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Best RTUs of 2024 at Any Price

By Haley Zeigler

April 26, 2024

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Having reliable, telco-grade monitoring solutions is crucial to the health of your network.

Imagine how much easier your job would be if you had a versatile and future-proofed device - one that could provide you with powerful monitoring functionality. You'd never have to worry about obstacles slowing you down or equipment emergencies crippling your network.

This is where Remote Telemetry Units (RTUs) come into play, offering real-time monitoring and control capabilities that are essential for modern networks. The right RTU will pay for itself over and over once it helps you prevent just one network outage.

RTU functionality

Understanding the Role of RTUs in Network Management

RTUs are vital components in network management, acting as the eyes and ears of network administrators. These devices collect data from sensors and other input devices, process this data, and then communicate it to central management systems. This allows for real-time monitoring and control, which is essential for maintaining system integrity and efficiency.

The functionality of an RTU extends beyond mere data collection. They also play a critical role in incident detection, issue resolution, and even in automation of control tasks. For network administrators, this means being able to preemptively tackle problems before they escalate, ensuring network reliability and performance.

Exploring Leading RTUs

Whether you're managing a small network facility or a large-scale telecom operation, there's an RTU solution ready to meet your needs. Let's dive into a few standout products: the NetGuardian 832A G6, the NetGuardian 216F, the NetGuardian 216 G6, and the PDU DIN.

NetGuardian 832A G6

1. NetGuardian 832A G6: The Comprehensive Solution

The NetGuardian 832A G6 stands out with its extensive input and output capabilities, designed to offer comprehensive monitoring and control. This RTU supports up to 32 discrete alarms, 8 analog alarms, and 8 control relays, making it versatile for various applications. Its temperature sensor ensures that environmental monitoring is covered, a crucial aspect for maintaining equipment health.

  • Extensive Monitoring: With support for 32 discrete, 8 analog alarms, and additional 176 virtual alarms, this unit is equipped to handle complex monitoring tasks.
  • Integrated Control: 8 control relays allow for direct, on-site device management, which is crucial for immediate issue resolution.
  • Enhanced Communication: Features dual Ethernet ports for network redundancy, ensuring continuous communication even if one network line fails.
  • Diverse Protocol Support: Including SNMP, DCPx, DCPf, and Telnet/SSH, it integrates seamlessly into most network management setups.

The NetGuardian 832A G6 is suitable for larger sites where detailed monitoring across multiple metrics is required. Its capacity to manage extensive alarm inputs and its robust control features make it a top choice for demanding environments.

2. NetGuardian 216F G6: Perfect for Small Fiber Sites

The NetGuardian 216F G6 is an ideal solution for smaller facilities that need comprehensive yet compact monitoring tools. This RTU comes equipped with 16 discrete alarms and 2 control relays, packed into a design that fits in a single 1RU space. Despite its size, it doesn't compromise on functionality.

  • Fiber Optic Connectivity: Ensures secure and reliable data transmission, crucial in environments where electromagnetic interference might be a concern.
  • Full SNMP Compatibility: Allows easy integration with existing SNMP managers, streamlining network management.
  • Versatile Mounting Options: Can be rack-mounted or wall-mounted, offering flexibility in deployment based on site-specific needs.

For facilities with limited space but no less critical monitoring needs, the NetGuardian 216F G6 offers a balance of compactness and functionality, making it a preferred choice for many network professionals.

NetGuardian 216 G6

3. NetGuardian 216 G6: Compact Power

For smaller sites, the NetGuardian G6 216 offers a compact yet powerful alternative. Equipped with 32 ping alarms, 16 discrete alarms, 6 analog inputs, and 2 control relays, it's an ideal choice for ensuring comprehensive visibility and control over smaller network environments.

  • Fast and secure web interface
  • SNMP (v1-v3) reporting capabilities
  • Optional expansions for increased monitoring capacity
  • Easy installation with wall or rack mounting options
  • Practical addition for any site

4. PDU DIN: Power Distribution Control

Focusing on power distribution, the PDU DIN is not just any RTU; it's a specialized device designed to manage and control power usage within network environments. It's particularly useful for data centers and IT facilities where power management is as critical as data monitoring.

  • Remote Power Control: Offers the ability to remotely switch power on and off to connected devices, aiding in power management and incident response.
  • Circuit Breaker Status Monitoring: Keeps track of circuit breaker status, which is essential for preventing power overloads and ensuring equipment safety.
  • Energy Monitoring: Measures energy use in real-time, allowing for efficient energy management and cost savings.
  • DIN-Mounted Design: Engineered for convenience and efficiency, the PDU DIN is designed to be DIN-mounted. It is easy to install and integrate into existing network infrastructure.

The PDU DIN is designed for environments where power management is crucial. This specialized RTU offers monitoring capabilities but also robust control functions for comprehensive energy management.

How Much does an RTU cost?

Not all monitoring systems are created equal, which makes choosing the right system very important.

An RTU with limited features or low-quality components will only provide you with a false sense of security. The purpose of investing in monitoring equipment is to make sure your network is reliable. So if your monitoring equipment is sub-par, you might as well skip it altogether.

RTU Cost Range

An RTU price range can be anywhere from $200-$5,000.

Lower-end $200 RTUs are very basic and extremely limited in capabilities. They might not support the protocol you need. Also, there is generally no tech support or training included.
A minimum price for a fully-functioning basic RTU is about $700 and includes some basic protocol support, web interface, and email alerts. You can expect quality tech support to be included starting at this price level.
A mid-level price for a full-service RTU is around $1,100. This RTU should offer solid built-in intelligence with protocol support, tech support, and training included in the price.
Many managers appreciate a fully-customized RTU costing closer to the $2,500-5,000 range, depending on specific built-to-order requirements.

Making Your Decision:

  • Consider what you need from an RTU: How complex are your monitoring needs?
  • Think about the future: Will saving money now cost you more later?
  • Balance your budget with potential long-term benefits to find the best option.

Choosing the right RTU requires a thoughtful analysis of costs versus benefits. Contact the experts at DPS Telecom to get a quote for the perfect RTU for your needs.

Is DPS Telecom's NetGuardian G6 Series Right for You?

Advanced Security Features: With increasing cyber threats, the security of network monitoring systems has never been more important. The G6 Series offers advanced security protocols including TLS v1.2 and SNMPv3. Protect your network from unauthorized access.

Scalability: Whether your network grows or your monitoring needs change, the G6 Series is designed to grow with your business. You can add expansion units and additional features as needed. No significant downtime or investment in new infrastructure required!

Reliability: Known for their durability and reliability, DPS Telecom's products help you monitor your network operations 24/7 with minimal maintenance requirements.

Support and Training: DPS Telecom stands behind their products with exceptional support and training options. From on-site training to 24-hour technical support, they ensure that your team is equipped to handle any situation.

Discover the Perfect Solution with DPS Telecom

At DPS, we specialize in custom engineering solutions tailored to meet your specific needs. Our team is ready to partner with you to design a system that fits perfectly with your network and infrastructure.

Ready to elevate your network monitoring capabilities? Don't wait - contact DPS Telecom today to start your journey towards a custom-engineered monitoring solution that truly matches your needs.

Schedule a personalized demo and experience firsthand how the right RTU can optimize your network's performance and reliability.

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Haley Zeigler

Haley Zeigler

Haley is a Technical Marketing Writer at DPS Telecom. She works closely alongside the Sales and Marketing teams, as well as DPS engineers, resulting in a broad understanding of DPS products, clients, and the network monitoring industry.