Have you ever met difficulties in managing network devices?
When the number of video cameras in the site grows bigger, there is a need for easy and organized network management by software.
In such cases, if your customer tells you the network management server is full of traffic load and some cameras on site have unstable video quality, you don’t have to go there to check lots of cameras one-by-one and try to bring it back to connection. You just need to use SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) management software to connect to cameras to get fast and accurate analysis, such as network traffic load, the number of delivery/receive/error packets and logs on third party connections to cameras. This makes finding out the root cause much easier and helps to speed up problem resolution.
SNMP provides an easy way to manage network devices. The main features are:
1. Monitoring device uptime.
2. System detail description. (Ex: model name, model description and firmware version.)
3. Collect interface information. (Ex: MAC address, interface speed, local port.)
4. Measuring network interface throughput.
To use SNMP, just enable SNMP function in ACTi devices (SNMP agents) and run SNMP management software in server (NMS: Network Management Station) to connect with the devices. In the next section, we will introduce the step-by-step procedure to set up the basic SNMP support.