The Protocol - Jan/Feb 1999

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NetDog Goes to Trial

DPS Telecom's NetDog 82 IP product is now deployed on location at several partner's locations and reportedly doing the job well.

NetDog is designed to provide environmental monitoring at network element locations as well as interrogation of 32 TCP/IP network elements for operational status. It reports details to your SNMP manager or it can be programmed to call your paging service and issue an alpha or numeric message to your pager. NetDog can also report fault alarm data to your DPS Telecom T/MonXM or IAM element manager.

NetDog 82 IP
NetDog at work: NetDog 82 IP
uses SNMP to monitor environmentals
and element status in your TCP/IP
network.

An ASCII port gives you access to a nearby ASCII device to obtain performance details and perform configuration. Access can be via your SNMP manager or with a tone dialing phone.

When a DPS product is introduced, it often begins life with some planned features held for implementation at a later time when they are needed. The current issue of NetDog features one ASCII port and discrete alarm inputs. An additional ASCII port and analog alarm inputs are planned for the future.

DPS Launches NEBS Program

DPS Telecom has begun an intensive product testing program that conforms to the Bellcore Network Equipment Building Standards (NEBS). The testing is being carried out by a nationally recognized testing laboratory (NRTL) in southern California.

The KDA product line of network elements is the primary candidate for the current testing routine, with other products to follow later. Testing will be carried out to determine both product safety and performance abilities.

NEBS Testing
Pre-compliance: Bob Berry checks mini-EMI
chamber for pre-compliance testing.

For product safety, the KDA will be examined for electrical, heat dissipation and personnel hazards. Other tests will verify that the KDA does not degrade the environmental conditions at an equipment site by introducing electromagnetic emissions or a fire hazard.

The KDA will be subjected to extremes of altitude, temperature, atmospheric environment, electrostatic discharges and humidity to test its ability to continue proper operation under duress.

DPS has set up an in-house testing laboratory for doing "precompliance" testing during the development phases of product design. Precompliance testing will shorten the time required to complete testing at the NRTL.

This testing is typically required by the owners of telco properties because of the expanding application of "co-location" of non-telco-owned equipment at their sites. The testing will assure telcos that the introduction of co-located equipment will not degrade safety or cause harm to the existing telco network devices.

If you are a co-locator (CLEC) or telco concerned about NEBS requirements, we will be glad to work with you to meet your DPS product testing needs.