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SP2/SP4/SP8/SP8-X20 Manual
1) Introduction
1. What is sensorProbe?
2. What’s the difference between SP2 SP4 and SP8?
3. What’s the difference between SP8 and SP8-X20?
4. How to use this manual
5. sensorProbe2
6. sensorProbe4 and sensorProbe8
7. sensorProbe8-X20
8. sensorProbe8-X20 20 Extra Dry Contact Inputs
2) Installation
1. Assigning an IP address
2. Testing your new IP address
3. Upgrading the firmware
3) Setting up a sensor and Downloading Sensor Data
1. Basic Setup
2. Downloading Sensor Data using Remote Syslog
4) Notifications
1. Setting up a trap
2. Setting up Email notifications
5) System Settings
1. Network Settings
2. System tab
6) Making your unit visible to the internet
7) Quick Facts and FAQ
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1) Introduction
1. What is sensorProbe?
The sensorProbe2, sensorProbe4, sensorProbe8 and sensorProbe8-X20 (SP2/SP8/SP8X20) are intelligent devices for monitoring environmental variables, power, physical
threats and security. The units are IP based and include a web interface for configuration.
Included in this is a TCP/IP stack, Web server, full SNMP and E-mail support.
Any of our AKCP intelligent sensors can be connected via the RJ45 connections
(excluding our daisyTemp, 8 port sensor controlled relay, thermocouple or PMS sensors),
or you can add dry contact connection for monitoring UPS, security systems and air
conditioning status.
2. What’s the difference between the SP2, SP4 and the SP8?
The SP2 is a small unit with facility for 2 RJ45 sensor inputs. The SP4 has a total of four
RJ45 sensor inputs while the SP8 is a larger unit with the facility for up to 8 RJ45 inputs.
3. What’s the difference between the SP8 and the SP8-X20?
The sensorProbe8-X20 has the 8 RJ-45 intelligent sensor ports AND has 20 extra dry
contact inputs, where the sensorProbe8 only has the 8 RJ-45 sensor ports. More on
these extra dry contacts in topic #8 in this section below.
4. How to use this manual
This manual aims to provide the user with a step by step guide on how to get your unit
set up and functioning. It will introduce the primary features of the unit by way of tutorials.
You can either go through the whole procedure from start to finish, or, if you wish, use
each tutorial as a standalone lesson. The start of each lesson gives an “entry point
profile” which details how to get to the start point of the lesson and assumes previous
knowledge through completion of previous tutorials.
Quick Tip:
Throughout this manual you will find “Quick Tips” in each section that will relate to the
information you are reviewing. Also, in section #7 you find a “Quick Facts” and “FAQ”
section that covers common questions and problems you may encounter. If however you
need any further assistance please don’t hesitate to contact our support team on
support@akcp.com
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5. sensorProbe2
Note: The SP2 is also available with Power over Ethernet (PoE) instead of a power supply jack.
6. sensorProbe4 and sensorProbe8
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7. sensorProbe8-X20
8. sensorProbe8-X20 20 Extra Dry Contact Inputs
The 20 extra dry contact inputs on for example, the sensorProbe, (or securityProbe
X20/X60) can be configured as inputs only up to 5 Volts in normal operation. In optoisolation mode they can input up to 30 Volts DC. This will protect these inputs and the
unit from high voltages and spikes.
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Opto-isolators provide complete electrical separation between the securityProbe and the
dry contact. The base units are therefore protected against possible large voltage spikes
caused by lightning for example.
The figure below shows the JUMPERS (on the dry contact board) set up to provide optoisolators support. Opto-isolators provide complete electrical separation between the
sensorProbe and the dry contact.
The OID for the extra dry contact inputs is:- .1.3.6.1.4.1.3854.1.2.2.1.18.1.3.<port>
Extra dry contact input practical applications:
The extra dry contact inputs can be used to monitor many types of equipment, for example, you
can run the connection from warning lights on alarm panels to the dry contact inputs, so that
when the warning light on the alarm panel is activated, the dry contact is triggered in the units
web interface, thus allowing you to send notifications via emails or SNMP traps.
