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21.03.2019

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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.

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20.03.2019

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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:

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15.03.2019

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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 hasht...

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13.03.2019

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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:

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11.03.2019

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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 uncertain...

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08.03.2019

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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 versi...

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06.03.2019

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How IoT Worlds Are Networked from Orbit

Initially, this article would have started with the words "One small step for..." but in every trustworthy team of writers this is a reason for termination. Still, what Sigfox announced in the middle of last year is a giant leap. Sigfox will send satellites into space, and c...

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04.03.2019

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PRTG + Sonoff = Smart Meter

If you’ve been following our Maker Monday YouTube channel, (you HAVE subscribed, haven’t you?) you’ll have seen us describe how to integrate the Sonoff S20 smart socket with Home Assistant software. Here, we describe how you can use the procedure described in the video, to build ...

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01.03.2019

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SLA Reporting Made Easy – with the PRTG SLA Plugin

Continuous monitoring of IT infrastructure is a basic requirement for reliable business processes. Especially when it comes to fulfilling SLAs (Service Level Agreements), it is of crucial importance that the monitoring data is available as granularly as possible – ideally in RAW ...

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28.02.2019

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7 Punkte, die IT-Monitoring für den Handel können muss

Der Retail- bzw. Einzelhandel ist eine der wohl vielfältigsten Branchen. Die Spannweite reicht von der Supermarktkette über Bekleidungs­häuser bis hin zu Online-Computerhändlern. Allen Retailern gemein ist die Abhängigkeit von einer funktionierenden Infrastruktur und der daraus r...

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27.02.2019

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How We Have Implemented Environmental Monitoring in Our Headquarters

Since we moved all to our new headquarters in Nuremberg more than two years ago, we have wanted to implement a facility-wide temperature and humidity monitoring system. In practice, as so often happens, other things took priority, so this topic was not on our agenda until th...

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25.02.2019

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The History of Chess AI

Garry Kasparov is a lot of things. But a modest person is not one of them. In the 1980s, at the height of his career, he claimed that there would never be a chess program capable of defeating him. And indeed, in 1989, he played two games against IBM's computer Deep Thought, both ...

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22.02.2019

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Here's How You Can Monitor Azure Resources with PRTG

The reality of modern IT is that you probably operate with at least a part of your infrastructure running in a cloud somewhere. This leads to an awkward hybrid architecture that's not only complex to manage, but difficult to monitor. In this post we're going to take a look at a p...

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20.02.2019

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Paessler Toolbox Goes Public Beta

We at Paessler always have IT pros at the forefront of what we do. We are always trying to give our customers the best things in PRTG Network Monitor but we thought, is there something more that we can give our customers outside of our software? One of the many answers to this qu...

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18.02.2019

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Big Data City - Urban Life in the 21st Century

It will be tight in the cities of Europe and North America. More and more people are moving into urban areas, and not just since yesterday. The administrations of the affected cities need more and more information to be able to work efficiently, people have to get used to ev...

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15.02.2019

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Monitoring a Production Line With PRTG

Think PRTG is only good for monitoring networks? Think again! This article will show you how a Biological Scientist with an IT background and an IT Network Administrator built an inexpensive, yet powerful production monitoring system with PRTG and simple sensors connected to a Ra...

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13.02.2019

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Send Us Your PRTG Feature Requests!

Do you use PRTG Network Monitor and need a feature that would make your daily work incredibly easier? Would you like to monitor a device or service, but you can't find a suitable sensor, nor is there an acceptable workaround in our PRTG Knowledge Base? Do you miss a feature in PR...

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11.02.2019

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Here Are 6 Good Reasons to Date a Geek. Seriously.

Valentine's Day is threateningly close around the corner; only a few days left, and a nervous breakdown is as certain as Elon Musk's next emotional outburst.

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11.02.2019

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Here Are 6 Good Reasons to Date a Geek. Seriously.

Valentine's Day is threateningly close around the corner: only a few days left, and a nervous breakdown is as certain as Elon Musk's next public emotional meltdown.

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08.02.2019

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Getting Physical With PRTG - Part 2

Hate being stuck in traffic? Ever thought about how network monitoring software can be used to ease that congestion? In this article, I will show you how to implement live traffic cameras into PRTG. So again, let’s get physical with PRTG.

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07.02.2019

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IT-Management und -Monitoring vereint

Das Zusammenwirken des PRTG Network Monitors von Paessler und der Management Suite von Baramundi Software soll es Anwendern u.a. ermöglichen, Jobs, Endpoints und Services aus der Suite in PRTG zu überwachen. Dies würde die Arbeit von IT-Administratoren optimieren und Ausfallzeite...

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06.02.2019

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Automatically Communicate Outages with PRTG and statuspage.io

Unless you're a sysadmin, you don't know the feeling of having to divide yourself during a critical system failure. In this case the following article is probably less interesting for you—maybe you want to read Patrick's Beginner's Guide to LoRa instead.

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04.02.2019

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The Smartest Home in Town (Maker Monday Insight)

If you're an IT professional, chances are you've already taken steps towards making your home smart, or you've at least given it some thought. Maybe you have a smart power socket here and there, or maybe a temperature logger sending data to a home automation tool. Or maybe you ha...

