Keeping it Simple with SNMPPosted Dec 16, 2016
As broadcasters develop more complex networks for IP audio, SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) is becoming commonplace. At its most basic, it is a protocol for collecting information about and controlling managed devices on IP networks. These might include workstations, printers, servers, routers, and switchers. But it has the potential to do a great deal more for broadcasters.
Chris Tarr is Director of Technical Operations for Entercom Wisconsin. The cluster he manages includes two sites, with three stations in Madison and three in Milwaukee – 80 miles away. To make things more interesting, he is the only engineer for the sites. “Over the past two years, my goal has been to combine command and control functions in order to more easily manage the facilities.” That's where SNMP comes into the picture.