Where to see graphs of peak bandwidth usage?

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Where to see graphs of peak bandwidth usage?

L2 Linker

Hi, I'm new to using PaloAlto devices, we have PA-440's and don't use panorama.

We are moving internet providers so in deciding what type of connection to purchase I need to see some graphing of our internet bandwidth usage of all traffic in and out on the internet interface.

I've seen the bandwidth graphs under Network - QoS, but they only seem to show realtime and not the last day/week/month, etc.

I've seen the Monitor - App Scope - Network Monitor graphs but they are averages over a time period (changing depending on timeframe is chosen).

The CLI 'show system statistics session' is no use as is only an instant in time. 

I'm wanting to see the instantaneous peaks over time in some graph, can someone tell me how please?

Regards, Bryce.


L6 Presenter

Interesting question 🙂


From what I see from old posts about the same better use external monitoring system like nagios for example to have global not per application reports:




For a specific interface maybe this will work:








You can add same filters to Query Builder box that you use in

Monitor > Logs > Traffic

For example ( zone.src eq INSIDE ) and ( zone.dst eq OUTSIDE )


Also you may try achrome extension but with newer F5 versions there are issues with it. Other than that maybe try the AIOPS  feature and see what it has.







You may search the comunity discussions for more answers as it seems that many people have asked this question 🙂

L2 Linker

Thanks for links. I have been searching community also.  Nothing seems to make it easy, the most promising was the achrome addon but comments say it doesn't work with PA versions 9 or 10.

The cacti solution seems too much overhead and setup for wanting such a simple statistic/graph output.

Other solutions all seem to give averages, I need to know my peaks to size the pipe appropriately.

I would have expected the firewall to be able to give this info, especially since it already knows this data in real time and can display that, so very disappointed 😞

Cyber Elite
Cyber Elite

ACC tab will show you how much data in GB was transferred in 15 minute increments.


Network > QoS > Statistics will show you how much data will exit interface in real time (QoS applies to egress interface).

Unless QoS policy classifies traffic to different class all traffic is in class 4 by default.




You can also see interface throughput in cli following https://knowledgebase.paloaltonetworks.com/KCSArticleDetail?id=kA10g000000Clj0CAC


For historic data you need to use external monitoring that will poll data over SNMP.

Enterprise Architect, Security @ Cloud Carib Ltd
Palo Alto Networks certified from 2011

L2 Linker

Thanks Raido, but the 15 minute intervals is too broad to see what sort of peaks may have occurred in that time. If I had 1GB of data in 15 minute period was that 1MB/sec fairly constantly or was that peaks of 50MB/sec for only 20 seconds or so, very different as to what type of connection I will require.  Several broadband providers asked for our bandwidth peaks in per second intervals to size the pipe properly.

We don't have external monitoring nor do we use of SNMP so can't do that. Going on previous experience with watchguard and microtik devices I thought this sort of statistic would have come as part of the device, especially as it can already show realtime statistic.
Maybe there is a feature enhancement list somewhere this could be added to?  (but that won't help my situation today).

Cheers, Bryce.

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