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Outages.IO offers consumers, business and IT professionals an inexpensive means of monitoring online resources and critical Internet services from the perspective of the connection itself.
Outages.IO helps find IP weak points and other problems by installing agents in multiple key locations or at customer premises. Use in addition to centralized monitoring or stand alone to help find problems closer to each location. Outages.IO also helps eliminate Internet outage related finger pointing and other discrepancies with hard facts.
Outages.IO shows exactly where and with whom issues are – in the building, with the provider or beyond no matter if outages have been reported or not. Reports show recent and historical events, trends and more. Instant notifications can alert techs of possible problems with any location. Especially useful with remotely managed services and unmanned locations.
Our software runs on Windows 7/8/10, Centos7, Debian7 and embedded devices. Our embedded hardware agents are only $35/each, self updating, use only around 1 watt of power and run 24/7 never missing a thing. No training, no learning curve and no large budgets to be considered first. Simply buy as you need.
Internet content providers
We know how hard you work to keep your services online 24/7. Inaccessibility is typically due to users own Internet services. With Outages.IO, they’ll know that and never blame you.
IT, Tech support companies
Why get the finger pointed at you when the problem is their Internet, not your managed services. Preempt problems.
Remote, unmanned locations
Some locations, especially hard to reach ones that depend on reliable Internet can use Outages.IO to know instantly when something becomes inaccessible. Optional video.
Municipal broadband initiatives
Outages.IO is an inexpensive way to monitor your own network or local providers for problems that you may not be able to find until the complaints start coming in.
Windows 7, 8 and 10
Linux Centos7, Debian7 OpenWrt
Mini routers, project and other embedded devices
ar71xx and ramips based.
Advantages of adding Outages.IO to monitor IP
Most network operators employ some type of centralized monitoring to watch overall network conditions. From our own experiences using these tools, we’ve discovered that problems being experienced from the customer premises equipment (CPE) side would often not be seen by centralized monitoring.
Customers often complain about problems that can’t be found after they have experienced them. By the time they call tech support, connectivity may be back to normal, hops could have changed and there is no simple way to diagnose what happened. We developed the Outages.IO solution specifically because we wanted to see connectivity as it was being experienced by the customer.
Accountability for communities, cities, states
Searching the Internet yields countless cases where outages had serious consequences which lead to finger pointing, arguing and sometimes even lawsuits. Organizations, cities and states have ended up heading to the courts over disputes with their Internet provider. Lawsuits can be expensive and time-consuming. In most cases, there isn’t enough proof about the downtime suffered to reach anything beyond the provider saying they will try harder going forward.
Outages.IO helps to eliminate these and other problems for businesses and consumers who depend on local providers and upper tiers being reliable, Reports show a clear picture and from multiple points making it practically impossible to argue or dismiss the problem occurred, even after the fact. This helps everyone involved find a solution to fix it.
Monitoring from the LAN perspective
The agent monitors the connection as just another device on the LAN, logging everything that happens with the circuit, including outages as short as one second. While one second outages might not sound important, consider a connection which is experiencing constant and or intermittent micro outages and how those could add up to possible problems with VoIP and other real time protocols. We’ve seen it and experienced it many times.
Should a hardware agent fail, it is as simple as ordering a replacement. For redundancy, to ensure that changing out the device doesn’t lead to starting all new reports for a specific location, a second device can be ordered and keyed to the same ID and kept locally as an instant replacement.
Stay ahead of potential problems
The Outages.IO solution on its own or in addition to centralized monitoring helps ensure that Internet connectivity of one or more circuits is always up, always available. This is especially important in situations where two or more circuits are in use for redundancy. If redundancy were to fail, it could lead to serious concerns.
Outages.IO helps to eliminate these and other issues by giving IT personnel a heads up of possible issues, always having data available during and after events, often even preempting customer complaints and down time.
Some key features:
- Installing our hardware agents takes only minutes and begins working instantly.
- IP connectivity is monitored 24/7. All 1+ second outages are logged.
- Optional automatic speed testing for baseline speeds and based on conditions such as latency.
- Agent is able to determine if problems are local, with the provider or beyond on most sites.
- Reports show trends such as when most outages occur, where and with whom.
- Reports show exactly where problems were/are, length, IP, hop, owner and other details.
- Dashboard can be reached over the Internet using mobile if local network is down.
- ‘Customer view’ allows customers to see their own dashboard with limited controls to prevent changing your settings.
