POTTR requires two electrical connections – one RJ-11 analog telephone (POTS line) jack, and one RJ-45 PoE Ethernet network jack. The RJ-11 connects to the phone line that needs to be monitored. The RJ-45 connects to the existing Ethernet network, enabling POTTR to report and log current phone line status. POTTR also requires SNMP monitoring software, like Nagios, Solarwinds, or PRTG, which should be configured to monitor POTTR status registers.
Phone Line Connection
The RJ-11 jack connects to a 2-wire POTS analog telephone line at any point, whether at the line demarcation point or at the phone line equipment (CPE) end. Anywhere on the phone line will work for a POTTR connection, including on a punch block.
Ethernet Network Connection
The RJ-45 jack connects to a PoE Ethernet port. POTTR uses Fast Ethernet for it’s network connection, which makes it compatible with virtually any PoE router or switch port. POTTR is completely powered from the PoE Ethernet port, therefore configure the port to supply power to POTTR, or install a PoE power injector for proper operation. POTTR will run as soon as PoE power is applied.
POTTR uses Static IP addressing, and must be configured properly for a particular network to operate. The steps required to program the static IP address are included in the POTTR User Guide.
More technical detail is available in the POTTR User’s Guide, including the SMTP command and status listings. Download the guide from the Datasheet link in the menu above.
POTTR is very light weight, and does not require anything more than the two electrical connections mentioned above. Mount POTTR anywhere near your POTS or Ethernet punch blocks. POTTR is very low power and can be tucked into a small space anywhere in an equipment room.
Size: 3″ x 4″ x 1″
Power: < 1 watt