How to Monitoring Network Devices using ICMP Ping on Zabbix server

You are an administrator system with many servers, you want to check which servers are online and which servers for some reason lose connection.

We usually use the command ping to checking the servers are online or offline through the ICMP protocol.

Zabbix Server can completely help you monitor devices through ICMP ping.

And in this tutorial, We will learn How to Monitoring Network Decives using ICMP Ping on the Zabbix server

In the previous tutorial, Zabbix Server was installed and we stipulate the following:

  • Zabbix Server
    • Zabbix server 6.x LTS or latest
    • IP address:
    • User privileges: root or non-root user with root privileges.
  • Remote network device is a wifi router
    • Hostnam: WIFI-1
    • IP address:

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Step 1 – Install Fping tool on Zabbix server

Open Terminal and switch to mode root user


cd /

Sample output:

Switch to mode Root

Next, we need to install the FPING tool to enable Zabbix to perform ICMP checks.

Run the command below to install the FPING tool:

apt install fping -y

After the FPING tool is installed, we need to find the location of the FPING program

which fping

From the output, the location of the FPING is /usr/bin/fping

The fping must be executable by the user Zabbix daemons run as root.

Run the command below to change permission on /usr/bin/fping directory

chown root:zabbix /usr/bin/fping*

chown 4710 /usr/bin/fping*

ll /usr/bin/fping*

Sample output:

Find location of pfing

Step 2 – Integrate FPING with Zabbix server

Using VIM editor open /etc/zabbix/zabbix_server.conf file

vim /etc/zabbix/zabbix_server.conf

Add two lines below at the end of the page

FpingLocation=/usr/bin/fping  ### Location of the FPING tool

Sample output:

Integrate Fping with Zabbix

Save and exit file, don’t forget to restart Zabbix server for the change to take effect

sudo systemctl restart zabbix-server

Step 3 – Add Network device using ICMP Ping module

Login the Zabbix Server via web browser:

Login Zabbix server

In the left pane, choose Configuration – choose Hosts – in the right panel choose Create host

Create a new host

In the page New host:

  • Hostname: WIFI-1 ( Hostname of remote device)
  • Visible name: WIFI-1
  • Templates: choose Select
    • In the page Templates click to Select button ( of Host group)
    • In the page Host groups choose Templates/Modules
    • After choose Templates/Modules in Host group, check to ICMP Ping and click Select
  • Groups: choose Select choose Templates/Network devices
  • Interfaces: click Add – choose Agent
    • Agent : ( IP of the remote device)
  • Others : keep default
  • Then click Add to add host
Add network device

If the connection between the Zabbix server and remote device is fine, you should see the status is Green

Host addedHost added

Step 4 – Create ICMP Ping graphs for network device

On the device added, click to Graph

Add Graphs

In the page Graphs click to Create graph

Create graph

Choose like as below:

  • Name: Set your name
  • Graph type: Stacked
  • Items: click to Add button – in the page Items select all (ICMP loss, ICMP ping, ICMP response time) and click to Select button.
  • Others: keep default
  • Then click Add button to add the graph for devices
Add items

Graph added

Graph added

After Graph added, on the left navigation panel, choose Monitoring – choose Hosts – in the right panel, click on your host and choose Graphs to check the Graphs

Check Graph

And here is the result:


That’s all. You can monitor your network devices via ICMP ping.

Thank you for reading !!!

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