Stands for Simple Network Management Protocol. An application-layer protocol designed for monitoring and managing network devices, such as routers, switches and wi-fi connected devices, and their functions. SNMP uses one or more manager-computers to oversee the devices via an agent, a software program that feeds information to managers.

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First released 1989
Latest stable version 3

Interesting facts

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) defines SNMP as a part of the Internet Protocol Suite, which is a set of network management standards.


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