I am connected on a VDSL line, not by choice, but here we are. DSL is many things, but consistent it not one of them, so I thought it’d be interesting to graph out the SNR and the line rate of the connection.
This is an NBN FTTN circuit, I run Mikrotiks for the routing, but I have a Draytek Vigor 130 that acts as a dumb modem and connects to the Tik.
Draytek exposes this info via SNMP, but the OIDs / MIBs are not part of the standard Prometheus snmp_exporter, so I’ve added them into snmp_exporter.yaml and restarted the snmp_exporter service.
I’ve been adding SNMP support to an open source project I’ve been working on (PyHSS) to generate metrics / performance statistics from it, and this meant staring down SNMP again, but this time I’ve come up with a novel way to handle SNMP, that made it much less painful that normal.
The requirement was simple enough, I already had a piece of software I’d written in Python, but I had a need to add an SNMP server to get information about that bit of software.
For a little more detail – PyHSS handles Device Watchdog Requests already, but I needed a count of how many it had handled, made accessible via SNMP. So inside the logic that does this I just increment a counter in Redis;
Then when you run it, presto, you’re exposing that data via SNMP.
You can verify it through SNMP walk or start integrating it into your NMS, in the above example OID 184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.0.2, contains the value of Answer_280_attempt_count from Redis, and with that, you’re exposing info via SNMP, all while not really having to think about SNMP.
*Ok, you still have to sort which OIDs you assign for what, but you get the idea.
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