Network Devices

Note: Kentik users whose level is Member are not able to add, edit or remove devices.

The setup and management of devices in the Kentik portal is discussed in the following topics:

Notes:
- Devices may be set up during your organization's initial onboarding with Kentik; see Onboarding.
- If you would like assistance with any aspect of adding or managing a device, please contact us at Customer Support.

The Devices page displays device status and enables you to manage devices.
 

About Devices

Devices are one of two main types of Data Sources in Kentik. Devices are classified as either routers (which includes hardware such as switches and firewalls) or hosts, which utilize Kentik's kprobe software host agent. Devices can send flow data to Kentik (e.g. NetFlow, sFlow, IPFIX), be polled by Kentik for SNMP data, and have BGP data from their routing tables read by Kentik. These various types of data from devices are correlated by Kentik, along with other data such as GeoIP, DNS, etc., into the time-series database at the heart of our backend, the Kentik Data Engine (KDE).

Enabling a device to send data to Kentik involves two main stages:

  • Register a new device in the Kentik portal. Information about that process is included in this article (see Add or Edit Device).
  • Configure the device itself to send flow:
    - If the device is a router or other networking hardware, see Router Configuration.
    - If the device is a host (via kprobe), see Host Configuration.
 

Devices Page

The Devices page of the Kentik portal may be reached by choosing Settings from the main navbar, then clicking on the Networking Devices card at top. All registered devices for a given customer are listed on the page, which includes the following main UI elements:

  • Selection indicator: Indicates how many devices are currently selected in the Device list (see the Select column in Device List Columns). Label controls apply to the selected devices.
  • Label controls: A set of buttons related to labels for devices in the list (see Label Controls).
  • Add Device: A button that opens the Device dialog, where you set the device settings (see Device Settings Dialog).
  • Device List: A table listing your organization’s devices (see Device List).
  • Filters pane: A set of controls that enable you to filter the Device list (see Device List Filters).
 

Device List

The Device List is covered in the following topics:

 
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About the Device List

The Device List is a table that shows information about the listed devices as well as available actions. By default the list is ordered alphabetically by name (ascending). To change the sort order of the list, click on a heading to choose a sort column, and on the resulting blue up or down arrow to choose the sort direction (ascending or descending).

Each row of the Device list shows the device's values for each of the table's columns (see Device List Columns), as well as the actions available for the device (see Device List Actions). You can also show an extensive set of additional details about the device by clicking on the device's row, which slides out the Device Details drawer from the right of the page. If the drawer is already open and you click on the row for a different device then the details will be replaced with details for the new device. To close the drawer click anywhere outside of the Device list.

The Device List provides information and access to device management actions.
 
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Device List Columns

The columns displayed in the Device list depend on the settings in the Customize Columns popup (see Customize Device List). The following columns are available:

  • Select (always present): A checkbox that selects this test for the purpose of clearing or applying labels (see Label Controls):
    Note: The checkbox in the heading row of the table toggles selection of the checkboxes in the individual device rows.
  • Name: Indicates the following:
    - Name: Name of the device as specified when the device was registered or edited.
    - Type: An icon indicating the category of the device (router, host, etc.; see Supported Device Types).
  • ID: The device's Kentik-assigned device ID.
  • Status: A set of icons indicating what types of data Kentik is receiving from the device. Icons are present for the following types of data:
    - Flow: Indicates whether Kentik is receiving flow records from the device.
    - SNMP: Indicates whether Kentik is able to successfully poll the device for SNMP data.
    - BGP v4: Indicates whether Kentik is peering with the device to receive BGP v4 routing data.
    - BGP v6: Indicates whether Kentik is peering with the device to receive BGP v6 routing data.
  • FPS Raw: The rate at which the device has been generating flow records over the last six hours (before any Kentik downsampling).
  • FPS Sampled: The rate at which Kentik has been ingesting flow records from the device over the last six hours. This value is after any downsampling Kentik performs pursuant to the terms of the plan to which the device is assigned.
  • BGP Prefixes: For devices whose Status column shows BGP enabled this column shows the IP v4 (top) and v6 (bottom) prefixes currently (within last 5 minutes) in the BGP routing table.
  • Site: Shows the name of the site to which the device is assigned (see About Sites).
  • IP Address: The IP address(es) from which the device sends data to Kentik.