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01.02.2019

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Sneak Peek: PRTG Developer Insights 2018

Last week you already got a look behind the scenes from us. In the article How We Use Lambda and Step Functions to Create PRTG Instances in AWS Greg explained the components that make up the infrastructure we require at Amazon, how the communication between the individu...

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30.01.2019

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Connecting Sports Fans: The Infrastructure Inside the Stadium of Super Bowl LIII

You don't have to be a sports fan to appreciate the upcoming Super Bowl; if you're a tech geek, then Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, home of Super Bowl LIII, provides enough digital technology to take your breath away. We take a look at the network infrastructure in NFL's newes...

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28.01.2019

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The Quartet of LPWAN Players

The Internet of things is based on many interconnected devices, and although LPWAN is just one of several transmission technologies in the IoT field, it is becoming increasingly important. Naturally, IoT means more than just interconnected everyday objects like refrigerators. It ...

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25.01.2019

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PRTG User Spotlight: How to Add Hundreds of Devices or Groups to PRTG Programmatically

This is the PRTG User Spotlight, where we give the podium to our users to show us what they've done with PRTG, or let them share their guidance and knowledge. In the spotlight with this post: LordMilko, a PRTG user who developed PrtgAPI, a C#/PowerShell library for mana...

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23.01.2019

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Behind the Scenes: How We Use Lambda and Step Functions to Create PRTG Instances in AWS

You probably know that we offer our PRTG Network Monitor software as a hosted solution in addition to the classic on-premises version. You don't need to install PRTG on your own hardware anymore. If you don't know about this: we call it PRTG Hosted by Paessler - click here t...

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21.01.2019

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What Is LoRa? A Beginner's Guide #2

IoT is the buzzword of recent years and we would like to introduce the terms and technologies behind it on our blog. This is part 2 of our blog series on LoRa - a technology that will undoubtedly be part of the future of the Internet of Things. 

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18.01.2019

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IoT Trends: Let's Visit a Fortune Teller

IoT is what the personal computer was in the 1980's: Everyone is talking about it, but who can say that they have completely understood the implications of it? Above all, the search for strategic IoT trends resembles looking into the crystal ball of a creepy old lady with dubious...

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16.01.2019

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The 5 Most Asked Questions of the Cisco CCNA Exam (Including Answers)

Probably all who work with Cisco switches during their time in IT are familiar with the various certification options offered by Cisco Systems. The best-known certification is the CCNA, the Cisco Certified Network Associate.

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14.01.2019

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We Measured the Air Quality on New Year's Eve, and Here's What We Found

2019 is here, and as the smoke (quite literally) settles on the New Year's Eve celebrations, it's time for us to take a look at the results of a little experiment we ran. We set up a particulate matter sensor to monitor air quality as the fireworks went off over Nürnberg on New Y...

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11.01.2019

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6 Years after the Internet's Own Boy: Has the Mission of Aaron Swartz Failed?

Aaron Swartz was found dead on January 11, 2013. He was 26 years old. During these 26 years, he made a name for himself as programmer, author, co-founder of Reddit, hacktivist and initiator of numerous campaigns to promote civic awareness and protest censorship on the Internet. T...

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09.01.2019

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3D Printer Monitoring with PRTG

3D printing - It’s definitely going to be next year’s “big thing”. Just like it was supposed to be this year’s, and last year’s… OK, so maybe the technology hasn’t quite lived up to the “new era of democratised manufacturing” hype. But it can still be very useful.

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04.01.2019

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What Is LoRa? A Beginner's Guide #1

IoT is the trend word of recent years and we would like to introduce the terms and technologies behind it on our blog.  We have already written a lot about the connection technology Sigfox. LoRa(WAN) is yet another smart, energy-efficient technology, and in this two-part blo...

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31.12.2018

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Maker Monday: Measuring Air Pollution on New Year’s Eve with a Particulate Matter Sensor

Here in Germany, fireworks are "unbanned" for one day of the year: New Year's Eve. And every year I wonder how it is possible that fireworks are still legal at all, even for one day. Setting aside the safety factor (mixing drunken revelers with fire and rockets is never...

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28.12.2018

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Smart Mailboxes, Tech-Loving Grannies, and Server Room Antics: Paessler Video Highlights

Two new YouTube shows, a look at the IoT and healthcare IT, a behind-the-scenes look at what happens in a server room, and an ode to system administrators: it's been a busy year for our video team! 

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21.12.2018

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The 4 Biggest Mistakes in My IT Career

Before I decided to mess up Paessler's online marketing team, I spent almost 20 years as an IT admin. At the end of the previous millennium, I enjoyed a classic apprenticeship as an IT administrator (back then, the profession was still called "data processing manager" in Germany)...

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19.12.2018

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A Merry, Betty Christmas!

Today Betty plays Santa and brings you the second Q&A episode in a row. Simply because she can. 

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14.12.2018

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From AI to Monitoring the Death Star: Our Content Highlights of 2018

One hundred and forty eight blog articles (and counting)...it's been a busy 2018 for the Paessler team of bloggers! And being the geeks that we are, it's been a blast writing about topics that we love: networking and tech. Now — as is customary this time of year — we thought we'd...

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