Got that sinking-feeling when you ignored the urge to check your email? Did you miss a super-important message? In reflection perhaps if you had received a SMS or text message alert, telling you that your server was overheating, that might have saved the day?
Believe us when we say we've heard it all too often. And once upon a time, the same thing happened to us too.
But how do I find out if my server room is overheating when I'm not near my email?
There is an easy solution that can help turn your important email messages (such as temperature alerts from your server room or communications room, to say it's over heating), into a text / SMS message, delivered straight to your Australian mobile telephone.
I'm pretty sure you'd reactive quickly to a SMS saying that your server room had reached 55.3 degrees Celsius (and rising!). So here's what you need to do:
- First get yourself an Ethernet Thermometer (such as the very popular PAPAGO, or TME)
- Next configure the device (login to the web interface at this address: http://192.168.1.254/ )
- Choose and set your alert thresholds in your Ethernet Thermometer. E.g. get email or SMS alerts if the temperature goes below 12.1 degrees C or above 27.4C.
- Set your email alerts address (use a mailing list if you can)*
(Why set lower limits? Well sometimes air conditioners let out a blast of extra-cold air just before they fail... So you might get an early warning of an impending air-conditioner failure).
Setting the email address for alerts is really the crucial step. If you can use a mailing list on your mail server, that's even better. We suggest including all the people that need to get the email. But also, you can add an email-to-SMS service, like Utbox.net.
All an email-to-SMS service does is receive a short email message, and turn it into an SMS sent to your mobile phone(s) of choice. You could use a mailing list to send one SMS to the IT-on-call person, and one SMS to building management. Or to the whole IT team. It's your choice.
So there really is no excuse to not getting notified if your equipment room is getting too hot (or cold). Get yourself a TME or other Ethernet thermometer today and start receiving email and SMS alerts.
So you can use the web interface of the Ethernet Thermometers we sell, to change the alert thresholds and email addresses. And you can also use the really handy web interface, to just check the current temperature... See example screen shot from a TME in use below: