I currently have an HP MSR20-20 router and am trying to make heads and tails of the snmpbulkwalk output. The majority of it is what i'd expect such as

ifIndex.1 = INTEGER:1
ifDescr.1 = STRING: Ethernet0/0
ifType.1 = INTEGER: ethernetCsmacd(6)

However, I get to a later point in the output where I see the following

mib- = INTEGER:1
mib- = INTEGER:1
mib- = INTEGER:1

Is there a MIB database I can reference to understand the mib- and other MIBS that aren't described in a readable manner? I'm assuming this means that the switch, which is off of ETH/0 can route to

However, some other documentation would be really helpful. I'll assume my google-fu is a bit off.

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In this case, since the OID starts with MIB-2, you need the MIB-II mib described in RFC 1213 here : https://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1213.txt

In this case, mib- refers to an entry in the Address Table group (mib-2.3), which is deprecated but still available on many devices for backwards compatibility, and basically gives you access to the device's ARP table. The table is indexed by interface index and ip address.

You can usually find MIBs by just googling an OID that you have (or at least the beginning of the OID). Cisco also has a good OID lookup tool on its site at http://tools.cisco.com/Support/SNMP/do/BrowseOID.do?local=en

  • Great! One slightly on/off topic question. Any idea why a router when running snmpwalk on it would return the MIB instead of a description? For example return atTable instead of the long mib
    – ist_lion
    Jun 9, 2016 at 14:41
  • It's actually probably your tool which is doing that, presenting a user friendly abbreviation rather than a raw OID. This is often the case for the most common standard MIBs, which are baked into the SNMP tools themselves. Jun 9, 2016 at 14:56
  • And actually, it you are using snmpwalk, you can specify the -On option to display the "raw" OIDs rather than the MIB abbreviations. See here for details: net-snmp.org/docs/man/snmpcmd.html Jun 9, 2016 at 15:05

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