Customize Device List

Each user may choose which of the columns above are actually displayed to them in the Device list:

  1. Click the Customize button at the upper right of the Device list.
  2. In the resulting Customize Columns popup, use the checkboxes to specify the visibility of each column.
  3. Click anywhere outside the popup to close it. The device list will reflect your column selections, which will be saved as part of your Kentik portal User Profile.
 
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Device List Actions

The following actions are available for each device in the Device list:

  • Edit (not present when the device is archived): Opens an Edit Device dialog in which you can review and (in some cases) edit settings (see Editing a Device).
  • Archive (file box with down arrow; not present when the device is archived): Opens a confirming dialog with which you can archive (deactivate) the device. If you proceed, an "Archived" label will be applied to the device in the Device list, and the device will be archived for seven days, during which it can be restored to active status via the Restore button. If not reactivated during that period it will be permanently removed.
    Note: Flow and other data from an archived device will no longer be ingested into Kentik or included in aggregates or evaluations on any portal page or process, including Network Explorer, Insights, Hybrid Map, etc. The device will remain visible in this list for seven days, after which it will be permanently removed.
  • Restore (file box with up arrow; only present when the device is archived): A button that opens a confirming dialog enabling you to restore an archived device to active status.
  • Remove (trash icon; only present when the device is archived): Opens a confirming dialog with which you can permanently remove the device from your organization's collection of Kentik-registered devices.
    Note: Removing a device will remove all of the device's flow records from the
 

Device Details

The Details pane appears in a drawer that slides out from the right of the page when you click on the device's row in the Device List. The pane contains the device-related information fields described in the topics below:

 
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Device General Details

General information about the device:

  • ID: The device's Kentik-assigned device ID.
  • Name: Indicates the following:
    - Type: An icon indicating the category of the device (router, host, etc.; see Supported Device Types).
    - Name: Name of the device as specified when the device was registered or edited.
  • Labels: The labels, if any, assigned to the device.
  • View in Network Explorer: a button that takes you to the detail page for this device (see Core Detail Pages).
  • Manufacturer: Information about the device, obtained by SNMP polling, including the full name and version identification of the system’s hardware type, software operating-system, and networking software (see sysDescr in System Information OIDs).
  • Description: The description string specified when the device was added or edited.
  • Site: The site to which this device is assigned.
  • Plan: The billing plan to which the device should be added (see About Plans).
  • Kproxy Agents: The kproxy agents, if any, via which flow data is sent from the devices at this site to Kentik (see Kentik Proxy Agent).
  • Sending IPs: IP address(es) from which the device sends flow.
 
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Device Flow Details

Details related to the flow records sent from the device to Kentik (see Flow Overview):

  • Flow: Indicates whether Kentik is receiving flow from the device. The indicator has the following states:
    - No Flow Detected (red): Displayed when no flow is detected from the device.
    - Direct flow detected (green): Flow is coming directly from a router.
    - Kentik Agent detected (green): Flow is coming via Kentik's kproxy software agent (see Kentik Proxy Agent).
  • FPS (Sampled): The rate at which Kentik has been ingesting flow records from the device over the last six hours. This value is after any downsampling Kentik performs pursuant to the terms of the plan to which the device is assigned.
  • FPS (Raw): The rate at which the device has been generating flow records over the last six hours (before any Kentik downsampling).
  • Plan FPS: The maximum FPS supported by the plan to which this device is assigned.
  • Flow Type: The format of the flow data, e.g. NetFlow v5, v9, IPFIX, or sflow (see Flow Protocols).
  • Sample Rate: The ratio of total flows per sampled flow (see Flow Sampling).
 
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Device Interface Details

Details related to the interfaces on the device:

  • Interfaces Classified: The number of classified interfaces, the total number of interfaces, and the percent of interfaces that have been classified (see About Interface Classification).
  • View Interfaces: A button that takes you to the Interfaces page (Settings » Interfaces) where you can manage the interfaces on your devices (see Manage Interfaces).
 
