5 Essential Features to Look for When Evaluating SNMP Proxy Devices

How do you select the right proxy device for your network?

SNMP is great for integrating classic telecom telemetry with modern IP-based network management, because it's an open-standard protocol that's flexible enough to describe almost anything.

The one hitch is, some of your most crucial network infrastructure is not built for SNMP. To integrate your infrastructure elements into your SNMP alarm management, you need to install SNMP proxy devices at your remote sites.

There are a few essential features you must keep in mind when evaluating SNMP proxy equipment.


5 Essential Features to Look for When Evaluating SNMP Proxy Devices

SNMP is great for integrating classic telecom telemetry with modern IP-based network management, because it's an open-standard protocol that's flexible enough to describe almost anything.

The one hitch is, some of your most crucial network infrastructure is not built for SNMP. The reliability of a telecom network ultimately rests on some pretty humble low-tech equipment: battery plants, diesel generators, and high temperature, intrusion, and humidity alarms.

It is absolutely essential to have visibility of these critical network elements. If any one of them fails, it can bring your whole network down.

To integrate your infrastructure elements into your SNMP alarm management, you need to install SNMP proxy devices at your remote sites. A proxy device is a smart RTU that combines the functions of alarm collection and protocol mediation. It accepts standard telemetry alarm inputs like contact closures and analog signals and encodes the data in an SNMP trap.

How do you select the right proxy device for your network? There are a few essential features you must keep in mind when evaluating SNMP proxy equipment:

Proxy agent can mediate standard alarm outputs
A proxy agent can mediate standard alarm
outputs from various types of equipment to SNMP.