X Broadcast Plug-in - Technical Reference


The Geneos X Broadcast plug-in monitors (UDP) broadcast traffic and displays statistics such as the data rate and packet rate, for a list of user-defined services.

The Netprobe host must be able to "listen" for the required broadcast traffic (i.e. it should be on the same network segment as the broadcast source).



The X Broadcast plug-in produces a single view, with one row per configured broadcast service.

Table Legend

Name Description
name The service name, as configured by the user.
port The service port, as configured by the user.
dataRecvRate Data received in Kb/s, averaged over the sample interval.
pktRecvRate Packets received per second, averaged over the sample interval.
tmSinceLastPkt Number of seconds since the last packet was received.
srcHost The IP address of the host which sent the last packet.

Plug-in Configuration

The X Broadcast plug-in listens to all broadcast data, matching the destination ports with those configured by the user.

Plug-in configuration is placed in the x-broadcast configuration section.


Specifies a comma-separated list of network interface names to monitor broadcast data on.

On UNIX machines, interface names can be found using the command "ifconfig -a". Example names are "eth0" or "ce0".

On Windows machines, interface names can be listed by running Netprobe using the "-ifconfig" command-line option. A Windows interface name will look similar to the following:


Mandatory: Yes


Specifies the list of broadcast sessions that this plug-in will monitor.

Mandatory: Yes

sessions > session > var-name

The name of the broadcast session - this is the name which will be displayed in the view (as the row name). Session names should be unique within each plug-in instance.

Mandatory: Yes

sessions > session > var-port

The port of the broadcast session - broadcast packets received on this port will be added to the monitoring statistics for this session.

Mandatory: Yes


The plug-in requires the netprobe to be run with root permissions (on Unix operating systems) or as a local Administrator on Windows, as it needs to open network devices.

On Linux kernel versions 2.6.24 and up, an alternative to running the netprobe as root is available: Set the CAP_NET_RAW and CAP_NET_ADMIN Linux capability on the netprobe binary with the command "setcap cap_net_raw,cap_net_admin+eip <netprobe binary>" replacing <netprobe binary> with the appropriate netprobe binary file such as 'netprobe.linux_64'.

When running the netprobe with set capabilities, the lib64 folder in the netprobe directory should be put in the trusted paths. Otherwise, the runtime libraries will not be loaded properly. For guidance, see Run Netprobe under elevated privileges in Linux in .

On Solaris an alternative is to run the netprobeGXL program available from ITRS Support. This program is an auditable utility which runs as setuid root. The purpose of this program is to open the network device which is then passed to Netprobe, so that Netprobe does not need to run as root.

Third Party Libraries

Windows: The Winpcap packet capture library ( needs to be installed on the host. Version 4.0.2 is required for Windows Vista/Server 2003 support.

Unix: The shared library (version 1.0.0 or later is recommended) needs to be in the netprobe lib64 directory.

Note: As the netprobe needs to be run as root the LD_LIBRARY_PATH is ignored for security reasons.