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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 meltdown.

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.

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.

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 have a full-blown automated solution. Whatever the status of your smart home, it's always interesting to get some inspiration from how others have done it. Which is why, for the latest episode of our Maker Monday YouTube show, we visited the (smart)home of one of our colleagues, Chris.

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 individual gateways works, and on which basis we provide the individual cloud formation stacks with the necessary speed.

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 newest stadium, and how it showcases what has become an important aspect of the game day experience for sports fans: network connectivity. You might be surprised at some of the figures...

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 particularly concerns extensive and major industrial projects (IIoT) as well, in the context of Smart City or Smart Agriculture. There is increasing demand for connecting simple devices such as sensors and actuators with as little energy consumption and the greatest coverage possible. And this type of connectivity is what is typically discussed when people speak of low-power wide-area networking or LPWAN. As such, LPWAN is designed to connect low-cost, low-power and low-bandwidth devices, but there are several technological differences under this umbrella term that we wish to present here.

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 managing PRTG. PrtgAPI can be used to add even more flexibility to PRTG.  To show you just some of the functionality that PrtgAPI provides, we decided to do a series of blog posts giving some examples of how you can use it. In this one: how to add multiple devices or groups programmatically to PRTG.  

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 to find out more.

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. 

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 facial hair and a cat on her left shoulder. But we have seen how other IT and Internet trends have behaved in recent years and even decades ago. Logical conclusions can be drawn from this about how IoT trends could behave over the next 3 to 5 years. So let's map out together the 5 most exciting strategic IoT trends for the coming years.

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 Year's Eve, and as expected, we saw a spike. But how serious was the spike? And what does it mean for cities and their air quality levels overall?

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. Today, 6 years later, Aaron is an Internet legend (known to the general public through the film The Internet's Own Boy), while general censorship on the Internet continues to progress.

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.

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 blog series, we’re going to get to the bottom of the term Lora(WAN) and highlight some of the possible trends that could result from it.