2) Installation
1. Assigning an IP address
These units are plug and play devices that will easily connect to your existing network
setup. Every unit ships with a default IP address. This is 192.168.0.100. The first steps
you will need to undertake to install your unit will be to assign it an IP address to match
your current network configuration. Before starting this, ensure you have the following
items:1. RJ45 CAT5 crossover cable with RJ45 male connection
2. A PC with Ethernet card or LAN socket.
3. Power socket for the unit to connect to
a) Connect the unit via the CAT5 crossover cable to the Ethernet / LAN port on your
computer.
b) Open your web browser and go to the default IP address http://192.168.0.100
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In some cases your computer might not be able to connect to this default IP address.
In this situation you need to set up your computers routing table to allow access to
this. See here for this process.
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c) You will now be presented with the following login screen.
d) After logging in you will be taken to the main summary page.
e) From summary page select the “Network” tab. After inputting your new IP address click
“save”
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2. Testing your new IP address
We now need to test that your new IP address has been assigned successfully. We will do this
via the “ping” command.
1. Click start/run……
2) You will now get an MS DOS command prompt which shows the ping results. If this is
unsuccessful you will receive a “request timed out” message.
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Having connection problems? Please note:
The units default connection speed is 10MB w/Half Duplex, so if you are having trouble
connecting to the unit then you do have the option to set the unit to full duplex mode by using the
follows SNMP set command
snmpset -v1 -c public 192.168.0.100 .1.3.6.1.4.1.3854.1.2.2.1.72.0 s "1yyy"
To set back to halfduplex -->
snmpset -v1 -c public 192.168.0.100 .1.3.6.1.4.1.3854.1.2.2.1.72.0 s "0yyy"
where 'public' is admin password. Where '192.168.0.100' is the sensorProbe’s IP address. The
duplex mode is shown on Network Settings page.
Quick Tip:
If you’re still having trouble connecting to your sensorProbe, or opening your unit’s web interface,
please see the FAQ in section #7 at the end of the manual for more help.
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3. Upgrading the firmware
As we are constantly releasing new firmware with added capabilities it is recommended you
upgrade to the latest firmware. To do this you need to go to our website
http://www.akcp.com/company/firmwareupdate.htm and log in using your MAC address. This can
be found on a sticker on the base of your unit.
1) When you download your firmware it will come in a zip package. Extract this to your desktop
into a folder named firmware. When you open this folder you will see something like the
following:-
You can see one of these files is a program named IPSet. This utility will upload the firmware to
your unit. Double click the program to boot it.
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2) When IPSet loads you will be met with a screen similar to this:-
1) Select firmware upgrade
2) Type in the IP address of your unit
3) Type in your administrator password
4) Click browse, a new window will pop up
5) Select the zipped firmware file, click open.
6) When complete the message “upgrade complete” will be displayed
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7) Problems updating firmware that is very old to the latest release.
You may experience a problem when trying to update your sensorProbe2 or sensorProbe8 to
the latest firmware if the firmware on your base unit has not been updated for a very long
period of time.
If you try to update your unit and receive this error below in the IPSet utility, then you will
need to update your unit in one or two steps, depending on how old the firmware version is
you are running on the unit.
Please download either of these older versions of firmware depending on if you have a
sensorProbe2 or sensorProbe8 unit, then update the unit with each and then to the latest
version that is on our web site.
1st sensorProbe2 update: - http://www.akcp.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/SP2_371.zip
2nd sensorProbe2 update: - http://www.akcp.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/SP2_398.zip
1st sensorProbe8 update: - http://www.akcp.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/SP8_371.zip
2md sensorProbe8 update: - http://www.akcp.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/SP8_398.zip
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3) Setting up a sensor and Downloading Sensor Data
For the purposes of this manual and tutorials we will cover setting up a dual temp / humidity
sensor. The first part of the tutorial will cover the basic installation and settings for the sensor.