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Device SNMP Details

Details related to SNMP polling of the device by Kentik (see SNMP OID Polling):

  • SNMP status: Current status of SNMP polling, e.g. Detected or Not Detected.
  • SNMP Polling (see SNMP Polling Intervals):
    - If Standard, SNMP polling is every 10 min for interface counters and 3 hrs for descriptions.
    - If Minimal, interface polling is disabled and descriptions are polled every 6 hours.
  • SNMP v3 Auth: Indicates whether v3 authentication for SNMP polling is on or off (see About SNMP V3).
 
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Device BGP Details

Details related to BGP on the device (see BGP Overview):

  • BGP status: Current status of BGP peering with the device, e.g. Established, Not Established, or Not Configured.
  • BGP Prefixes: For devices with BGP enabled this indicator shows the number of prefixes currently (within last 5 minutes) in the BGP routing table.
 
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Device Features

Additional Kentik capabilities enabled on this device:

  • CDN attribution: Enabled if the device is a host and its Contribute to CDN Attribution switch is on in the General tab of the Device Settings dialog (see Device General Settings).
  • Flowspec: Enabled if the device's BGP Flowspec Compatible switch is on in the BGP tab of the Device Settings dialog.
  • RTBH: Enabled if the device is assigned to an RTBH mitigation platform (see RTBH Platform Settings).
 

Label Controls

Kentik's labeling feature enables you to create a label (essentially a property whose value is text) and apply it to one or more entities represented within the Kentik portal, creating a group that can be referenced collectively rather than individually (e.g. when filtering). The Devices page includes the following label-related controls, which apply to the currently selected devices in the Device list:

  • Add/Edit Labels: A button that links to the settings page for Labels, where you can create or remove the labels that are available to apply to the selected devices.
  • Clear Labels: Clear the labels that are applied to all currently selected devices.
  • Apply Labels: A drop-down list of labels from which you can choose a label to apply to all currently selected devices.
  • Select All (checkbox): A checkbox for toggling the selection state of all devices in the Device list:
    - If either no checkboxes in the list itself are checked or only some are checked then clicking this checkbox will select all checkboxes.
    - If all checkboxes in the list are checked, clicking this checkbox will deselect all checkboxes.
 

Device List Filters

The Filters pane to the right of the Device list includes a set of filters that you can use to narrow the devices that appear in the list:

  • Clear All (present only when one or more filters are specified): Click to clear all current filters.
  • Filter field: Filters the Device List to show only rows containing the entered text in one of the following columns: Name, Site, or IP.
  • Site field: Enter a site name to return the rows for all devices in a matching site.
  • Flow Status: Click the checkboxes to include devices in the following categories (if none are checked all are included):
    - Direct flow: Devices for which flow is coming directly from a router or other network hardware.
    - Kentik Agent: Devices for which flow is coming via Kentik's kproxy software agent (see Kentik Proxy Agent).
    - No flow: Devices for which no flow is detected.
  • SNMP status: Click the checkboxes to include devices based on the current status of SNMP polling, e.g. Detected or Not Detected.
  • BGP status: Click the checkboxes to include devices based on the current status of BGP peering with the device, e.g. Established, Not Established, or Not Configured.
  • Plan: Enter a billing plan to which the device is assigned (see Licenses).
  • Label: Click the checkboxes to include devices based on label.
  • Vendor: Click the checkboxes to include devices based on the vendor specified in the device's manufacturer (derived via SNMP polling).
  • Type: Click the checkboxes to include devices of a given type (see Supported Device Types).
  • Flow Type: Click the checkboxes to include devices based on the format of the flow data, e.g. NetFlow v5, v9, IPFIX, or sflow (see Flow Protocols).
 

Device Settings Dialog

Adding or editing a device via the Kentik portal involves specifying information in the fields of the device admin dialogs, which are covered in the following topics.

Note: Devices can also be added and edited with the Device API.

