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How can I track geo data of my Mobile Probe device?

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I use the Mobile Probe on my mobile device and would like to log its movements in order to show the taken way on a Geo Map in PRTG.

How can I achieve this?

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Created on Dec 17, 2013 2:49:20 PM by  Gerald Schoch [Paessler Support]



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This article applies to PRTG Network Monitor 14.x.9 or later

Geo Tracking with the Android Mobile Probe for PRTG

You can use your PRTG Mobile Probe to show and track the geo location of your mobile device. With this feature, PRTG can show you in Geo Maps where your device currently is and which way it has taken to get there. PRTG draws the route directly into the geo map of your Mobile Probe device.

Note: This feature does not work with Google Static Maps!

Show Location of Mobile Device in Geo Maps

Please follow the steps below:

  1. Set up your PRTG Mobile Probe.
  2. Create a Location sensor on the mobile probe device.
  3. Open the settings of the probe device and scroll to section Location.
  4. In the first line of the Location (for geo maps) field, provide the default location (for example Northpole, or New York, Broadway, or the current location of your mobile device) where the device will be placed on the map. This location will be used if no location data is collected by the location sensor.
  5. Starting in the second line, add the code as given in the example below and adjust the parameters to your needs.

Example with location "Northpole" in the first line and the code to use starting in the second line: Northpole { "id":1004, "count":20, "waypointstyle":null, "waypointmarker":2, "style":{ "strokeColor":"#0404B4", "strokeOpacity":0.7, "strokeWidth":2, "fillColor":"#0000ff", "fillOpacity":0.1 } }

Important: Make sure the last closing bracket is also the last character in the field and there are no blanks behind.

Note: If Geo Maps do not work properly anymore after adding the geo tracking code like above, try removing all line brakes and spaces from the code and write it into one line: Northpole{"id":1004,"count":20,"waypointstyle":null,"waypointmarker":2,"style":{"strokeColor":"#0404B4","strokeOpacity":0.7,"strokeWidth":2,"fillColor":"#0000ff","fillOpacity":0.1}}

Parameters to Use

  • id: the ID of your Location sensor (look it up on the sensor overview page)
  • count: the number of drawn past way points; the higher the number, the longer the tracked way
  • waypointstyle: use ”marker” (do not forget the quotation marks) as parameter if you want to label the way points, otherwise use null (without quotation marks)
  • waypointmarker: every n-th way point will be shown (would be every second point in the example above)
  • style: You can adjust the appearance of the geo tracker in the map to your needs or use the style as provided in the example.

Save the location settings and PRTG will draw the movement of your mobile device into the corresponding probe device's geo map. Additional information will be shown in graphs next to the map, for example an indicator for the speed of the movement.

Created on Dec 17, 2013 2:57:22 PM by  Gerald Schoch [Paessler Support]

Last change on Jun 15, 2015 3:50:35 PM by  Gerald Schoch [Paessler Support]



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I'm using PRTG version 15.4.21.5481. Where can I find the "Location" section of the sensor?

After I installed PRTG Mobile Probe on my cell phone and after I activated the probe, the "Location" monitor was already created, along with several other sensors.

I don't see a "Location" section in the settings of the sensor. All I see are "Sensor Name", "Tags", "Priority", "Sensor Display", "Scanning Interval", "Schedules, Dependencies, and Maintenance Window", and "Access Rights".

Created on Jan 10, 2016 7:44:46 AM by  jeff0000 (0)



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Hi Jeff,

The location cannot be set on sensor level, but on device level. Click on the name of the parent device and then onto the settings tab to change the location.

Best regards, Felix

Created on Jan 11, 2016 6:58:28 AM by  Felix Saure [Paessler Support]



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