The second part will explain how to go about setting up various notifications such as SNMP traps.
1. Basic setup
a) Plug in your sensor to the RJ45 port 1 (sensor 1). The unit will automatically detect the
presence of the sensor and configure it.
b) Now return to the web browser and input the IP address of your unit. Then log in as
administrator.
c) You will now see the summary page looking something like this:-
You will see the temp/humidity sensor displayed in the summary page.
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d) From this page select the “Sensors” tab. This will bring you to the following page:-
In this example we have selected the humidity sensor from the sensor menu on the left. The
sensors highlighted in green indicate that they are currently connected to the unit. In this case
you can see there is a temp and humidity sensor connected (dual sensor) and so they are
highlighted in green in the menu.
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e) This window is used for configuring the sensors parameters. These parameters are explained
below :Description :- The name of the sensor. Use a meaningful name such as “humidity sensor
office1”
Go Online/Offline :- This takes the sensor on or offline without unplugging it from the unit
Critical high :- The %age humidity level at which it is critically high
Warning high :- the %age humidity level at which it is high
Warning low :- the %age humidity level at which it is low
Critical low :- the %age humidity level at which it is critically low
Rearm :- Used to prevent the sensor from flickering between two states. For example if the “High
Warning” threshold for the temperature sensor is set to 80 degrees and the sensor were to vary
between 79 and 80 you could be faced with a very large number of emails, traps, and events
logged. The Rearm parameter prevents this by forcing the temperature to drop by the Rearm
before changing the state back to normal. In this example if Rearm is set to 2 then, the sensor
would have to drop from 80 down to 77 before the status would change from
Reading offset :- will adjust the reading by your offset amount.
In our example we have set the parameters as indicated in the screenshot above. Once you have
done this click on “save”.
For information on setting up other sensor types please refer to the manual for your specific
sensor. This will give you guidance in setting up the parameters specific to your sensor.
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Sensor Status Filters: - By clicking on the “Sensors Status Filters” button shown in the image
above on page #13, you can then adjust the continuous time the sensor is in a warning, error, or
normal state before the unit sends the alerts. This feature was added to eliminate false warnings.
2. Downloading Sensor Data
The sensorProbe’s hardware has data logger memory where it stores the sensor data.
It can save 8,640 points per sensor. So, if you set your collection time period for 15 minutes you
can save data up to roughly 3 months of data on the unit. When the memory is full, the oldest
data will be overwritten.
There are a couple ways to get the download the sensor data from the sensorProbes. The first is
using the dataCollect or dataDownload utilities. You can download either utility from our web site
from your support page after adding you sensorProbe to you product listing.
Make sure when running these utilities your network firewall is not blocking the port these run on.
The first is called dataDownload, which is a command line program that will download all the
sensor readings stored on the sensorProbe. This downloaded data is stored in a text file and can
then be easily imported into a spreadsheet program, such as MS Excel
After running this utility, the data will be stored in a directory called datadownload located on your
C: drive of your PC and this will have the data for each port in it.
Or you can use our dataCollect utility that allows you to poll the sensor data directly from a PC on
the same LAN as your sensorProbe in real-time. You can collect an unlimited number of readings
and you can collect data from multiple sensorProbes simultaneously.
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Using Remote Syslog to download sensor data
Another way to get and log all the data in real time from the unit is use the remote syslog on the
unit.
You can use the remote system log feature to push out the sys log in real time to a remote server,
or PC, then this information can be imported into a data base or other program.
There are two types of third party remote syslog utilities that we recommend. One is "rsyslog" and
the other "Kiwi" remote syslog.
There is no MS-Windows version of rsyslog and there is no GNU/Linux version of Kiwi.
So, we recommend rsyslog for the GNU/Linux users and the Kiwi for the users of the Microsoft
operating systems.