 
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About Device Dialogs

The Kentik portal uses device admin dialogs to collect the information required for Kentik to connect with the device to receive flow, poll SNMP, and establish BGP peering (when applicable). The required information is entered into the fields of either of the following dialogs:

  • Add Device when registering a new device with Kentik.
  • Edit Device when editing an already registered device.
 
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Device Dialogs UI

The Add Device and Edit Device dialogs share the same layout and the following common UI elements:

  • Close button: Click the X in the upper right corner to close the dialog. All elements will be restored to their values at the time the dialog was opened.
  • Tab selectors: Choose the tab to display (see tab-specific topics below).
  • Remove button (Edit Device dialog only): Remove the device from your organization's collection of Kentik-registered devices.
  • Cancel button: Cancel the add device or edit device operation and exit the dialog. All elements will be restored to their values at the time the dialog was opened.
  • Add Device button (Add Device dialog only): Save settings for the new device and exit the dialog.
  • Save button (Edit Device dialog only): Save changes to device settings and exit the dialog.
 
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About Device Fields

Each device admin dialog is broken into the tabs covered in the topics below, each of which is made up of a number of fields. The tabs that are visible at any given moment, and the fields on those tabs, varies depending on the type (router or host) of the device, and whether the device is being added or edited.

Until all required settings on a given tab are entered the tab name is preceded with a caution icon. Once a tab's fields are complete a tab-specific icon is displayed instead.

Notes:
- Some General tab fields that are editable when adding a device are read-only when editing a device.
- In addition to the fields used to enter information, the tabs of the device dialogs also include information used to configure a device to connect with Kentik (see Device Config Info).

 
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Device General Settings

The following table shows the elements in the main panes of the General Settings tab of the device admin dialogs:

Element Add
Device
Edit
Device
(Router)
Edit
Device
(Host)
Description
Name Editable field Fixed field Fixed field User-supplied name string.
Description Editable field Editable field Editable field User-supplied description string.
Type Drop-down menu Drop-down menu Drop-down menu Specify the category of the device (see Supported Device Types).
Note: Older device types for hosts — e.g. DNS (host-nProbe-dns-www), nHst (host-nProbe-basic), and kproxy — are deprecated.
Labels Selector Selector Selector Opens a drop-down selector from which you can assign Device Labels.
Contribute to CDN Attribution Switch
(if Type is host)
N.A. Switch Enables the contribution of DNS data from this device to our CDN Attribution learning algorithms (see About CDN Attribution).
Note: Only present if the device is a kprobe host.
Sending IP(s) Editable field Editable field Editable field IP address(es) from which the router sends flow to Kentik.
Note: The IP must be unique except as described in IP Overloading.
Add Sending IP Button Button Button Adds a new Sending IPs field so you can add an IP.
Sample Rate Editable field Editable field Editable field Total packets transiting the device for each packet processed for flow data (see Flow Sampling).
Notes:
- Kentik may dynamically downsample from this nominal sample rate as needed to keep FPS within limits specified in the plan (see Licenses) to which the device is assigned.
- For hosts, see Sample Rate for Hosts.

Flow Forwarding

In addition to the settings on the General tab, the device itself must be configured to send flow to Kentik, which requires the Kentik IP addresses to which flow should be forwarded by the device. These addresses vary depending on whether flow is sent to Kentik directly from the device or via an instance of kproxy, Kentik's proxy agent. The tabbed pane at the top of the General tab provides the IP addresses needed for these options:

  • Direct: Provides the following information:
    - Kentik Ingest IP
    - Kentik Ingest UDP port
  • Via kproxy: Provides the following information for the kproxy instance chosen from the Select a kproxy drop-down:
    - Kproxy Private IP
    - Kproxy port

IP Overloading

The address specified with Sending IPs must be unique (not used by any other device in your organization) for any device sending flow data directly to Kentik. If, however, a device sends flow data via kproxy (see Kentik Proxy Agent) then an IP specified in the Sending IPs field may be the same as that of an already registered device so long as the following is true:

  • The two devices do not use the same instance of kproxy.
  • Both instances of kproxy specify a valid site ID using the -site_id parameter in the kproxy command line (see kproxy Proxy Agent Arguments).
  • The value of -site_id for the two instances of kproxy is not the same.

Supported Device Types

Kentik currently supports devices in two broad categories:

  • Routers, which include switches and firewalls.
  • Hosts, which include cloud resources.

Devices in the two categories store and report traffic differently (see Device Type), and also have some differences in portal configuration settings, most notably a BGP tab for routers that is not present for hosts. The table below shows the types of devices currently available in the portal, including the category of each.

Portal name Category Subtype Description
Kentik Host Agent (kprobe) Host kprobe Kentik's software host agent (see About kprobe).
NetFlow-enabled Router Router router Hardware router or switch.
A10 CGN Router a10_cgn A10 Thunder Carrier Grade Networking devices (see A10 Thunder CGN Dimensions).
Advanced sFlow Router advanced_sflow Any sFlow device from which you want Kentik to ingest a value for the TTL dimension and/or for the Physical Interface dimensions (Src and Dst), which requires use of Kentik's VLAN Mapping API (ask Customer Support for assistance).
Cisco ASA Router cisco_asa Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (see Cisco ASA Dimensions).
Cisco ASA (Syslog) Router cisco_asa_syslog Syslog data from a Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (see Cisco ASA Syslog Dimensions).
Cisco NBAR-Enabled Router Router cisco_nbar Cisco router that supports traffic prioritization using Network Based Application Recognition (https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/ios-nx-os-software/network-based-application-recognition-nbar/index.html).
Cisco Zone-Based Firewall Router cisco_zone_based_firewall Cisco router using a zone-based firewall (see Cisco Zone-based Firewall).
Darknet Stream N.A.
N.A.
Reserved for Kentik use.
Cisco IOS XR Router ios_xr Data from routers using the IOS XR operating system (see IOS XR Dimensions).
Istio (Beta) Router istio Istio service mesh (see Istio Dimensions).
Process-Aware Telemetry Agent N.A.
N.A.
Reserved for Kentik use.
kProbe True Origin Tap N.A.
N.A.
Reserved for Kentik use.
Cisco Meraki Router meraki A Meraki-managed firewall (see Cisco Meraki Metrics).
MPLS Router Router mpls An MPLS-enabled router (see Using MPLS).
ntop Host Agent (nProbe) Host nprobe Deprecated.
Palo Alto Networks Firewall Router paloalto A PAN firewall (see Palo Alto Networks Firewall).
Juniper PFE (Syslog) Router pfe_syslog Syslog data from a Juniper switch equipped with a Packet Forwarding Engine (see Juniper PFE Syslog Dimensions).
Silver Peak EdgeConnect Router silverpeak Silver Peak appliance running VXOA software (see Silver Peak Dimensions).
Generic Syslog Router syslog A generic device sending syslogs to kproxy (see kproxy Syslog Parsing).
Cisco SD-WAN vEdge Router viptela IPFIX fields in cflowd records from Cisco vEdge SD-WAN routers (see Cisco SD-WAN Dimensions).

Note: In the Device API the above device types are referenced using the subtype values listed above.

Sample Rate for Hosts

Kentik uses the kprobe software host agent to generate network traffic data from hosts (see About kprobe). The sample rate for flow data generated by kprobe involves two settings:

  • The --sample parameter of the kprobe Command Line. This CLI parameter is optional.
  • The Sample Rate field of the Device General Settings tab of the Add Device or Edit Device dialog. This setting is required when a host device is registered in the portal.

The sample rate that is actually used is determined by the following:

  • If the --sample parameter is included in the command line, the CLI-provided value takes precedence over the Sample Rate field value.
  • If the --sample parameter is not included in the command line, the Sample Rate field value is used.

Note: If the value is not set in the command line and the Sample Rate field value is reset in the portal then the corresponding kprobe instance will exit. If kprobe is not run under a supervisor then it must be restarted manually.

 
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Device Plan & Site Settings

The table below shows the elements of the Plan & Site tab of the device admin dialogs.

Note: The available UI types are the same whether you are adding or editing a device.

