Why Network Management Is Important

For control engineers, their primary goal is to ensure that they have system availability, but they often do this without focusing on the network status. This is becoming problematic because even though the Industrial Internet of Things is helping to connect more and more devices, it is unfortunately increasing network complexity and introducing new security risks. Without network visibility, it is very difficult to identify the root cause of problems. Control engineers often have to revert to trial and error to get the system back to normal, which is time consuming and troublesome.

What if control engineers had clear visibility of the network status and could quickly identify the root cause of network downtime?

Moxa’s industrial network management software offers visibility of operational technology (OT) that allows network operators to make more informed decisions throughout network deployment, maintenance, and diagnostics. Furthermore, MXview now supports the MXview Wireless module to extend this visibility to Wi-Fi networks, featuring dynamic topologies for at-a-glance monitoring and roaming playback for more efficient troubleshooting. Continue reading to learn more or download the trial version to experience MXview for yourself.

Explore the New Features to Get Full Visibility for Your Industrial Networks

  • Visualize Industrial Networks
  • Visualize Wi-Fi Connections
  • Set Up Notifications
  • Integrate Into Other Systems

Visualize Your Industrial Networks

After scanning the devices on your network, MXview's topology view can automatically draw the connections between devices, which significantly reduces the amount of time required to draw the network topology as well as increases the accuracy of network monitoring.

Make the Invisible Visible

MXview Wireless is an add-on module for MXview that helps you visualize the connections between Moxa’s AWK wireless devices. To help you understand the health of your wireless network, MXview Wireless features an integrated device dashboard, dynamic topology, and the ability to troubleshoot using an animated playback feature. Watch the video or visit the Automated Materials Handling System microsite to learn more.

Set Up Notifications to Keep You Informed About Your Network Status

MXview offers a variety of notification methods including email, Microsoft Teams, Slack, and others. You can choose the method most convenient for you and deal with any problems as soon as they arise. You can also back up device configurations.

Integrate MXview Into Your Systems and Web Applications

There are two ways to integrate MXview into other systems. The first, which does not require any coding, is to embed widgets into the system. The second is to deploy a RESTful API so that you can integrate the information into MXview in your other systems and web applications.

Moxa’s Network Management Software Can Help You

  • Maximize System Uptime

    MXview network management software provides real-time alerts when an event takes place on the network and NSnap takes a snapshot to help operators quickly identify the root cause of issues that occurred on the network.

  • Visualize Network Status

    MXview's new interface helps users easily integrate network management software into their existing systems such as SCADA via OPC DA tags or RESTful APIs.

  • Manage Device Security

    MXview and MXconfig provide visibility and control to enhance device security. Users can view the security status of devices at a glance and quickly enhance the security of their devices.

Understand Why Our Customers Chose MXstudio

  • A Rail Customer
  • A Manufacturing Customer
  • A Water and Waste Case

Real-time Network Visibility of a Rail Network

A high-speed railway operator built a fiber Ethernet backbone for data transmission between its Operation Management Center and multiple railway stations to ensure high network availability. In order to manage their large-scale networks effectively, the customer chose Moxa's industrial network management software to help their automation engineers view detailed device information quickly. Furthermore, the software allowed them to quickly identify a specific device among the racks of devices, which shortened the amount of time required to perform maintenance as well as minimized downtime. Read on to learn more about the case study.

Integrating Industrial Networks and Enterprise Networks

A communication device manufacturer wanted to integrate their industrial networks and enterprise networks to increase operational efficiency. To achieve this goal, IT engineers needed to manage both enterprise and manufacturing networks at the same time. The customer chose MXview as it provides RESTful API, which allowed the IT engineers to monitor the network from a single monitor. In addition, by deploying industrial-grade devices with fast recovery times, Moxa helped the customer ensure the reliability of their industrial networks.

Increase Network Device Security With Just a Few Clicks

A water and waste system spanned the majority of a European city and was monitorable from an industrial network. The local government wanted to increase the network security in order to keep the infrastructure secure. As the plant manager was not an expert on network security and this project had to be implemented quickly, it was a challenge to ensure that the network security was sufficient in a short period of time. MXview's Security View was the ideal solution because it offered a way for the plant manager to visualize the network security status. Equipped with network visibility, the plant manager could direct resources to the parts of the network that needed additional security features. In addition, MXconfig Security Wizard helped the plant manager to identify the critical security parameters. This information was passed to the control engineers who were able to quickly ensure that the device configurations met the industry standards.

Customer Testimonial

  • Moxa MXview comes in very handy for my team to manage the traffic network. It can be accessed through any web browser. We can upload the city map to view where Moxa networking devices are located and identify bottlenecks, making it easier to set network traffic thresholds.

Mitch Megas
Traffic Engineering Technician for the City of Lancaster

Take a Look Inside

MXstudio Network Management Suite

  • An all-in-one toolset for installation, operation, maintenance, and diagnostic stages of the network lifecycle
  • MXconfig, MXview, and N-Snap facilitate easy and quick industrial network management

MXview Network Management Software

  • Can manage up to 10 sites with a maximum of 20,000 nodes
  • Easily integrated into third-party applications with a web widget and RESTful API interface
  • A network dashboard to check the network status
  • MXview Wireless is an add-on module for MXview that helps you visualize wireless connections

MXconfig Network Configuration Tool

  • Configuration is 10 times faster than one-by-one deployment (with 100 switches)
  • Link sequence detection eliminates manual configuration errors
  • Security Wizard simplifies managing the security settings of network devices