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A Living View of Your Network

InterMapper’s network mapping software bring your network to life, presenting real-time views of your network’s health. InterMapper provides total visibility into your network status at a glance:

  • Color-coded icons indicate severity level of routers, switches, servers, workstations, etc.
  • Interconnections between routers, switches, and other equipment.
  • Intuitive animation depicts real-time network traffic.
  • Maps can be arranged in physical, logical, or geographic layouts.
  • Multiple views highlight device details, interconnections, and staff assignments.
  • Map "slideshows" rotate at user-defined intervals to show NOC staff the state of all maps.

Color Coding Shows Network Health
The color scheme for an icon’s status uses yellow, orange, red, and flashing red to represent warning, alarm, critical, and down states, respectively. These states are set when a probe determines that the device has exceeded some threshold. 

When a device icon color changes, it may trigger an alert. Once a repair has been initiated (even before you have fixed it) you can “acknowledge” the device. This turns the icon blue and stops any further notifications that may otherwise be sent. It also leaves the map in a state that any other hot color (yellow, orange, red) will stand out and indicate further problems.

Traffic Statistics Shown Automatically
InterMapper network traffic flow monitoring retrieves traffic and error rate statistics from devices that speak SNMP. If the traffic exceeds certain thresholds, InterMapper draws animated traffic indicators (our customers call these “the ants”) beside the links interconnecting the devices. Traffic above 50% or 90% has a yellow or orange background (a “halo”) behind the link to make high traffic easily visible.

Our network mapping software allows you to create sub-maps, which display a hierarchical view of your network. A sub-map displays detailed information about a part of your network: a geographic region, a building, the network backbone, etc. You can then make a top-level map that includes icons of all sub-maps. Features of sub-maps include:

  • Icons on top-level map to show state of most serious condition on a sub-map.
  • Access to sub-maps is controlled via username and password or IP address restrictions.
  • Sub-maps are accessible through direct IP connections, VPNs and through a user-selected port of a firewall.
  • Sub-maps can be hosted on a remote InterMapper server, yet seen through the top-level map.

Network Documentation
InterMapper network traffic monitoring and reporting provides live, always-updated documentation for your network. Not only do you see up-to-date traffic and other information about everything on the network, but InterMapper’s layer-3 autodiscovery determines the router interfaces on your network and makes the right connections on the map. InterMapper also continually checks for new interfaces and adds them to the map. 

Once you have a map set up, you can use it for your day-to-day management. If there are network failures, you have an accurate picture of the most recent state of the network to help with troubleshooting.

Google Earth Integration 
InterMapper displays information about your network as a layer or a place in Google Earth. The devices and links from an InterMapper map will be superimposed on the background of the Google Earth application. This makes it easy for non-technicians to view the network status with an attractive backdrop in the Google Earth window.

  • Your network equipment is represented by green, yellow, orange, or red icons.
  • Links between devices are shown as lines interconnecting the equipment.
  • Status windows for each of these items are displayed when you click on them.
  • Each InterMapper map is represented as one of the "Places" in Google Earth.

Gallery of Customer Maps
Our customers have provided screen shots for a number of maps to show how they’re using InterMapper. You can look through the possibilities at the Map Gallery.


Create maps in physical, logical or geographic layouts to give NOC a live view of the network.
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2014