Documentation forNetwork Performance Monitor
Monitoring network performance is a key capability of Hybrid Cloud Observability and is also available in a standalone module, Network Performance Monitor (NPM). Hybrid Cloud Observability and NPM are built on the self-hosted SolarWinds Platform.

Monitor SD-WAN for Meraki organizations with Hybrid Cloud Observability

Starting with SolarWinds Hybrid Cloud Observability 2022.2, you can enable SD-WAN monitoring on your Meraki orchestrators (dashboards).

NPM starts supporting SD-WAN monitoring in version 2022.3.

For monitored Meraki nodes, you can see both WLC and cloud orchestrator information. You can use alerts and reports relevant for SD-WAN monitoring.

Monitor Meraki nodes as Wireless Controllers

  • You can display access point statuses polled via API.
  • Clients are polled for the entire network using one API request instead of multiple requests for each device.
  • The API request includes SSID information.

Monitor SD-WAN Edge devices

Add edge devices managed by a monitored Meraki cloud orchestrator to get further details via Meraki API.

  • You can display general details, such as edge device name, model, serial number, status, or type.
  • You can display all IP addresses for a specific Meraki SD-WAN device and properly match IPs received in NetFlow data to the node.
  • You can display CDP and LLDP data from Meraki SD-WAN devices and build connections between them.
  • You can display VLANs and Port Maps data from Meraki SD-WAN devices.
  • You can display High Availability details in the Warm Spare widget, such as HA role, or HA mode.
  • You can monitor uplinks (WAN interfaces), VPN tunnels, VPN tunnel metrics, and performance score.

Monitor cloud orchestrators

  • You can display status and response time, polled via REST (Meraki API).
  • You can display the list of all devices managed by a cloud orchestrator and add these devices in a simplified discovery.

Monitor devices protected by Warm Spare

You can monitor SD-WAN edge devices protected by Meraki Warm Spare to be highly available.

If you are using Warm Spare, do not use shared LAN ports and make sure each device from the Warm Spare has a dedicated IP address for SNMP polling.

With different IP addresses, Primary and Spare devices are monitored as separate nodes. If you use LAN ports with shared IPs and a failover occurs, the polled device depends on your SolarWinds Platform version:

  • In 2022.2, SNMP polling is switched to the Spare (Active) device but REST API continues to poll the Primary (Passive) device.
  • In 2022.3, both SNMP and REST API poll the Spare (Active) device.

Monitor VPN tunnels for Meraki SD-WAN devices

VPN tunnel names are created as follows:

{Source Interface Name} → {Peer Network Name}:{Peer Interface Name}

Meraki SD-WAN setup and monitoring steps

Review the supported Meraki series

Supported devices must have SNMP SysObjectIDs from the following range: -

Only the following series of Meraki devices are supported for SD-WAN monitoring.

  • Meraki MX series
  • VMX100
  • Meraki Z-Series (Teleworker): Z3, Z3C

Add new SD-WAN devices for monitoring in Hybrid Cloud Observability

To monitor SD-WAN, add the Meraki orchestrator to the SolarWinds Platform database as an external node, and then add edge devices.

Each monitored Meraki orchestrator uses a node license.

Add Meraki orchestrator

  1. Log in to the SolarWinds Platform Web Console as an administrator.

  2. Click Settings > Manage Nodes, and click Add a Node.

  3. In Polling Method, select Orchestrators: API.

  4. Under Orchestrators, select Meraki Devices.

    The Polling Hostname or IP Address is disabled and is used as the default host name for Meraki networks. If your Meraki organization has a different domain suffix, such as or, go to Advanced configuration, and change the MerakiCloudName.

    1. Log in to Advanced configuration. See Access the Advanced Configuration.
    2. Search for MerakiCloudName on the Global tab.
    3. Change the MerakiCloudName to your organization and save your changes.
  5. Provide the API Key you generated in the Cisco Meraki Dashboard.

  6. Make sure that both boxes are selected:

  7. If you have multiple organizations registered, click Get Organization List, and select the organization. If you have one registered organization, it is selected by default.

    Polling Meraki dashboards uses the global HTTP proxy settings. To change the defaults, click the Configure proxy link.

  8. Review and adjust the device properties.

    1. Review your API key, organization, and proxy settings.

    2. To edit how often the node status, or monitored statistics are updated, change the values in the Polling area.

      For critical nodes, you may need to poll status information or collect statistics more frequently than the default polling intervals.

    3. Enter values for custom properties for the node.

      The Custom Properties area is empty if you have not defined any custom properties for the monitored nodes. See "Add custom properties to nodes" in the SolarWinds Platform Administrator Guide.

    4. To adjust when the status of the node changes to Warning or Critical, edit alerting thresholds for the metric. Select the Override box and set thresholds for the node.

