SnmpGetTimeout function (winsnmp.h)

[SNMP is available for use in the operating systems specified in the Requirements section. It may be altered or unavailable in subsequent versions. Instead, use Windows Remote Management, which is the Microsoft implementation of WS-Man.]

The WinSNMP SnmpGetTimeout function returns the time-out value, in hundredths of a second, for the transmission of SNMP message requests. The time-out value applies to calls that a WinSNMP application makes to the SnmpSendMsg function for a specified management entity.


  [in]  HSNMP_ENTITY   hEntity,
  [out] smiLPTIMETICKS nPolicyTimeout,
  [out] smiLPTIMETICKS nActualTimeout


[in] hEntity

Handle to the destination management entity of interest.

[out] nPolicyTimeout

Pointer to an integer variable to receive the time-out value, in hundredths of a second, for the specified management entity. This is a value that the Microsoft WinSNMP implementation stores in a database. If you do not need the information returned in this parameter, nPolicyRetry must be a NULL pointer.

[out] nActualTimeout

Pointer to an integer variable to receive the last actual or estimated response interval for the destination entity, as reported by the implementation. If you do not need the information returned in this parameter, nActualRetry must be a NULL pointer. If this parameter is a valid pointer, the function returns 0. For additional information, see the following Remarks section.

Return value

If the function succeeds, the return value is SNMPAPI_SUCCESS.

If the function fails, the return value is SNMPAPI_FAILURE. To get extended error information, call SnmpGetLastError specifying a NULL value in its session parameter. The SnmpGetLastError function can return one of the following errors.

Return code Description
The SnmpStartup function did not complete successfully.
An error occurred during memory allocation.
The hEntity parameter is invalid.
The nPolicyRetry and nActualRetry parameters are both NULL. The operation was not performed.
An unknown or undefined error occurred.


Typically a WinSNMP application, rather than an agent application, calls the SnmpGetTimeout function.

The time-out period is the interval between the application's call to the SnmpSendMsg function and its call to the SnmpRecvMsg function.

A WinSNMP application can modify the time-out value with a call to the SnmpSetTimeout function.

The WinSNMP application can monitor the value of the nActualRetry parameter and compare it to the value of the nPolicyRetry parameter to optimize transmission performance. For additional information, see About Retransmission and Managing the Retransmission Policy.


Minimum supported client Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header winsnmp.h
Library Wsnmp32.lib
DLL Wsnmp32.dll

See also




WinSNMP Functions

WinSNMP API Overview