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What site size is best monitored by the NetGuardian G6 832A?

By Andrew Erickson

January 7, 2024

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RTUs are used across a wide spectrum of industries, each with its distinct monitoring and control needs:

  • In the telecom, RTUs manage remote facilities and data centers, ensuring network uptime and swift response to anomalies.
  • The oil and gas industry employs RTUs for remote pipeline monitoring and wellhead control, safeguarding against leakages and system failures.
  • Among power utilities, particularly renewable energy, RTUs provide critical data on wind speed, solar panel voltage, and other key metrics.
  • Water and wastewater treatment facilities use RTUs for monitoring water levels and controlling treatment processes.
  • Manufacturers use RTUs to monitor production lines and environmental conditions, increasing productivity and safety.

What are the unique advantages of the NetGuardian G6 832A RTU?

NetGuardian 832A G6 front panel

The NetGuardian G6 832A presents a set of technical and ROI benefits that make it a compelling choice over other Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) in specific situations. Like any RTU, it's not going to be the right pick for every scenario.

Understanding these benefits will help you making an informed decision for your organization, no matter your industry.

Technical Benefits

From a technical perspective, this NetGuardian offers a lot of tools for connecting a variety of remote equipment that you'd like to monitor:

  • Comprehensive Monitoring: With 32 ping alarms, 32 discrete alarms, 8 analog inputs, and 8 controls, the NetGuardian G6 832A offers extensive monitoring capabilities. This allows for detailed visibility of your network's performance and environment.
  • Versatile Connectivity: The unit supports dual NICs, dual power feeds, and a range of inputs and outputs, including RS232 and RS485 ports. This versatility ensures it can fit into a variety of network setups and cater to different monitoring needs.
  • Enhanced Accessibility & Security: An integrated web interface and support for multiple protocols like SNMP (v1-v3), HTTP, and HTTPS (TLS v1.2) ensure easy and secure access to the device and the data it collects.
  • Built for Tough Environments: With an operating temperature range of 32-140 F and an industrial option for more extreme conditions (closer to -30 F to 158 F), the NetGuardian is built to withstand challenging environments.

ROI Benefits

The technical benefits above yield business results that you can use to justify your RTU purchases to management:

  • Reduced Need for Additional Equipment: Features like a built-in sensor power supply, integrated temperature and battery sensors, and an optional 4-port switch reduce the need for extra hardware, lowering initial costs and simplifying setup.
  • Long-Term Reliability: A 2-year hardware warranty, a 30-day no-risk money-back guarantee, and an impressive MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) of 60 years demonstrate the unit's reliability and long-term value. Anecdotally, I can tell you that it's often a bit annoying working in the DPS Sales department when my clients still don't need replacement RTUs after 15-20 years (I'm glad we're worthy of repeat business, obviously).
  • Expandability: The ability to expand to 176 discrete alarms and 32 control relays with NetGuardian Expansion Units (called "NetGuardian DX" expansion shelves) means the system can grow with your needs, protecting your initial investment.

Comparison with Competing Products:

When compared to other RTUs, the NetGuardian G6 832A is distinct due to:

  • Comprehensive features in a compact design: Occupying just one rack unit of space, it offers a range of monitoring and control options typically found in larger systems. There are plenty of 1RU RTUs out there, but usually not with such a high capacity.
  • Ease of integration: With support for a wide range of protocols and dual network interfaces, it can easily fit into most network environments without requiring significant changes or additional equipment.
  • Customization options: The various optional features like the industrial temperature version, wireless connection, and battery sensors allow for a tailored solution that meets specific site requirements.

When should you use this NetGuardian model? When shouldn't you use it?

In situations where network visibility, reliability, and adaptability are crucial, and where minimizing long-term costs and maximizing uptime are important, the NetGuardian G6 832A is a good option. Its technical prowess delivers ROI benefits that make it a competitive choice in the RTU market.

One of the standout features of the NetGuardian G6 832A is its large capacity. Despite its compact one-rack-unit size, it delivers extensive monitoring capabilities typically associated with larger systems. This makes it an excellent choice for large remote sites needing comprehensive coverage.

However, it's important to note that this is just one model in the range of NetGuardian RTUs by DPS Telecom. There are numerous other NetGuardian models specifically designed to cater to the unique needs of small to medium-sized remote sites.

Here are three quick examples:

  • NetGuardian 420: The NetGuardian 420 is a mid-range model ideal for medium-sized sites. It offers 20 discrete alarms, 4 control relays, and 2 analog alarms, with a built-in terminal server for remote access to serial equipment. It also includes dual power inputs for redundancy.
  • NetGuardian 216: Designed for smaller sites, the NetGuardian 216 provides 16 discrete alarm points, 2 analog alarm points, and 2 control relays, with expandability options for more discrete points. Despite its smaller size, it still supports key features like a built-in web interface, SNMP compatibility, and a durable design.
  • NetGuardian LT: The NetGuardian LT is an even smaller model, perfect for small sites or for those looking to try out the NetGuardian line without a large upfront investment. Despite its cost-effectiveness, it still offers 4 discrete alarms, 2 analog alarms, and 1 control relay, along with SNMP and DCPx compatibility. It's a compact and economical RTU solution that doesn't require sacrificing core functionality or performance.

These models offer the same high-quality performance and reliability, within a capacity suitable for their intended remote site size. This ensures that no matter the size of your remote site, there's a NetGuardian RTU that's a perfect fit.

Next step: Get a NetGuardian demo

If you're ready to explore the capabilities of the NetGuardian G6 832A in detail, my fellow DPS sales reps and I are ready to provide you with a complete 15-minute web demo.

This demonstration will give you a complete understanding of both the hardware and web interfaces of this RTU. It's also a great way to get your team on board, from your installer technicians to your upper management.

Once you've seen the NetGuardian in action, we'll proceed to a PDF proposal and then go from there.

To get started, simply give me a call now at 1-800-693-0351 or email sales@dpstele.com

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Andrew Erickson

Andrew Erickson

Andrew Erickson is an Application Engineer at DPS Telecom, a manufacturer of semi-custom remote alarm monitoring systems based in Fresno, California. Andrew brings more than 17 years of experience building site monitoring solutions, developing intuitive user interfaces and documentation, and opt...