Want to monitor your Mac(s) with PeakHour?
PeakHour Enabler is a small, additional tool that makes it easy to allow your Mac(s) to be monitored directly with PeakHour. It can automatically configure and start your Mac's snmpd (SNMP daemon) to enable it to listen to requests from SNMP clients such as PeakHour.
Get PeakHour Enabler
Get the latest version of PeakHour Enabler here:
Using PeakHour Enabler
To enable your Mac for monitoring with PeakHour:
- Download PeakHour Enabler by clicking the link above.
- Run PeakHour Enabler from your Downloads folder:
- Change any settings you'd like (see below for more information).
Note: we recommend you either disable the "From other computers" option or change the community string / password to something other than public.
- Click Update & Enable SNMP.
- When prompted, enter your local Mac account password.
- Configure PeakHour to monitor your Mac (see below for how to do this).
PeakHour Enabler Settings
There are essentially two settings that you can configure:
|SNMP Community - From this computer||This is the SNMP community (or password) that will be required to talk to this Mac via SNMP from this computer. If PeakHour is running on this Mac, this is the SNMP community you need to enter when clicking the Add SNMP Device button in PeakHour.|
|SNMP Community - From other computers|
This is the SNMP community (or password) that will be required to talk to this Mac via SNMP from other computers on your local network. If PeakHour is running on a different Mac on your network, this is the SNMP community you need to enter when clicking the Add SNMP Device button in PeakHour.
Note you can disable SNMP access from other computers by unchecking the checkbox.
Once you have enabled snmpd on your Mac using the steps above, you can now add your Mac as a Target to PeakHour.
Here's a quick illustration of how to do this:
- Click the + button in Preferences > Targets (if you're launching for the first time, you can skip this step as the Configuration Assistant will appear automatically).
If you specified public for the community name, click Scan for SNMP Devices checkbox to automatically find your Mac on the local network.
The line highlighted in red is the local machine, which we just set up with PeakHour Enabler.
If you chose something other than public as the community string, or your Mac is on a different network, click the Add SNMP Device... button and enter the Hostname / IP address of your Mac along with the community name in the next screen.
If you disabled From other computers in PeakHour Enabler, you must enter 'localhost' as the Device Name.
- Next, choose an interface to monitor. Note that interface names in SNMP to do not resemble those in Network Preferences. If you're unsure which interface to choose (e.g. is en0 Ethernet or WiFi), double-check the IP address shown in PeakHour with the IP address in System Preferences.
- Step through the rest of the wizard and adjust any additional settings.
- You should now be able to see your Mac's network activity in PeakHour: