Algorius Net Viewer Manual | Network Devices

Adding to Network Map

To add a new device, simply drag it from the device list right to the network map. You can also add a device by selecting the Add device mode on the toolbar or by pressing Ctrl+D. The cursor in the editor will take the form of input, symbolizing about this mode. Clicking on the map will set the upper left position of the device.

The Device Properties dialog box will appear. Specify the required parameters and press OK. A new device will be added to the network map.

To create copy of a device, select it, hold Ctrl and drag the device.

Editing Devices

All the basic device operations, such as device deleting, moving, etc. comply with the general rules. See the relevant paragraphs in the Network Map Objects section.

To configure a network map device, select it and select Properties from its context menu or select it and press Alt+Enter. The Device Properties dialog box will appear:

The device properties editor allows specifying the following items:

  • Name — a device name to be shown on a network map right below the device icon;
  • Address — a device address to be used to determine the device activity. It can be IP address, DNS name, or URL depending on the device scanning method chosen.
  • Type — a device type.
  • Image — an image that appears in a tooltip when you hover over a device. Usually it is a photo of the device owner, or device photo or logo.
  • Login — login for authorization on the current device. See Password Manager for more information.
  • Monitoring — device scanning methods settings. See Scanning methods settings for more information.
  • Description — a device description that appears in a tooltip when you hover over a device.
  • Ports —device ports settings. See Ports and Interfaces for more information.
  • Connections — configure connections between devices. See Connections for more information.

You can also add some additional attributes. Click the additional attributes button (Plus on tab set) to open the context menu allowing you to select additional attributes, add new attribute, or choose the most frequently used attributes (which are used for other devices on the current map).

Appearance

To change the size of a single device, select it on the map and drag one of its edge. If you simultaneously hold down the Shift button, then the device will be scaled from the center.

To change the size of multiple devices, select them on the map and choose Scale from their context menu. Scaling dialog box will appear. Type the required scale in percents and press OK.

To switch on/off displaying devices status, select required devices on the map and choose AppearanceShow Status in their context menu. Status includes the scanning method, scanning result and event severity indication (if there is any), according to the Notification settings. Status is displayed only for scanned devices.

In order to change the inscriptions font for the devices selected, select AppearanceFont in their context menu. You’ll see the Font dialogue. Choose the font you need and press OK.

To change the label location (on to the right/left/top/bottom) for the devices selected, select Appearance in their context menu and select required side. The labels’ position will change.

Changing Device Type

To change a device type, select AppearanceType in its context menu. Choose Device Type dialog box will appear. Select the desired device type and press OK.

In case there is more than one device selected, the new device type will be applied for all of devices. See the Selecting Map Objects section.

Scanning Methods

To configure scanning methods of a device, select the device and select Properties from its context menu. The Device Properties dialog box will appear. Select Monitoring tab:

There are following items in the editor:

Add (Ins) Add new scanning method into the list.
Duplicate (Ctrl+D) Create copies of selected scanning methods in the list.
Delete (Del) Delete selected scanning methods from the list.
Cut (Ctrl+X) Move selected scanning methods from the list to the clipboard.
Copy (Ctrl+C) Copy selected scanning methods from the list to the clipboard.
Paste (Ctrl+V) Paste scanning methods from the clipboard to the list.
Move Up (Ctrl+Up) Move up selected scanning methods in the list.
Move down (Ctrl+Down) Move down selected scanning methods in the list.
List of scanning methods List of scanning methods with state displaying (active/inactive/unknown).
Scanning method Method of device scanning. See Scanning methods for more information.
Login Login to authorize for the specified scanning method. See Password Manager for more information. If no login is specified, then device login is used. See Editing Devices for more information.
Logging level Level of selected methods logging. See Logging level settings for more information.
Refresh rate Frequency of selected methods scanning. See Refresh rate settings for more information.

In order to add/remove scanning methods simultaneously for several devices on a map, select those devices and choose required scanning methods in their context menu. In the context menu checkmark displays scanning methods, which are present in all the selected devices, and stars — which are present in some of the selected devices.

Use Group Operations to add/edit/remove scanning methods for several devices on several maps simultaneously.

Logging Level

You can specify the level of logging to keep space needed for monitoring log in the database. It speeds up report generation due to less data to be processed.

There are 3 levels of monitoring log for the devices:

  • Full — polling result for each device goes into monitoring log.
  • Statistical — only static data per hour gets into monitoring log, e.g. number of requests; success requests; failed requests; average, minimum, maximum sensor value; data on device status change; error codes.
  • Minimal — only information about power on/off goes into monitoring log.
  • Off — no monitoring log for a device.

Please note: if logging level is not Full of Statistical for a device, then monitoring log reports will be limited for that device, since there will be just no statistical data for a report. See Monitoring Reports for more information.

Open device settings and select desired mode to setup the device logging. The logging is set separately for each scanning method.

If you want to setup device logging for several devices on one map simultaneously, select these devices and choose the required mode in device context menu.

Use group operations to setup logging for several devices on several maps simultaneously.

