Monitoring your system to know if there are any faults.
Through the use of a small Linux server running the software Mimer InfoServer you can keep track of all devices in the Mimer SoftRadio system and also all operators and even see what radios each operator is logged on to.
This is helpful in systems where you need to know that each radio is being monitored, at least by one operator.
The server is checked through an ordinary web browser.
Exampel with 12 radios and 2 operators connected
To activate the monitoring function from each operator, an option needs to be installed in the Mimer SoftRadio software. It will then report connected radios etc to a predefined IP-address where the InfoServer is.
Nagios Core is open source software accessible from any web browser. It is used by many service organizations to keep track of large IP infrastructures.
We have adopted Nagios Core so that it will present information from the Mimer InfoServer in a way that is easy to overview. It will also do health checks on the system. The configuration for the checks is set up on the InfoServer.
- All units are presented with an icon and graphically where they are placed in the LAN/WAN.
- All radio devices are checked with PING and that the firmware in the network interface is running.
- All operator PC:s are checked with PING and that their SoftRadio client is running in the PC.
- Servers are checked with PING and also to see that there is no overload or that the disk is full.
- Routers in the LAN/WAN can also be checked, if they have their own fixed IP address.
In this way a two level, or more, check is done on all devices. Working devices gets a green colour and devices with a problem gets a red colour. You can immediately see if anything is malfunctioning.
Other possible checks could for example include making an error message if none of the operators is monitoring a predefined radio.
The system can be set up so that for example an email is sent when a fault occurs.
Example of setup with 10 operators and 10 radios at two LAN-nodes. Also shown are a management console, the InfoServer and two switches. Four of the operators are signalling faults.
You can also take out reports and history statistics on how the system is working per device, group of devices or the whole system.
Read more on Nagios on the systems web page: www.nagios.com
Exampel of a list of devices showing OK/Fault, up time and much more.
Customers already using a Nagios system for network overview can add checks to that system to also keep track of their Mimer SoftRadio system.
Mimer InfoServer is used at Bangalore Airport in India