- *Optional instant notifications can be sent to someone if the agent suddenly stops communicating.
*Inactive agent can mean it has been disconnected, powered down or that there is an outage in progress. If it was an outage, the details will be available in the dashboard as soon as the agent regains Internet access.
Additional hardware benefits:
- For business, our hardware device is on the job 24/7 for the best logging possible.
- Simple deployment. Connect to free Ethernet port and power up.
- Auto starts, auto updates. Only 2″-3″ square, uses around 1500mW, perfect for remote, unmanned locations.
- The agent software runs in memory limiting flash erosion in order to survive for years.
- No learning curve or budget concerns at only $35 per agent, order as needed.
- Easily replaceable with no loss of historical data.
Feel free to contact us about your application and how Outages.IO might be able to give you additional peace of mind in offering reliable services to your customers.
For consumers and small business
Outages.IO can be used by anyone that is wanting to better understand how their Internet connection is doing. When suffering Internet connectivity issues, it inevitably comes down to usually having no way of knowing what’s going on, especially after the fact. Contacting your providers support line after a problem simply adds to frustrations when being told ‘everything looks fine’.
Outages.IO shows you exactly what’s going on, no matter where or with whom the problems are as it monitors the performance of your Internet connection to help find reasons for slow, sluggish or completely down services.
Network operators pay top dollar to make sure you see their reported outages when you search for “outage” using your favorite search engine. This makes it much harder to find solutions like Outages.IO which can help expose issues affecting your own service in your own area.
Most outage sites get their information from the same sources: network providers posting about their own outages or various points around the Internet reporting problem. This information is scraped together into basic outage reports that may or may not be all that helpful to you.
While large outages can affect you, most of your problems are probably smaller, ongoing intermittent ones in your own area causing you trouble. How often has your Internet misbehaved and you searched for outages online or contacted the provider, only to be told that no outages have been reported in your area? You know your Internet connection is not solid, but there’s no proof. Are you the only one having issues? Probably not.
The endless tech support loop
By the time you’ve made your way through the phone tree to a real person, or have been told to reboot this and that, it starts working again. You hang up frustrated, knowing you’ve experienced problems but have no way to show this for more help.
If you’re lucky enough to have some proof, maybe a screenshot of your network disconnected with date and time, it’s often dismissed as something on your end because they can’t see it on their own network, so it must be on your end. Same advice, reboot your modem or router and try again.
Ever wonder if neighbors are experiencing the same problems? Now you can post your findings and compare with others in your area to get the bigger picture. Being armed with information and statistics makes contacting support a lot easier and when others are experiencing similar problems, it becomes hard to dismiss yours.
Clarity starts with Outages.IO
Once you start monitoring your services, your reports will show you everything about your connection. You will quickly begin to see what is really going on, even if your provider doesn’t know about the problems or is unwilling to admit to any which is typical.
Your reports show current, past and historical events, trends, where and who is having the issue, even if unreported. Reports show if problems are in your building, with your Internet provider or beyond. No guessing. You can also receive instant notifications of possible outages and much more.
Outages.IO is non intrusive, monitoring only the connectivity and not what you visit or search. Outages.IO is 100% anti profiling as we believe that providing good services is how businesses should earn their keep and not by profiling everything consumers do.
Outages.IO is about empowering you, an Internet consumer. One person can be dismissed, but when many are seeing the same problem, it’s much harder to deny it.
Outages.IO is all about giving you easy to use tools that allow monitoring Internet connections and online services and devices. Our services are low cost, easy to use for non technical consumers to those who are interested in digging into the details. Services can be used separately or even combined in order to solve a variety of Internet related problems. To illustrate this, we have created the following explanations.
#1 Internet Monitoring: Tracking your Internet connection and provider Install the monitoring agent on your PC/server or order our hardware version for the best reports possible. Reports show when, where and who is having problems, along with simple to understand text such as: “the problem is at your location” or “the problem is with your Internet provider” or “the problem is beyond your Internet provider”.
We also include, at no cost, an open ports scan of your router/firewall, DDNS and other features. Advanced details are available for those that want to dig in deeper to know exactly which hop was problematic, who owns it and more. Instant notifications can be enabled to alert you if there is a potential Internet outage occurring.
#2 Hosts Monitoring: Tracking your online services for problemsOutages.IO hosts, services and device monitoring lets you know instantly if there are problems with your online services. Your dashboard displays an ongoing heartbeat of your host being online and problems are displayed in a variety of ways that inform you about events including email and SMS alerts.
