary depending on the model you are using.
Step 2. Navigate to System Configuration > SNMP.
Step 3. Check the SNMP Enable check box to enable SNMP.
Step 4. (Optional) Check the Allow user access from Internet check box to allow authorized user access outside
the network through management applications such as the Cisco FindIT Network Management.
Step 5. (Optional) Check the Allow user access from VPN check box to allow authorized access from a Virtual Private
Step 6. From the Version drop-down menu, choose an SNMP version to use on the network. The options are:
v1 - Least secure option. Uses plaintext for community strings.
v2c - The improved error handling support provided by SNMPv2c includes expanded error codes that distinguish different types of errors; all types of errors are reported through a single error code in SNMPv1.
v3 - SNMPv3 provides secure access to devices by authenticating and encrypting data packets over the network. Authentication algorithms include message digest algorithm (MD5) and secure hash algorithm (SHA). Encryption methods include Data Encryption Standard (DES) and Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).
In this example, v2c has been selected as the Version.
Step 7. Enter the following fields
System Name - Enter a name for the router for easier identification in network management applications.
System Contact - Enter a name of an individual or administrator to identify with the router in case of emergency.
System Location - Enter a location of the router. This makes locating a problem much easier for an administrator.
Get Community - Enter the SNMP community name in the Get Community field. It creates read-only community which is used to access and retrieve the information for SNMP agent.
Set Community - In the Set Community field, enter an SNMP community name. It creates
read-write community which is used to access and modify the information for
SNMP agent. Only requests from the devices that identify themselves with this
community name are accepted. This is a user-created name. The default is
Using Trap configurations, you can set the source address of every SNMP trap packet sent by the router to a
single address regardless of the outgoing interface.
Step 8. To configure the SNMP trap, enter the following information.
Enter the name of the trap community
Trap Receiver IP Address
Enter the IP address
Trap Receiver port
Enter the port number
Note: Typically, SNMP uses
User Datagram Protocol (UDP) as the transport protocol and the default UDP
ports for SNMP traffic are 161 (SNMP) and 162 (SNMP Trap).
Step 9. Click Apply.
You should now have successfully enabled
and configured SNMP on your RV160/RV260 Router.