Network Maintenance

This section focuses on maintaining the technical integrity of your system for routine operations.

Monitoring a P25 radio system is very different from monitoring an analog system. The P25 radio network is made up of numerous components, which must communicate with each other. To successfully manage them, you need to understand their use and how they communicate.

Broadly, the components can be classified in three tiers:

  • system-level components (e.g. network controllers),
  • site-level components (e.g. base stations),
  • subscriber-level components (e.g. portable and mobile radios).

In contrast to analog systems which often contain proprietary equipment and interfaces, open-standard P25 communication networks are generally IP-based. They utilize components (such as switches and routers) that make use of standard transport protocols (such as TCP/IP), and also include built-in IP monitoring that conforms to the standard Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).

A variety of SNMP-based tools, from the simplest to the most sophisticated network management applications, can monitor all the components of your P25 network.

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