  9. Click OK, Add Node.

The Meraki orchestrator is now monitored as a wireless controller node and as a SD-WAN orchestrator. After the first poll, you can see the wireless data from the device in the SolarWinds Platform Web Console. Add connected Meraki devices to complete the SD-WAN configuration.

Add Meraki devices connected to the orchestrator

When you have added the Meraki orchestrator for monitoring, you need to add edge devices you want to monitor.

  1. In SolarWinds Platform Web Console, click Settings > Manage Nodes.

  2. On the Manage Nodes view, click the added Meraki orchestrator node.

  3. On the SD-WAN Orchestrator Details view, click Discover Meraki Devices in the Management widget.

  4. How do I add SD-WAN edge devices for monitoring?

    When you click Discover Meraki Devices button on the SD-WAN Orchestrator Details page, Hybrid Cloud Observability requests Meraki device hostnames and IP addresses from the Meraki Orchestrator.

    A simplified version of Network Sonar Wizard opens and the details from the orchestrator are automatically listed in the IP Addresses box.

  1. In Network Sonar Discovery, review the hostnames and IP addresses received from the orchestrator. Include only the devices you want to monitor and click Next.

  2. On SNMP, make sure SNMP credentials for the devices are listed and click Next. If appropriate credentials are not listed, click Add New Credential, and define a new set.

  3. Complete the wizard by clicking Discover on the last tab. The wizard searches your network for the hostnames/IP addresses.

  4. Discovered devices are listed in the Network Sonar Results wizard. Complete the wizard to add the devices for monitoring.

When you finish the wizard, go to the SD-WAN Orchestrator Details page (Settings > Manage Nodes > click the orchestrator node). After the next poll, the page will display data not only for the orchestrator, but also for monitored edge devices.

Configure SD-WAN monitoring on devices already monitored with SolarWinds Platform

If you monitored SD-WAN nodes in a previous version, using either SNMP or Meraki API and upgraded to Hybrid Cloud Observability, enable SD-WAN polling.

  1. In SolarWinds Platform Web Console, edit the node properties.

  2. Click Settings > Manage Nodes, select the node and click Edit properties.

  3. On the Node Detail page, click Edit Node in the Management widget.

  4. On Edit Properties, make sure Meraki Devices is selected as the polling method. See Add Meraki Orchestrator.

  5. Select the Enable polling for SD-WAN metrics box and submit your changes. When you go to the Node Details view, the SD-WAN Orchestrator Details page opens by default. The Wireless Summary Details view for the device is available as a subview on the left-hand side of the view.

  6. Add SD-WAN edge devices.

After the first poll, you can see SD-WAN data in the widgets.

Monitor SD-WAN for Meraki devices

When you enable SD-WAN polling for Meraki devices, and click the node, the SD-WAN Orchestrator Details page opens.

By default, it includes widgets you can use to manage the device, view the device details, active alerts, latest events, or AppStack for the device.

The following devices display SD-WAN related details.

Edge Devices

This widget lists device names, IP addresses, models, serial numbers and network IDs.

Edge Device Performance and Edge Device Status

These charts display performance and status of individual edge devices in time.

Network Topology

This widget displays existing physical connections between monitored devices.

Orchestrator Inventory

This widget displays a list of Meraki devices connected to managed orchestrators. Devices managed by Hybrid Cloud Observability are marked in the Managed by Platform column..

To add unmanaged devices, click the Discover Meraki Devices button and add them for monitoring.


This widget displays a map of physical and logical connections for the orchestrator. See SolarWinds Platform Maps.

Top Tunnels

On SD-WAN Orchestrator views, the widget displays the metric data (jitter, latency, or packet loss) for top VPN tunnels based on the metric. The widget shows top tunnels on all edges monitored by the orchestrator.

On an edge Node Details view, the widget displays the metric data (jitter, latency, or packet loss) for VPN tunnels on the node.

By default, the widgets display a maximum of 10 tunnels. To change the number of tunnels displayed, complete the following steps:

  1. Using an account with administrative privileges, click Settings > All Settings and then click Web Console Settings.
  2. In Classic Chart Settings, provide the appropriate number of tunnels to be displayed as the value for Maximum number of data series displayed on chart and submit your changes.

VPN Connections

On SD-WAN Orchestrator views, this widget displays VPN tunnels for all edges paired with the orchestrator.

On an edge Node Details view, the widget displays VPN tunnels for the edge.

This widget is not displayed by default. See Add widgets to SolarWinds Platform views.

VPN Tunnels

This widget displays VPN tunnels configured in the organization networks.

WAN UpLinks

This widget displays a list of uplinks, showing status of individual uplinks, interface names, local and public IP Addresses.

Warm Spare

This widget displays details about devices in the High Availability mode.