Automatically Generate Network Maps in PRTG

Network Mapping


Did you know that the use of pictures to display data in a more understandable way is not a new concept? In fact, it was originally used in the 17th century as a way to teach concepts. For example, Charles Minard mapped out Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in one of the first examples of the value of visualization. Turning numbers, figures, statistics, and data into pictures makes it far easier for that data to be understood and comprehended even by the most experienced professional. The same is true for your IT infrastructure.

The Importance of Network Mapping

Creating a network map will allow you, whether you are the business owner or the network administrator, to visualize and understand your network. By having this tool, you gain a better, more clear picture of how your network is set-up  and how your devices interact with each other. As Elsa Wong put it, “Data Visualization is the method of consolidating data into one collective, illustrative graphic.” When this is done, you can clearly see links, hold-ups, areas of concern, and areas of risk and connectivity; it’s powerfully important. One study found 62% of businesses use visualization in some form. But, how many of them can actually see the movement of data and device connectivity across the board?

Why does it really matter, though?

Though a bit comically, Lindi Horton recently wrote, “When troubleshooting problems, the root cause greatly resembles pirate’s buried treasure chest. While you may not get a chest filled with pirate gold coins, finding the true root cause of a problem is vastly rewarding. And like all good pirate treasure, “X” marks the spot on the map. It continues to surprise me with each account how many enterprises do not have a good network architecture map to help them document the topology of their network. It’s a lot like Captain Jack Sparrow landing on a remote island without rum. It simply isn’t done.”

When data and devices are visualized, you can create a variety of solutions including the ability to generate network maps. You can make adjustments quickly. You can also:

  • Identify potential areas that need improvement now or later.
  • Predict usage and connectivity concerns and methods.
  • Better clarify what devices are connecting to your network and whether or not they should be present.
  • Make slight adjustments and get results immediately.
  • Have an accurate picture right away.

The bottom line is mapping your network to create a visual view of it is essential. Now, how do you do that?

How UVexplorer Solves Network Mapping Difficulties

UVnetworks offers a solution in UVexplorer. It aids IT managers and small-to-medium-sized businesses in achieving a more functional level of control over their complex networks and infrastructure. UVexplorer creates network maps with visualization tools, allowing users to comprehend their networks more efficiently.

Are you already using PRTG? Often times, organizations turn to PRTG for network monitoring, but it has its limits. PRTG does offer mapping capability to the user. However, it is not an easy process and must be done by hand, for which virtually no IT professional has the time. UVexplorer creates these network maps automatically, meaning, at virtually any time you can have access to a true, accurate map of your network in hand.

To achieve this, UVexplorer creates maps based on the connections of various devices. As the maps are created, it discovers devices operating on your network and will then map the network. There is no laborious process for the IT pro. From this point, it is possible to easily and quickly export this data into PRTG. As a result, the user no longer has to labor and toil over creating these all-important maps by hand.

Network Maps from UVexplorer Solve Problems

Incorporating UVexplorer into your IT infrastructure will provide you an avenue to visualize your IT environment. When you can see actual pictures of your network, you can understand it more fully, manage it more efficiently, and monitor it effectively. What makes UVexplorer so effective is its ability to gather detailed topology information from just about any environment including virtual, wireless and wired connectivity. These maps give you everything you need to see in hand.

Options include dynamic maps for each device group within your network such as printers, servers, and routers, as well as custom maps which allow users to create maps containing just the desired devices. With this type of flexibility, it is possible to create pictures that reach your specific goals.

As a small or medium-sized business, remaining connected, troubleshooting quickly, and monitoring networks efficiently is essential. Turn to UVnetworks and UVexplorer to create the solutions you need to effortlessly manage the way your business communicates and manages its network.