Refresh Rate

The refresh rate defines the frequency to scan the devices. More frequent scanning increases the accuracy and applicability of monitoring results. Less frequent scanning decreases the load on network, application and monitoring log.

There are 5 refresh rate profiles: default, very often, often, seldom, very seldom. Default profile is assigned to new devices.

You can define a value for each profile in monitoring settings – e.g. every 40 seconds as often and every 10 minutes as seldom.

Open device settings and select desired refresh rate to setup the device scanning. The refresh rate is set separately for each scanning method.

In order to assign refresh rate simultaneously for several devices on a map, select those devices and choose required refresh rate in their context menu.

Use Group Operations to setup refresh rate for several devices on several maps simultaneously.

Connecting Devices

Devices can be connected to each other similarly to their physical connection. Lines can be used for connection which allows visualizing the real cable connection on the network map. Items can also be connected without lines, for example, to describe a wireless connection or to avoid overcharging of the map with lines. The connection type, cable/channel length, ports used for the connection and other information can be specified in the connection settings.

To connect several devices using lines, for example, ten PCs to a switch, you need to select those PCs and switch, right-click the switch and select Connect Objects. All PCs will automatically become connected to a switch with accurate lines.

New devices can be connected to a switch in the same manner. Old lines will move automatically to add new lines in an accurate manner.

In order to connect devices to each other without lines, for example, several computers with a Wi-Fi router, you have to select the router and left-click on the required computers while holding down the Alt key.

If you select a device other devices are connected to on the map, the connected devices will be highlighted with a special frame.

In order to disconnect devices, all you have to do is delete the line connecting them or select one of the devices and, while holding down the Alt key, click on the other device.

Connections can be set up in the device editor or line editor.

The connection type can also be set in the line context menu. In order to do this, select one or several lines on the map and select the required type in the line context menu in the Connection Type section. Or select New Type in this menu and enter the type manually.

If a line enters a port and an address is set for the port, this port is displayed on the map, next to the device, right above the line which enters the port:

When hovering over the line which connects the devices, the connected devices, ports, connection type, channel length and speed are displayed in the hint. The channel speed is determined automatically based on the ports speed.

When hovering over a device which has some connections, the list of all connections and the ports used for each connection are displayed in the hint.

If a line connects devices, you can specify which port the line is connected to for each device and specify the cable type and length.

If you move the devices then all connected lines are moved also steadily, minimizing the number of crossings and calculating the optimal entry points.

If you want to edit a line, you can add interim nodes and set them to desired place.

See Editing Lines for more information.

If you need to connect a device to another switch, you need just to change the line end to another switch.

If you already have some lines under devices and you need to connected them to the devices, you should to select the lines, right-click one of them and select Connect Objects.

If you need to connect all lines with devices, you can select all objects on the map Edit->Select All (Ctrl+A), right–click any line and select Connect Objects. The lines, which were located under devices, will be connected to the appropriate devices.

Group Operations

Group Operations allow adjusting any attribute for several devices at a time on one or more maps. To start group operation, select EditGroup Operations from the main window menu. The Group Operations dialog box will open:

Specify devices which need to be configured:

  • Devices on all maps. Available only if all opened maps are captured for editing.
  • Devices on the current map. Available only if the current map is captured for editing.
  • Devices on the captured maps. Available only if there is another map captured for editing.
  • Devices on the selected maps. Available only if Group Operations is opened from context menu of map list.
  • Selected device on the current map. Available only if the current map is captured for editing and it has one or more selected devices.

Optionally, you can select the devices by type, by the presence of a certain scanning method.

Select the operation you want to perform:

  • Change attribute value — to change the value of an attribute.
  • Copy attribute value — to copy a value from one attribute to another.
  • Move attribute value — to transfer a value from one attribute to another.
  • Delete attribute value — to delete (clear) the attribute value.
  • Find and replace in the attribute value — to search for and replace the entered text in the value of the specified attribute. Search by full or partial match, case sensitive, whole words, regular expressions is available. See Advanced Search section for more information.
  • Add scanning method — to add a scanning method.
  • Delete scanning method — to delete a scanning method.

Select the attribute you want to change (available if you select to change, delete, copy, or move the attribute value).

Select the destination – the attribute to which you want to copy or move the value of the specified attribute (available if copy or move operation is selected).

Select the scanning method you want to add or remove (available if you select to add or delete a scanning method).

In case the attribute being changed is an attribute of the inventory section, an inventory card will be automatically created and assigned for the device (if the card has not yet been assigned to the device) and a new element will be added to this section (if there is no such element in this section yet). If there are already several elements in this section, then the operation will be applied to all elements in this section.

Devices will be updated after pressing the OK button.

Action on Double–Click

You can assign an action to be performed by double–clicking on the device located on a network map. To assign the action select FileSettings in main menu or click Settings button in toolbar or click F9. Settings window will open. Select Devices tab:

Following actions can be made with devices:

  • Edit — opens a device editor;
  • Open — opens a device address in the OS file explorer;
  • Execute external command — execute a specified external command. See External Commands section.

You can specify the default action for all devices or some specific action for the devices of specific types.

Click Add button to select device type and specify an action for that. Click Remove button to delete action assignment for specific device.