Either can be dlownloaded from these links below:
http://www.rsyslog.com
http://www.kiwisyslog.com/kiwi-syslog-daemon-download/
You can install and open the Kiwi Syslog program and set the UDP in the Input settings like in the
screen shot shown on the next page:
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Now you would set the Remote Syslog in the sensorProbe. The Remote Syslog IP Address is the
IP address of the PC that has the Kiwi Remote syslog program running on it. The Remote Syslog
Port is the same port on the Remote syslog program.
It should be showing you the syslog in real time and any entry that is logged in the unit, should
shown on your server. You can also export the data to a text file.
4) Notifications
1. Setting up a trap
The SP2 / SP8 can send an SNMP trap message to two different hosts. Whenever the status
changes for a sensor that is online, a trap message can be sent.
To get to the entry point of this tutorial, complete the following:1) log into the web interface as administrator
2) from summary page select the Traps tab
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a) After going to the “traps” tab you can see the two traps (“Trap 1”, “Trap 2”)
b) The traps have various fields you need to set. These are explained below.
Send Trap :- toggles whether the SNMP trap is on or off
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Destination IP :- The destination IP address that the trap message will be sent too.
Community :- This is the Community of the host that will receive this trap. This is often set to
public
Send Keep Alive Trap :- Will send a trap message at your preset time interval. This is useful for
informing the user as to whether the unit is still online, or for if you require collection of data at
regular intervals regardless of the sensors status.
Keep Alive Resend Intervals :- The time interval in which you want the keep alive traps to be
sent.
A different trap message is sent for each sensor type such as temperature, humidity, and switch.
The trap messages include 6 var bind fields that include the current sensor status (Normal,
Critical High, Warning High, Critical Low, Warning Low, and sensorError), the current sensor
value, the level exceeded, the sensor index, the sensor name, and the sensor description.
2) Setting up E-mail notifications
As well as, or instead of, using SNMP traps you can also be notified of a sensors change in
status by an e-mail report.
To get to the entry point of this tutorial do the following :1) point your browser to the IP address of your unit
2) Log in as administrator
3) Click the “Mail” tab from the summary page.
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a) Click on the “mail” tab and this brings you to a new page. From here you can setup the various
e-mail parameters.
b) You can now set up the individual Email options from the fields shown below.
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Send Mail :- This toggles whether the send Email option is on or off.
SMTP Server :- The address of your SMTP server
SMTP Authentication :- check this option if your SMTP server requires authentication
SMTP Server Login Name :- The user name to login to your SMTP server
SMTP Server Password :- The password used to login to your SMPT server
E-mail subject :- The subject you wish to have for the e-mail. Eg. “sensorProbe notification”
Timeout :- You can increase the timeout for SMTP servers that have poor connectivity. It is best
to leave this number as low as possible while still allowing for communication with the SMTP
server to continue.
Resend Intervals :- The time between which the e-mails will be sent
Maximum Times To Resend :- Set the number of times you wish for the notification e-mails to
be resent.
Send Keep Alive Email :- This option will tell the unit to send a heartbeat e-mail. This is useful to
tell if the unit is still online or not. It is also used when you require collection of data at regular
intervals.
Keep Alive Email Resend Interval :- The amount of time between which the keep alive emails
are sent.
After setting your parameters click the save button.
c) Below this you will see there is anther section. This is for configuring who the e-mails are to be
sent too.
Mail From :- The email address which you would like the e-mail to appear from. Due to anti-spam
features of some SMTP servers this address must be authorized on the SMTP server otherwise
the server may deny the email.
Mail Recipient :- The email address of the person you wish for the email to be sent to.
Mail Cc1-5 :- Up to five additional e-mail addresses may be added.
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When you have filled in your required fields remember to click “Save”.
d) At the bottom of the page you have two further options.
Status of most recent Mail :- This can be either “No Status” “Success” or “Failure”
Last Error Message :- This is a debugging aid. If the email is not successfully sent, you may find
the reason for the problem here.
