Introducing the new MQTT sensors for PRTG

 Originally published on August 19, 2020 by Michael Becker
Last updated on August 19, 2020 • 7 minute read

Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) is a simple lightweight protocol for transmitting data between machines. It has become one of the most important protocols in the internet of things (IoT) and now plays a major role for many companies. However, this protocol has already existed since 1999 and was developed by IBM. In 2014, it was approved as a standard by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standard (OASIS).

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Nowadays MQTT is indispensable for many industrial companies and forms the basis for their production. In order to avoid malfunctions or failures during the production process, the need for a monitoring solution is becoming ever greater. This is where PRTG Network Monitor comes into play. PRTG offers IT admins in industrial companies an all-inclusive solution to monitor everything that deals with MQTT.

IT/OT convergence is an important topic and we want to enable our users to combine these two worlds into one within PRTG.

For this purpose, there are 3 MQTT sensors available which I would like to introduce:

  • MQTT Round Trip sensor
  • MQTT Statistics sensor
  • MQTT Subscribe Custom sensor

MQTT Round Trip sensor (beta)

Using this sensor enables you to monitor the availability of an MQTT broker to ensure your devices can transmit their data. This sensor checks if a connection to the broker can be established, if the broker accepts messages, if the broker forwards message to a matching subscriber and measures the connection times and the round trip time from publishing a message until receiving it back on a subscribed topic.

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The sensor can show the following:

  • Message round-trip time (RTT)
  • Round trip status
  • Publisher connection time
  • Subscriber connection time

For more details, please have a look at the PRTG Manual.

 

MQTT Statistics sensor (beta)

Since the release of version 20.2.59, the MQTT Statistics sensor is available. This allows you to check if your IoT devices and the broker are sending messages. The sensor monitors MQTT topics and shows related statistics of the broker, like the number of incoming messages from a subscribed topic and the received payload.

PRTG-MQTT-Statistics-Sensor

The sensor can show the following:

  • Messages received since the last scan
  • Payload received

For more details, please have a look at the PRTG Manual.

 

New: MQTT Subscribe Custom sensor (beta)

This brand-new sensor, released in version 20.3.61, subscribes to an MQTT topic and monitors up to five numerical values from the received JSON data. You can configure the displayed values in the channels according to your needs. Together with the MQTT Round Trip and MQTT Statistics sensors, you are now perfectly equipped for MQTT monitoring with PRTG.

PRTG-MQTT-Subscribe-Custom-sensor

The sensor can show the following:

  • Numerical values returned by received JSON data

For more details, please have a look at the PRTG Manual.

👆 This sensor is also in the beta phase. The operating methods and the available settings can change at any time. Do not expect that all functions work properly, or that this sensor works exactly as expected.

 

How do you use MQTT in your infrastructure and how could you use these sensors? We are looking forward to your comments or feedback on the MQTT sensors! Gladly also by email to support@paessler.com.