Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)

Your meter supports SNMP once you have enabled SNMP on your meter. You need to upload the meter’s MIB file (available from ) into the NMS managing your meter.

Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is part of the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol suite. SNMP is an application layer protocol that enables the exchange of network management information between devices, allowing you to manage network performance and to identify and solve problems on networks with devices of various types.

SNMP configuration assumes that you have an advanced understanding of SNMP and the communications network and power system that your meter is connected to.

Key terms

Software resident on the managed device which interfaces between the device and the NMS.
Managed device
Your meter in the SNMP network.
Community name/string
A text string that helps authenticate requests between the managed device and the NMS.
Managed object
Any parameter referenced in the MIB file.
A management information base which organizes the OIDs in a hierarchical tree.
A network management station, manager or client that executes applications to monitor and control devices. An NMS must have the standard and custom MIB files and SNMP manager software.
An object identifier that uniquely identifies and labels a managed object in the MIB.
Trap receiver
An NMS that is configured to receive traps and whose IP address is an SNMP trap destination.
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