While searching for a good IT administrative tool for managing switches and routers, I ran across OidView SNMP MIB Browser and Toolset by ByteSphere Technologies.  OidView is a modular toolset that allows you to perform a variety of functions on the devices in your network, and it primarily uses SNMP communication to perform these tasks. Included in the toolset: are MIB Browser, a MIB Compiler, and MIB Manager, a performance OID poller, a programmable interface grid, an SNMP Trap Manager, a PDU Trace module, the ENTITY-MIB module, a notification module, the SNMP Testing module, and finally, a Subnet discovery module.

Of the most popular tools in this toolset are the SNMP MIB Browser, Interface Grid. The MIB Browser allows you to explore and administer different sections of the MIB on the target device. Most MIB Browsers are either too simple or complex, but OidView’s MIB Browser has an intuitive user-interface along with a user-friendly and patent-pending method of acquiring MIBs and loading them into the database. Couple this with in-grid editing capability and the simple way of looking up OIDs, sorting MIB objects and real-time result grouping and sorting capabilities, this SNMP MIB Browser clearly stands out from the crowd.

            The interface grid is not simply a “switch-port” mapper that has become popular among other vendors. The tool has the ability to read in definitions for different technologies that have been modeled in XML - they can be displayed as layers of data interwoven into the grid. For example, a router running Frame Relay can show a serial port and then underneath that port show the DLCI (data link connection identifier) information. A simple double-click on a cell in a row will display real-time statistics for that port or the frame-relay DLCI. The same is possible with all sorts of other data, including ATM, DOCSIS cable interfaces, routing and bridging technologies, etc.