The service monitors both server and individual services in order to correlate reports. This helps to prevent false positives about server vs. services outages. By doing this, reports can be generated showing how often a specific service may be problematic while the server itself might actually have highly reliable uptimes.
On the other hand, if the server itself becomes unavailable regularly, there may be a local networking issue which requires attention rather than any of the services themselves. Knowing where to look can significantly help shorten the amount of time it might take to get a server or its services back online. Event details will show as much information as possible in order to help you discover where the problems are (or were) allowing you to correlate with your logs.
Your dashboard shows recent events, alerts, trends, ongoing historical information and other information to help you keep your services online 24/7.
#3 Internet Monitoring plus Hosts Monitoring: A complete view inside and out. For the most complete view possible of your services, adding both Internet and Hosts Monitoring shows you how your services are being seen from an online and from your own network’s perspective.
When you combine both options, you are creating a dual monitoring solution which can help you correlate network and/or Internet related issues while at the same time monitoring your online services. Having the ability of seeing how things are working from both inside and out helps ensure high availability of your services.
More importantly, by doing so, you will have the information you need when it comes time to either upgrading your current Internet connectivity, deciding to find a replacement or both. Dual monitoring can be enabled by simply associating your host with your agent where both are on the same IP.
A subscription must be maintained for both the agent and the hosts monitoring in order for the association to happen.
DNS server built in
No cost. Automatically enabled on select agents. Privacy is a huge topic these days and with net neutrality in a somewhat unknown state people are becoming more interested in protecting their online activities.
The first step toward privacy, especially in light of net neutrality is finding DNS services which are not your providers. Hardware agents ordered from our site come with a DNS server built in.
You simply change the DNS server settings in your networking to point to your agent and you’ll now be using internal DNS services.
If you do not know the LAN IP of your agent, simply log into your dashboard and you can find that IP in the Details section or the At a glance section if you have your dashboard set to full mode.
Remember that if your agent gets powered off, so does it’s DNS server so make sure to always keep it on using a standby power supply or UPS.
Connect a USB camera
No cost. Enable/disable at will. Supply your camera. Some of our agents allow you to connect a compatible (UVC) webcam to the USB connector on the device. The most obvious use is as an extra security camera but possible uses include remote, unmanned locations where you could use a quick view before sending personnel or equipment.
RAS – Remote Access Service
There are many reasons why opening firewall ports may not be possible and in these cases you now have a solution.
By installing one of our agents on the LAN, you can monitor the Internet connection while at the same time being able to access resources on that same LAN. Once RAS is enabled, you can configure and maintain which public IP should be allowed and which devices should be reachable on the LAN.
The agent will then establish a connection to the Logicore RAS network which will allow the public IP you have selected to gain access to your LAN device.
The illustration shows how things work, as explained in the following steps:
- Install a hardware agent on the LAN where you want to reach something.
- Enable RAS on this agent, set the LAN IP/Port you’d like to reach and which public IP is allowed.
- The agent establishes a connection (orange) to Logicore’s RAS services.
- Visit your dashboard, click on the RAS URL which opens a connection (blue) to your LAN device.
Secure and encrypted
The RAS connection is encrypted and secured. Only you know the URL, as it can only be seen from your dashboard. The connection is blocked from any traffic but the public IP that you have selected. You now have access to any LAN-sided device without having opened any firewall ports which could otherwise be seen by potential hackers looking for open ports. Change the LAN IP/port combination at any time to reach other devices and you now have a secure method of reaching hardware that is safe and secure behind the main firewall.
When installing agents at multiple locations, your dashboard displays all agents that you manage/own along with a RAS icon for agents which are so enabled. Click on the RAS link for any site you’d like to access and a new tab will pop open connecting you to the remote location.
For light data transfers
The RAS solution is perfect for MSPs and others who need to reach resources on LAN sided devices such as routers, switches, VoIP, any device which you need to maintain. The service is NOT meant for large file transfers, video streaming and other heavy data transfer uses.
Data usage is metered as well as bandwidth use in order to ensure the best performance possible for all members. Note that the service will be disabled without refund if data usage exceeds reasonable limits. Those limits are displayed in your dashboard.
Subscription $10/month is required – Enable/disable as needed
No long term contracts or agreements, month to month or bundles. Simply enable RAS as you need it, when you need it.