Test Email :- Useful when you first set up the SMTP settings to ensure they are working, or
anytime thereafter. Before a test mail can be generated ensure the previous fields described have
been completed.
Quick Tip:
If you having problems connecting to your SMTP email server, then please find some trouble
shooting tips in the FAQ section #7 at the end of this manual.
5) System settings
1) Network settings
The networks settings page allows you to change network settings for your unit such as the IP
address etc.
To get to the entry point of this tutorial complete the following :1) Point your web browser to the IP address of your unit
2) Log in as administrator
3) From the settings page, select the network tab.
Quick Tip:
You can change your default HTTP port on the unit using this SNMP set command:
snmpset -m all -v1 -c <community> <ipaddress> .1.3.6.1.4.1.3854.1.2.2.1.91.0 u <port>
You can still use port 80 for web access as well.
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a) After clicking the “Network” tab you will be taken to this page :-
b) Once on this page you can setup the network settings as indicated below :-
IP Address :- Use this to change the IP address of your unit
Subnet Mask :- Use this to assign the subnet mask of your unit
Default Gateway :- Assign the default gateway of your device
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Domain Name Server :- IP address of your DNS. Used if you wish to use a DNS address for
your unit instead of accessing via the IP address.
Use DHCP :- The unit can use DHCP to assign its IP address, or it can use a statically assigned
IP address. To use DHCP choose “Use DHCP” from the list box and press set. To stop using
DHCP choose “Do Not Use DHCP” from the list box and press set. Statically assigning an IP
address also turns off DHCP. You can force the SP2 / SP8 to voluntarily give up its IP lease and
request a new IP lease by choosing Use DHCP from the list box and pressing “set”.
Ethernet MAC ID :- This is the MAC address of your unit. This is a read only field
Ethernet Duplex Mode :- The duplex mode and speed of your unit. This is a read only field also.
Ensure you apply your new settings by clicking on the “save” button.
c) Below this, there are some further settings for the time and date.
RTC Battery Status :- This field displays the status of the Real Time Clock battery on the unit. If
the status displays “Bad”, you must replace the battery; otherwise, when the SP2 or SP8 do not
have mains power, the clock will stop running. Therefore, you must re-configure the system time
settings on every reboot.
Date and Time Settings :- Enter the new date and time in this field. The date and time use the
following format : date/month/year (dd/mm/yy) and hour:minute:second (hh:mm:ss)
Time Zone :- Select time zone that is corresponding to your location from this list box.
Use NTP :- An NTP (Network Time Protocol) is used to synch your units clock over a network.
There are many options in this list box. The details for each one are as follows:

Do Not Use NTP - select this option to turn off the time synchronization feature.

One Time - the time is synchronized once the Save button is pressed.
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On System Start Up - the time is synchronized once the cameraProbe8 is turned on or
reboot.

Once a Month/Week/Day/Hour - the time is automatically synchronized every month,
week, day, or an hour, respectively.
NTP Server 1 and 2 :- Set the IP address of the NTP servers to be used. The NTP will
synchronize the time with the server that has less number of the stratum.
2) System tab
From the systems tab you can input various settings for the unit. These settings are mostly
optional.
To get to the entry point of this tutorial complete the following :1) Point your browser to the units IP address
2) Log in as administrator using your admin password
3) From the summary page click on the “System” tab
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a) When you arrive at the settings page you will see the following screen :-
b) The first section is entitled “System Settings”
System Description :- This is an MIB II value set when the microcode for the unit was installed.
It includes the build time and version of the microcode. This is a read only field.
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System Name / Location / Contact :- These are used to identify the system. They are accessed
via standard SNMP utilities. The SNMP utilities use these to get information about the unit.
Data Collection Period :- This controls how often data is collected for use in the graph function.
Display Logo : Turn off displaying the logo by using this option. This option can be turned off to
allow the web pages to be loaded faster.
