Honorable Mention #1
Portable Network Service Monitor
Alexander Popov & Peter Popov
This portable network service monitor was developed to help network administrators supervise datacenters. The handy monitor—which features a WIZnet WIZ810MJ module and Atmel ATmega128 microcontroller—is equipped with a 4 × 20 LCD that can display important messages from any configured server in a local network. It also continuously checks connectivity to predefined services on different machines. When problems occur, it triggers an alarm.
“We built a handheld network monitor that is not only an inexpensive solution, but also an extremely flexible one. The device consists of WIZnet WIZ810MJ module, an Atmel ATmega128L microcontroller, a power supply, 4 × 20 LCD, and a TTL-to-RS-232 converter for debugging. The WIZ810MJ module fits quite well in an 8-bit TCP/IP-enabled design without external memories, thus saving money and space. We enjoyed working with the module because of the easy hardware interfacing and good how-to documentation.”— Alexander Popov & Peter Popov