How to monitor the system temperature of a Windows 10 system with PRTG

Three days ago I set up 4 low-cost Windows 10 tablets to become cheap monitoring stations in my private home. Yesterday I added custom sensors to monitor the quality of my wireless network.

Today I added sensors that are getting the built-in system temperature from the tablets.

Again I am using a Exe/Script Advanced Sensor with this Powershell script

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How to monitor wifi signal strength and speed with PRTG Network Monitor

Two days ago I set up 4 low-cost Windows 10 tablets to become cheap monitoring stations (we call them “remote probes”) for my personal instance of PRTG Network Monitor.

Today I have set up a custom sensor that reads out the wifi signal strength from the system, so I can now monitor the quality of my wireless network in 4 different areas of my house when I distribute the tablets in different rooms.

The sensor can be used with all Windows 10 PCs, laptops, or tablets, as long as they are connected to the network via wifi. It also displays the transmit and receive rate which the wifi module has chosen to connect to the access point and the wifi channel.

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Comparing 4 ultra low cost Windows 10 tablets (€64 and up) for use as wifi monitoring stations for PRTG

Many IT admins maintain not only one copper-based network, but also remote sites and wifi networks. To monitor these (more-or-less) remote locations our monitoring software PRTG Network Monitor offers the “remote probe” feature (other vendors call this polling engine, poller, agent, etc.). The user can create as many of them as desired at no additional cost.

The idea is to install a small piece of software on a PC at the remote location. Then it connects to the central monitoring server, receives its configuration, starts monitoring and sends results to the monitoring server.

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Digital in 2017 Global Overview

Did you know…

  • that 50% of the 7.5 billion people on earth are Internet users (annual growth 10%)
  • that >85% of the people in North America and Europe are Internet users
  • that 66% of the 7.5 billion people on earth are mobile phone users, and each one of them has 1.6 SIM cards/contracts on average (8 billion, more SIM cards than people on earth)
  • that 45% of global web traffic comes from laptops & desktop (down by 20% from last year)
  • that 50% of global web traffic comes from mobile phones (up by 30%)
  • that 37% of the global population are social media users and 55% of them check in every day
  • that an average smartphone uses 1.9 GB of data per month (globally!)

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How do you explain the security threats of smart home and IoT devices in private home networks to your technologically challenged peers?

Our modern tech-life creates more and more security and privacy threats. Most ordinary people have no idea about the implications which affect all of us. Everybody is installing hordes of connected smart devices like web cams, access-points, thermometers, speakers (e.g. Amazon Echo), light bulbs, etc. in their homes. But: Are they aware what it means to have all these devices that talk to the outside world?

The people from Kurzgesagt (“In a nutshell”), a German animation company that creates wonderful explanatory videos (check out their Youtube channel!), have created a nice video that we tech people can now share with our non-tech peers to educate them.

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How Many Network Admins are Interested In SDN or Big Data?

The perception of the IT administrator job is often influenced by buzzwords like Big Data or SDN. But the reality of the job often looks different. That’s why Paessler wanted to know what really drives you in your everyday working life. What are your favorite tasks and how much time do you have to do them? Which technologies are you using already and which are not even under consideration at the moment?

 

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Top 5 Reasons Why A “Cloud First Policy” Will Improve Your IT

I am convinced that today every company/organization should have a “Cloud First Policy”. Such a policy means that whenever you deploy new services and/or update existing services you will at least consider moving it to the cloud. Soon this will improve your complete IT environment.

At Paessler we have had a “Cloud First Policy” for some years now. The initial reasoning was that we as infrastructure vendor should arrive to the cloud early so we can prepare our services and our products for the cloud. We wanted to be ready when the majority of our customers start heading for the cloud. But only few companies are IT infrastructure vendors, so for everybody else there must be other reasons, too.

In this blog post I’d like to write about the experiences we have had with this policy and the five good reasons we found for any company or organization to have a Cloud First Policy.

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