Send Email / Trap on boot up :- Use this option to send an Email and SNMP trap each time the
system boots up.
Delay Time for Email / Trap on boot up :- The time in seconds to delay before sending the boot
up Email or trap.
Remember to click the “Save” button after making any changes.
c) The next section is used for setting a user password, or changing the admin password.
Depending on which version of sensorProbe2 you have your System page may appear different.
The sensorProbe2 units that were shipped prior to October of 2009 have the older memory
mega128 chip. If this is the case your screen will appear like the screen shot shows above. This
st
System page will also show in the sensorProbe8 interface on units shipped prior to July 1 2011.
Note: To allow the User to login without having to enter a password use “public” in the SNMP get.
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The User web interface login password is the same as the SNMPget community and the Admin is
the same as the SNMPset\get community string. You set your web interface login passwords in
the SNMP community settings by enabling the “Password checking” above then entering your
passwords into these fields.
Note the j on the end of the firmware version above. This confirms that the unit has the newer
mega256 memory chip. The SP2 / SP4 / SP8 with the newer mega256 memory chip allows you
to separate the SNMP communities from the web interface login passwords
Password Checking :- toggle whether the password is required or not
Use the same password for the web interface and SNMP: Ties the SNMP communities to the
web interface login passwords.
New User Password :- Type in the password for the user account
Note: To allow the User to login without having to enter a password use “public” in the User
password.
Confirm New User Password :- Confirm the new password for the user account
New Admin Password :- Type in the password you wish for the admin account
Confirm New Admin Password :- Confirm the new password for the admin account
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d) Next you have the options for resetting the SNMP trap settings
SNMP Port :- Use this option to reset the SNMP port setting to its default
SNMP Trap Port :- Use this option to reset the SNMP Trap Port to its default setting
Quick Tip:
Your SNMP port default is 161 and the SNMP TRAP port default is 162. You can set your SNMP
ports with the following commands:
snmpset -m all -v 1 -c <community> <ipaddress> .1.3.6.1.4.1.3854.1.2.2.1.99.0 u <new snmp
port>
snmpset -m all -v 1 c <community> <ipaddress> .1.3.6.1.4.1.3854.1.2.2.1.100.0 u <new snmp
trap port>
e) Finally you have the option for setting up the system log parameters.
Clear Syslog :- Used to clear the system log of the messages for the unit
Remote Syslog :- You can set up the unit to send its syslog message in a standard format
acceptable to a remote syslog server. For example, the Logalot system from Somix.
Remote Syslog IP Address, Remote Syslog Port :- You can set the IP address and port of the
remote syslog server to which the unit will send the log messages.
Quick Tip:
One way to export your sensor data in real time to a remote location is with the “Remote Syslog”
feature. If you want to use the “Remote Syslog” feature for this, please find more detailed
information on how to set this up in the FAQ section #7 at the end of this manual.
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6) Making your unit visible to the internet
So far the manual has simply covered the basic set up. The setup we have just created will allow
you to access your unit on a Local Area Network (LAN). We have setup SNMP traps so that your
SNMP software, such as Whatsup Gold, or HP Openview can collate information from your unit.
However, what if you wish to be able to remotely access your unit from anywhere in the world?
This is possible; however, the following steps are only an outline guide. Your exact setup and
configuration will often depend on your network equipment and setup. You are going to need
access to your router, if you are using one and knowledge of whether your IP address is static or
dynamic.
1) Simple setup
a) Lets imagine that your unit is connected to a router on your network, and the following IP
addresses are assigned.
Your units IP address is the default 192.168.0.100.
