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Being On-Call with PRTG and iLert

Every organization that relies on their services being always available needs to respond to incidents fast. How fast really depends on the desired availability level. Response times are constrained by the desired availability targets. An availability target of, for instance, 99.95 % allows a downtime of 21.6 minutes per month. That is, if you have one incident per month, the on-call person needs to react within minutes to every incident.

Why Fine Dust Pollution Is so Difficult to Measure. And Why It Must Be Done Anyway. #2

Fine dust is like passive smoking: no one’s comfortable with it, but the exact effects are arguable. In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the results of recent medical studies. For Part 2, we’ll be looking at guidelines the cities of tomorrow should consider. And we’ll be posting in-depth commentary from our IoT expert Christian Zeh on this topic soon.

How to Monitor CCTV Equipment with PRTG

Is your company equipped with a video surveillance solution? In recent times, CCTV solutions are used in more and more areas.  Today I want to introduce you to some value added use cases of video surveillance solutions, and show you how to integrate your CCTV system into your PRTG Network Monitor environment.

Create Notification Triggers With PrtgAPI

In the past few months, we released two blogs about PrtgAPI, a C#/PowerShell library that can be used to manage PRTG: one covered how to add multiple devices or groups programmatically to PRTG, and the other focused on several other examples of use cases. In this final blog post about PrtgAPI, we go into one last example of a way to use this very useful tool: creating notification triggers.

Why Fine Dust Pollution Is so Difficult to Measure. And Why It Must Be Done Anyway. #1

Fine dust is like passive smoking: no one’s comfortable with it, but the exact effects are arguable. New studies, however, show a very clear picture. In the coming weeks, we’ll be taking a closer look at the subject of fine dust. Part 2 of this article will be published next week, and more detailed commentary from our IoT expert Christian Zeh on this topic is coming soon.

Microsoft Teams Monday Reloaded – How to Get Notified When Wiki Has Been Edited

It's been some time since we introduced the benefits of Microsoft Teams in a multi-part blog series. In one part of the series we dealt with the wiki function of the Microsoft Teams client. You can add a Wiki tab to a channel. We use the Wiki tab in our department to store basic information, repetitive text snippets and quick links to our documentation.

More Uses for PrtgAPI: Create Multiple Sensors, Clean Up Deprecated Sensors, and Configure Sensor Factories

In a previous article, we covered one use case for PrtgAPI, a C#/PowerShell library for managing PRTG: Adding multiple devices. But PrtgAPI has a lot more uses than just that, and it's one of the reasons why we at Paessler are such fans of it. It's one thing to have smart, innovative users like lordmilko, but when they develop tools like PrtgAPI, we tend to geek out a bit.

Seven Devices between €69 and €500 for Monitoring Environmental Parameters with PRTG

As the founder of “The network monitoring company”, Paessler AG, it was quite natural for me to not only monitor our home network, but also various environmental metrics in our family home. We moved into our new home a year and a half ago, and having temperature data series has been quite helpful to do the fine tuning and bug-fixing of the heating and ventilation systems.

Why IoT Devices Are the Trojan Horses of Our Time. And Why Nobody Talks About It.

Let's say the most honest salesman in the world would like to sell IoT solutions to a medium-sized company. Maybe something in the field of Smart Maintenance, or maybe isolated IIoT devices. Whatever it is, the price is king and of course the CEO of the company will be happy if this deal can be handled particularly cost-efficiently. But first of all, the salesman, because of his pleasant honesty, sends out the warning that these IoT solutions will become part of the company’s network, are virtually impossible to protect, are a ridiculously open gate for various types of attacks, and a compromised network will seriously mess up the CEO’s day. What are the odds that the deal will be closed? And why are IoT devices of all kinds still a huge business? Because they are sold without warning.

Nobody Likes a Boring Newsletter

For many years we have been sending out a newsletter with our latest blog posts. That's changing in a way now. Instead of a mere overview of our blog posts, in the future you can expect editorial opinions and cross-references on topics that interest a tech audience.

PRTG Desktop App Released as Stable Version

You probably already know about our PRTG Desktop app. If not, we published two articles in September 2018 about it here on our blog:

PRTG On the Road Winners, in Pictures

In November last year, we held a competition where PRTG users could win a PRTG bag or neck warmer. We also had a follow-up: the winners could then win one of five Playstation 4 Pro consoles if they posted a picture of themselves with their prize and used #PRTGontheroad as a hashtag. We expected some interesting photos, and our users delivered! 

Work with Our PRTG How-to Guides

If you use PRTG Network Monitor regularly, you will sooner or later come across one of our numerous support resources. We offer many ways to learn more about PRTG:

What IoT Devices from the Trash Reveal about Their Former Owners

Smart, networked devices such as app-controlled surveillance cameras and light bulbs can be easily hacked. Especially with cheap IoT gadgets, the password is often fixed in the firmware and cannot be changed. Here follows a short anecdote about the sheer insanity of IoT uncertainty, followed by the top 10 vulnerabilities of IoT devices defined by OWASP.

Don’t Miss News About PRTG Release 19.1.48

Welcome to the first PRTG Release News on the blog in 2019. I hope you had a fantastic start to the new year and have bravely stuck to your good intentions so far. Our developers are already working hard on the PRTG release 19.1.49. Ideally you are running our latest stable version 19.1.48, or are perhaps planning to install the update and want to know what to expect. In both cases I recommend you read on. 😊 Let's take a look at the features of the latest release.