Monitoring CeroWrt with SNMP and NetFlow

There are optional packages that allow you to install SNMP and NetFlow agents on CeroWrt.

The Automated Configuration of CeroWrt page provides a script that (optionally) performs both these actions as well as allowing you to configure other aspects of your router in a single step. For reference, the GUI process for enabling SNMP and NetFlow procedures are documented here.

Installing and configuring SNMP on CeroWrt

The Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is a protocol that allows network management stations to retrieve operational statistics from CeroWrt. The snmpd package implements MIB-II for traffic statistics and system information; IF-MIB for detailed information about high-speed interfaces; the UCD-SNMP and Host Resources MIBs for processor, disk, and memory utilizations. To install and configure SNMP:

  1. Click the “S” tab on the Available Packages page. Find the “snmpd” entry.
  2. Click the Install link for the snmpd entry to install the SNMP daemon.
  3. Log in via ssh to complete these steps, or use the shell script below:
  4. To enable snmpd, type: /etc/init.d/snmpd start
  5. To force snmpd to start when the box reboots, type: /etc/init.d/snmpd enable
  6. This default install enables SNMPv1 and SNMPv2c with a default read-only community string of ‘public’.
  7. The /etc/snmpd/snmpd.conf file can be configured to change these parameters according to directions elsewhere on the web.

NB: the snmp data apparently only gets updated every 15-30 seconds. Consequently, it gives inaccurate results if it is probed more frequently. (This is especially obvious if you look at traffic counters. Two queries a few seconds apart retrieve the same value, thus the computed data rate appears to be zero. This is a known flaw in the OpenWrt package as well.)

Installing fprobe and configuring CeroWrt to be a NetFlow exporter

NetFlow is a Cisco protocol that permits a router or switch to send (export) a summary of recent traffic to a database (a NetFlow collector) for analysis. The NetFlow data allows a network manager to see who’s sending or receiving traffic, what port(s) are being used, and make other judgements about network traffic.

fprobe is a CeroWrt package that makes the router act as a NetFlow exporter. To install and configure fprobe to send data to your designated collector address on port 2055:

  1. Click the “F” tab on the Available Packages page. Find the “fprobe” entry.
  2. Click the Install link for the fprobe entry.
  3. To start fprobe at boot time, click the System tab, and the Startup sub-tab.
  4. Use the shell script below, or follow the rest of these steps:
  5. Scroll to the Local Startup at the bottom of the page and add the following above the “exit 0” line:
    fprobe -i ge00 -f ip -d 15 -e 60 localhost:2055
    This monitors traffic on interface ge00, filtering (reporting on) IP traffic. The inactive flow timeout is 15 seconds, the active flow timeout is 60 seconds, and flow records will be sent to localhost on port 2055. (You should change ‘localhost’ to the actual IP address of your collector.)
  6. (Optional) Log into the router via ssh, and enter the same command, restart the router to begin NetFlow Export, or use the shell script below

For more information, read the document:“fprobe man page”

A script for automating snmpd and fprobe configuration

The following shell script automates the installation and configuration of snmpd and fprobe. The comments at the top show how to ssh into the router, paste the script into a file in /tmp, then run that file. Note that you should change in both fprobe commands to the address of your own NetFlow collector.

The script has been moved to the Automated Configuration of CeroWrt page.

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