Your computers IP address is 192.168.0.200
Your routers IP address is 192.168.0.300
b) To find out your routers external IP address go to www.whatsmyip.com
Lets imagine your routers external IP address is 278.67.04.09
c) You now need to setup port forwarding on your router. This varies depdning on your routers
model. Generaly you need to point your browser to your routers IP address (in this case
192.168.0.300). This will then allow you to log into your routers administration interface. You can
find how to go about doing this for your router on www.portforward.com For an example of how to
do this for a commonly used router follow this link :http://www.portforward.com/english/routers/port_forwarding/Linksys/WRT54G/HTTP.htm
You need to setup your routers HTTP forwarding to port 80. This will then mean when you access
your router using the external IP address you will be forwarded to your units internal IP address.
d) To test this, open your web browser, and go to your external IP address (in our example
278.67.04.09). If your using a dynamic IP address, its best to check it again before doing this as it
may have changed since the start of this tutorial.
e) To make this easier you could use a dynamic DNS (Dynamic Name Server). This means you
no longer need to remember IP address’s or use www.whatsmyip.com to find out your IP
address. You will instead register a domain name (for example mysensorProbe2.homeip.com).
This will then automatically point your routers external IP address (e.g. 278.67.04.09). This will
require you to register the domain name and open an account with a DNS server provider. We
recommend www.dyndns.com as they allow up to 5 free domain names to be registered.
f) If you have set everything up correctly you will now be able to access your unit from anywhere
in the world by simply pointing your web browser to your DNS address.
Setting up your PC’s routing table
*To set up the routing table, open a DOS window (start, run type command press enter) and at
the command prompt enter.
>route add 192.168.0.100 10.1.1.20
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Where 10.1.1.20 is the IP address of the Ethernet interface on the PC that the unit is plugged
into with the crossover cable.
Now ping* 192.168.0.100 to see if the connection was successful.
7) Quick Facts and FAQ:
Question:
How does the SP2 and SP8 record the sensor data and how much can it store?
Answer:
The sensorProbe2 will record and store the changes for the dry contacts and sensors as the units
hardware has a data logger where it stores this data in memory. It can save 8,640 points per
sensor. So, if you set your collection time period for 15 minutes for example, then you can save
data up to 3 months on the unit.
Question:
Can you please tell how often the sensorProbe unit interrogates each sensor to obtain the
sensor’s readings?
Answer:
This really depends on the sensor type that you have connected to the unit. The switch type
sensor interrogates with the sensorProbes more than 2 times per second.
The temperature and analog type sensors interrogate 1 time per second.
But all of the readings depend on the environment like the number of sensors you have online
and your email and SNMP trap alert settings.
Question:
Is there a way to reboot the sensorProbe unit’s web interface remotely?
Answer:
Yes, you can reboot the unit’s web interface remotely using this SNMP command and OID here:
snmpset -m all -v 1 -c <community> <IPaddress> .1.3.6.1.4.1.3854.1.2.2.1.106.0 i 1
Question:
Is there any way to edit the content of the email alerts that are sent out from my sensorProbe
unit?
Answer:
Yes, we have have added a separate e-mail notification function. You can set this by using the
following SNMP command:
snmpset -m all -v 1 -c <community> <ip address> .1.3.6.1.4.1.3854.1.2.2.1.112.0 I <separate>
When <community> is admin password <ip address> is ip address of the unit
<separate> is for the separate e-mails or not if this value is 1 it will have the separate e-mails
if this value is 0 it will not have the separate e-mails.
Question:
I have forgotten the IP address that my sensorProbe is configured with. Is there a way I can
determine this IP?
Answer:
Yes, you can unplug the power cord, then plug it back in, to cycle the power on the sensorProbe
while you have the IPSet utility software running on your PC. When you open the IPSet utility, it
will say “Recycle power to sensorProbe” as shown in this screen shot on page 29):
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When the sensorProbe is powered up, the IPSet will capture its IP address, then you will be able
to click on the flashing button to open the web interface. You can download the IPSet utility by
logging into the AKCP web site with you units MAC ID.
Question:
Is there a way to reset my unit back to the factory default settings?
Answer:
Yes, you can reset the unit back to the factory default settings using our utility called "configure".
