PeakHour can monitor the bandwidth usage of any device that supports SNMP. Enabling SNMP will enable PeakHour to monitor the specific bandwidth usage of your computers, providing a more granular breakdown of their usage.

This is article explains how to enable SNMP on the three most popular desktop operating systems: Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. 

Mac OS X

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Microsoft Windows

On most Windows systems, the SNMP service is not installed by default. Follow these steps to install it:

Installing the SNMP service

  1. Click Start > Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features
  2. On the left-hand side, click Turn Windows features on or off
  3. Scroll to Simple Network Device Management Protocol (SNMP) and click the checkbox to select it.
  4. Click OK

The SNMP service will install.

Configuring the SNMP service

  1. Click Start >Settings >Control Panel >Administrative Tools and then open Computer Management.

  2. In the tree view, expand Services and Applications and then click Services.

  3. In the list of services, scroll down and locate SNMP Service

  4. Under the Action menu, click Properties

  5. Click the Security tab.
  6. Under Accepted community names, click Add

  7. Under Community Rights, choose READ ONLY

  8. In Community Name, type a case-sensitive community name, and then click Add. More information: SNMP Community.

  9. Specify whether or not to accept SNMP packets from a specific host or all hosts: 

    • To accept SNMP requests from any host on the network, click Accept SNMP packets from any host.

    • To limit SNMP requests to specific hosts, click Accept SNMP packets from these hosts, click Add and type the appropriate host name or IP address, and then click Add again.

  10. Click Apply to apply the changes.

Example SNMP configuration


Installing net-snmpd on Linux varies widely from distribution to distribution. We recommend you consult the documentation / support forms / communities for the most up-to-date instructions for your distribution.