Element UI type Description
Billing Plan Drop-down menu The billing plan to which the device belongs (see Licenses).
Note: If this field is set to a plan that doesn't support BGP then no settings can be made on the BGP Settings tab.
Site Drop-down menu The site to which the device is assigned (see Manage Sites). If the device is not yet assigned to any site, the drop-down defaults to "None selected."
Create a New Site Button Shows UI for entering information for a new site (see Configure Site Fields).
Role Drop-down menu If architecture is defined in the settings for the selected site (see Manage Sites), choose the role of this device.

Configure Site Fields

When you click the Create a New Site button, the following fields are added to the Plan & Site tab to enable you to enter the information required to create a new site:

  • Site Name: A name for the new site.
  • Street Address: The physical location of the site given as a street address.
  • Use an Existing Site: If you decide not to create a new site, click this button to hide the Configure Site fields and instead choose a site from the Site drop-down.
 
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Device IP & SNMP Settings

The table below shows the elements of the IP & SNMP tab of the device admin dialogs.

Note: This tab is shown only when the device type is router. The available UI types are the same whether you are adding or editing a device.

Element UI type Description
SNMP polling Drop-down menu The polling frequency for SNMP:
- If Standard, interface counter will be polled every 5 minutes and interface description every 30 minutes.
- If Minimum, interface counter won't be polled and interface description will be polled every 6 hours.
Device SNMP IP Editable field The SNMP IP address that will be polled by Kentik.
SNMP Community Editable field The SNMP community to use when polling the router.

Note: Not shown when SNMP v3 is enabled.
SNMP v3 Auth Toggle switch If enabled, SNMP polling will be via SNMP V3 (see About SNMP V3). Available for routers only; overrides SNMP Community setting.
SNMP v3 User Name Editable field The user name for SNMP v3 authentication.

Note: Shown and required only when SNMP V3 is enabled.
SNMP v3 Auth Type Editable field The SNMP v3 authentication protocol:
- None
- MD5 passphrase
- SHA passphrase

Note: Shown only when SNMP V3 is enabled.
SNMP v3 Auth Passphrase Editable field Password for SNMP V3 authentication.

Note: Shown only when SNMP V3 is enabled and Auth Type is not "none."
SNMP v3 Privacy Type Editable field The SNMP V3 privacy type:
- None
- DES (56-bit encryption)
- AES-128

Notes:
- Shown only when SNMP V3 is enabled.
SNMP v3 Privacy Passphrase Editable field Password for SNMP V3 privacy.

Note: Shown only when SNMP V3 is enabled and Priv Type is not "none."

Kentik SNMP Polling IPs

In addition to the settings on the IP & SNMP tab itself, SNMP polling must be configured n the device itself, which requires the IP address from which Kentik will poll the device. This IP is provided at the top of the IP & SNMP tab.

 
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Device BGP Settings

The table below shows the elements of the BGP Settings tab of the device admin dialogs.

Note: The available UI types are the same whether you are adding or editing a device.

Element UI type Description
BGP Type Drop-down menu Choose one of the following:
No peer, use generic IP/ASN mapping: Generic IP/ASN mapping will be used.
Peer with device: Kentik will BGP peer with this device.
Use table from another peered device: the BGP table will be obtained from another device that is already set to peer with Kentik.
BGP Flowspec Compatible Switch Turn on if the router supports MP-BGP and is therefore compatible with BGP Flowspec.
IPv4 Peering Address Editable field The IPv4 address of the peering device.
- Displayed only when BGP is set to "Peer with device."
- RFC1918 addresses are not valid.
- Cannot be an IP that is already being used to peer with a different Kentik device.
IPv6 Peering Address Editable field The Ipv6 address of the peering device.
- Displayed only when BGP is set to "Peer with device."
- RFC1918 addresses are not valid.
- Cannot be an IP that is already being used to peer with a different Kentik device.
ASN Editable field The number (16- or 32-bit) of the autonomous system (AS) to which the peering device belongs.
- Displayed only when BGP is set to "Peer with device."
BGP MD5 Password Editable field Optional shared authentication password for BGP peering; 32 alphanumeric characters.
- Displayed only when BGP is set to "Peer with device."
Master BGP Device Drop-down menu The device whose BGP table will be shared with this device.
- Displayed only when BGP is set to "Use table from another peered device."