You can download this from our web site. when you reset the unit, please do this with it directly
connected to your PC with the cross connect cable. If you get the unit reset, please run the latest
firmware update as well with the utility. You can download this from the same link above.
Question:
I am still having trouble connecting to the unit and opening the web interface, what could be the
problem and what should I try?
Answer:
If you are using IE7 or IE8 web browser versions, try placing the unit in the “trusted sites” list. Try
clearing the cache and refreshing your browser with the ctrl + F5 key. Are you using HTTPS? The
sensorProbes, nor IPSet do not support HTTPS. This only available on the securityProbe units.
Question:
I have assigned the gateway IP, and when I click Save, it reverts back to the default IP?
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Answer:
This happens when the device is not able to find the IP entered. When the IP is entered the
device searches for the IP and will accept it if it is found, or else it will revert back to the default
IP.
Question:
I have an alert condition from one of my sensors attached to my sensorProbe unit, in that the
base unit (SP8) started to send e-mail alerts. Before I was able to fix the problem, my SMTP
server was clogged with several hundreds of messages waiting in the outbound queue to be sent.
Is there a way to add a parameter to the base units web interface that defines the interval
between successive e-mail alerts in order to limit the rate at which these alerts are being sent and
keep the SMTP server operational?
Answer:
Yes, we have the "Minimum time between each Trap/Email" feature in the Sensor Settings >
Sensor Status Filters button. This feature can limit the traps and e-mails that the unit will
send. A similar parameter also exists on the sensorProbe’s web interface called "Resend
Intervals (secs)" and another one called "Maximum Times to Resend" which will also limit the
alerts being sent.
Question:
I am having trouble connecting the sensorProbe to my SMTP email server, what could be the
problem?
Answer:
Here is some things to check when having trouble with SMTP server connections and saving your
settings.
Try changing your SMTP server from the name to the IP address of the server.
The SMTP server is entered is wrong.
The send mail option is not enabled in the Mail settings page.
The timeout period entered is too low.
The gateway IP is not entered in the network page
The mail from address is not set
The mail server is not responding
The mail from address is not validated in the mail server
The mail server settings prohibit it from accepting connections form the device IP
The mail server is an SSL type, which is not supported by the sensorProbe units.
Question:
I am using Microsoft Exchange Server, but the Exchange server fails to receive the email alerts
from my sensorProbe unit, does my sensorProbe support MS Exchange Server?
Answer:
Yes, the units do support MS Exchange Server. However, the sensorProbe’s only support basic
authentication. MS Exchange by default, when a connecter is set up uses TLS, then basic. You
have to uncheck this option.
Question:
Is there a way to download my sensor data, or push this out in real time to my PC?
Answer:
Yes, you have several options for collecting, downloading and storing the data from the
sensorProbe units. See the section in this manual that covers this.
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You can graph each sensors output readings and then download that data as a text file, so you
can import it into say an Excel spreadsheet.
This is found by clicking on the Graph >> View in the Summary screen. Please see this screen
shot here:
We also have the two utilities that allow you to download the sensor data. The first is called
dataDownload, which is a command line program that will download all the sensor readings
stored on the sensorProbe. This data is then stored in a text file and can then be easily imported
into a spreadsheet program, such as MS Excel.
You can download this here: http://www.akcp.com/downloads/datadownload.zip
Or you can use our dataCollect utility that allows you to poll the sensor data directly from a PC on
the same LAN as your sensorProbe in real-time. You can collect an unlimited number of readings
and you can collect data from multiple sensorProbe’s simultaneously.
You can download this from our website, by first logging in with your units MAC ID.
Question:
I am not too familiar with SNMP or what OID’s to use with your products. How would I find out
more about this and what OID’s to use?
Answer:
We have an OID manual that includes basic information on SNMP and were to find out more
information on this. The manual also includes all our OID’s and related information. Please
contact the AKCP Support Team if you would like a copy of this.
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