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How To Monitor a NetGuardian From Any Telnet Terminal

There's a lot of ways to monitor a NetGuardian 832A. There's the advanced, full-featured method, where your NetGuardian reports to your IAM/TMonXM system. There's the easy and basic method, where you monitor your NetGuardian directly through any web browser. And there's several other permutations of interface and data connection you can use.

While those monitoring methods are suitable for monitoring all alarms from the NetGuardian, there are times when what you really need is a way of conveniently and continuously keeping an eye on one or two alarms. Perhaps there's one piece of equipment that you need to keep tabs on, or your master is down and you need immediate visibility of some critical alarms. In that case, the ideal method is to set up a TCP pager alert, so you can monitor the alarms you want from any Telnet terminal.

How to Set Up a TCP Pager Alert in Just Two Steps

Before you can set up your TCP pager alert, you must connect to the NetGuardian using either a serial or LAN connection and either the TTY Interface, the Web Browser Interface, or NGEdit. The examples shown here are from the Web Browser Interface, but any of the NetGuardian's software configuration interfaces will do.

Once you have established a connection to the NetGuardian, follow these steps:

NetGuardian Pagers
Fig. 1. The pagers list. Define the IP address and the Telnet port of your monitoring computer

1. Navigate to the Pagers list. Select an available pager ID and choose the TCP port the NetGuardian will use to host the Telnet session.

NetGuardian Base Alarms
Fig. 2. The Base Alarms list. Enter the pager ID for your TCP pager in either the primary or secondary pager fields.

2. Navigate to the Base Alarms (or Expansions Alarms) list. Select the alarms you want to monitor through a Telnet session, and enter the ID number of the TCP pager you created in Step One in either the primary or secondary pager fields.

Telnet session
Fig. 3. Examples of alarm reports sent to a Telnet client.

Now, if the alarms you have selected are activated, a notification text message will be sent to any Telnet session connected to the socket you created in Step One.

You can leave your Telnet client open on your desktop and receive detailed notifications of alarms, as shown in Figure 3.

Learn More About the NetGuardian

This is just one of the ways the NetGuardian can bring your alarm information directly to you. The NetGuardian has all the tools you need for complete site management, including stand-alone local visibility options. Find out about everything the NetGuardian can do for you on our NetGuardian page. Check it out!