Note: Settings can't be made on the BGP Settings tab unless the Billing Plan field (see Device Plan & Site Settings) is set to a plan that supports BGP (see Licenses).

BGP IP Addresses

When BGP Type is set to "Peer with device" and the Peering Address (IPv4 and IPv6) fields listed above are displayed, Kentik's IPv4 and IPv6 peering IPs will be displayed to the right of those fields. You'll need these IPs for BGP configuration on the device.

 
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Device Integrations

The Device integrations tab is used to specify settings for integrations that are specific to an individual device. This tab is currently used only for Kentik Firehose (to specify the ktranslate instance to which the kflow from this device should be sent). For more information, see Firehose Data Sources.

 
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Device Config Info

In addition to internal Kentik settings for registered devices, the tabs of the Add Device and Edit Device dialogs include the following information needed when configuring routers:

  • Kentik ingest IP (General Settings tab): The IP address at Kentik to which your router should be configured to send data.
  • Kentik ingest UDP port (General Settings tab): The port at Kentik to which your router should be configured to send data.
  • SNMP polling IPs (IP & SNMP tab): The IPs from which your router should be configured to allow SNMP polling using the Community supplied in the router configuration.
  • Peering Address (BGP Settings tab): The IPv4 and IPv6 addresses with which to peer devices for BGP (the devices must be in a plan that support BGP; see Licenses).
 

Add or Edit Device

Devices are created and edited via the Devices page of the Kentik portal (choose Admin from the Kentik navbar, then Devices from the sidebar at left). The add/edit process is covered in the following sections:

Note: Settings made in the topics below may also require changes to your device configuration (see Router Configuration or Host Configuration).

 
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Adding a Device

To add (register) a new Device:

  1. Choose Settings from the main Kentik menu.
  2. On the Settings page, click Network Devices.
  3. Open the Add Device dialog by clicking the Add Device button at upper right.
  4. On the General Settings tab, enter a name in the Name field.
  5. Choose the Type (see Supported Device Types), which determines the settings fields that are displayed.
  6. Specify the values of the remaining fields (see Device Settings Dialog).
  7. Save the new device by clicking the Add Device button.

Notes:
- In addition to registering a device you must also configure the device itself to send flow records to Kentik; see Router Configuration or Host Configuration.
- For assistance walking through this process please contact Customer Support.

 
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Editing a Device

To edit an existing Device:

  1. Choose Settings from the main Kentik menu.
  2. On the Settings page, click Network Devices.
  3. In the Device List, click the edit icon in the row for the device that you'd like to edit, which will open the Edit Device dialog.
  4. Edit the fields that you want to change (see Device Settings Dialog).
  5. Save the changes by clicking the Save button.
 
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Removing a Device

Removing a device from your organization's collection of Kentik-registered devices will remove the device's flow records from your Kentik data. To remove a device:

  1. Choose Settings from the main Kentik menu.
  2. On the Settings page, click Network Devices.
  3. In the Device List, click the Archive icon (file box with down arrow) in the row for the device that you'd like to remove.
  4. In the resulting confirmation dialog, read the explanation so you fully understand the implications of archiving a device, the click the Archive button.
  5. In the device's row of the Device List, the device will be tagged as "Archived" and the Edit and Archive buttons will be replaced with Restore (file box with up arrow) and Remove (trash icon) buttons. Click Remove.
  6. In the resulting confirmation dialog, click Cancel to abort the device removal or Remove to complete the removal of the device.
 
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Enabling BGP

To enable the collection of BGP data from a device:

  1. Choose Settings from the main Kentik menu.
  2. On the Settings page, click Network Devices.
  3. In the Device List, click the edit icon in the row for the device that you'd like to edit, which will open the Edit Device dialog.
  4. On the BGP Settings tab, choose “Peer With Device” from the drop-down BGP Type menu. Several new fields will appear on the page:
    - IPv4 Peering Address;
    - Ipv6 Peering Address;
    - ASN;
    - BGP MD5 Password.
  5. Fill in these Device BGP Settings fields, then click Save.
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