MRTG – Multi Router Traffic Grapher

You have probably already heard of MRTG, but what are the differences between Cacti and MRTG? MRTG has been around for some time with Version 1 being released in 1995, about 6 years before the first version of Cacti.

MRTG provides the ability to gather network performance data on a scheduled basis, and a fast graphical view of network use with historic data for comparison is available.

Both use RRD files to store performance data and also use a web interface to display the graphs. The major difference between MRTG and Cacti is the feature-rich web application that Cacti offers. The whole configuration for the system is done using the Cacti web interface whereas MRTG only offers text-based configuration files. ...

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