MG-SOFT Trap Ringer Professional Edition

Product history


This page provides information about the major new features introduced in the latest as well as in the past releases of MG-SOFT Trap Ringer Professional Edition.

What's New in Trap Ringer 2018 Pro., Version 11

Support for the current operating system versions.
Trap Ringer Pro. and the bundled MIB Compiler applications have been tested to successfully install and run also on the most recent Microsoft Windows operating system - Windows Server 2016.
Trap Ringer and MIB Compiler now also support the recent Mac OS X (up to macOS 10.13.x High Sierra) and Linux operating systems.
Receiving SNMPv3 Trap and Inform notifications over (D)TLS.
In addition to the standard SNMPv3 User-based Security Model (USM), MG-SOFT Trap Ringer implements also Transport Security Model (TSM) with support for SNMPv3 over (D)TLS (RFC 6353) and can be configured to receive SNMPv3 Trap and Inform notifications on any TLS/TCP and DTLS/UDP port (on IPv4 and IPv6). SNMPv3 over (D)TLS provides security at the transport layer using X.509 public key infrastructure. TLS or DTLS protocol establishes a secure "tunnel" between communicating parties, through which SNMP messages are sent (in case of Trap Ringer - SNMPv3 Trap and Inform messages).
Renewed and enhanced Web reports for Web monitoring of SNMP notifications.
The built-in Web reporting feature has undergone a complete design overhaul, now featuring a modern look and feel and utilizing popular technologies like JavaScript and JSON that enhance its performance and functionality. Trap Ringer can now generate and regularly update Web reports enabling near real-time monitoring of received SNMP notifications by using a Web browser. Web monitoring can be offline or online (e.g., if computer runs a Web server like IIS or Apache). The access to Web reports generated by Trap Ringer can be password protected and their contents can be sorted and filtered by any SNMP notification attribute (e.g., notification type, reception date and time, source address, SNMP version, variable binding name or value, etc.). All this makes the Web monitoring a viable alternative to the standard console monitoring of SNMP notifications in Trap Ringer GUI.
Support for HMAC-SHA-2 authentication protocols in SNMPv3 USM.
SNMPv3 User-based Security Model in Trap Ringer has been extended by implementing the modern HMAC-SHA-2 authentication protocols for USM, as specified in RFC 7860. The HMAC-SHA-2 authentication protocols provide a higher level of security than original HMAC-MD5-96 and HMAC-SHA-96 authentication protocols specified in RFC 3414. The newly supported authentication protocols are: HMAC-SHA-2-224, HMAC-SHA-2-256, HMAC-SHA-2-384 and HMAC-SHA-2-512.
Support for AES-192, AES-256 and 3DES privacy protocols in SNMPv3 USM.
In addition to the standard CBC-DES and CFB-AES-128 privacy protocols, the SNMPv3 User-based Security Model in Trap Ringer now supports receiving SNMP notifications encrypted with CFB-AES-192, CFB-AES-256 and CBC-3DES privacy protocols. These encryption protocols offer stronger security, especially when used in combination with the recently implemented HMAC-SHA-2 authentication protocols.
Receiving SNMP notifications on TCP ports.
In addition to the standard UDP transport protocol, Trap Ringer now supports receiving SNMP Trap and Inform notification messages conveyed also over connection-oriented TCP transport. Trap Ringer can be configured to listen to and receive SNMPv1, SNMPv2c, SNMPv3 USM, and SNMPv3 TSM (via D/TLS) notifications on any TCP or UDP port.
Forwarding SNMP notifications by using SNMPv3 TSM with (D)TLS transport.
The built-in notification proxy forwarding feature has been extended and now supports forwarding SNMP notification messages to any IPv4 or IPv6 address, UDP or TCP port or TLS/TCP or DTLS/UDP port. The latter two options are achieved by utilizing the SNMPv3 Transport Security Model (TSM) and conveying SNMPv3 Trap and Inform messages over secure TLS or DTLS transport using X.509 public key infrastructure.
64-bit version of the application.
In addition to the 32-bit (x86) version, Trap Ringer for Windows is now available also in 64-bit (x86_64) version, which runs natively on 64-bit operating systems that allow addressing significantly more memory.
The Linux version of the software is also available in 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x86_64) build, and the Mac OS X version is available only in 64-bit (x86_64) build.
Redesigned MIB module loading.
The MIB module loading mechanism has been redesigned and enhanced and now allows loading thousands of MIB modules irrespective of the max. number of files limit (ulimit) system setting on Linux and Mac OS X.
Enhanced documentation.
Significantly updated and enhanced User Manuals and online Help documentation with numerous hints and usage examples will help you get the most from MG-SOFT's Trap Ringer Pro. and MIB Compiler.
Besides the above listed features, a number of minor improvements have been implemented in included applications, and all known problems occurring in older versions have been fixed for this release.


What's New in Trap Ringer 2016 Pro., Version 10

Support for the current operating system versions.
Trap Ringer and the bundled MIB Compiler application, have been tested to successfully install and run also on the latest Microsoft Windows operating system - Windows 10.

Trap Ringer and MIB Compiler are now also supported on the recent Mac OS X operating systems (up to macOS 10.12.x Sierra) and Linux operating systems.

DPI-aware GUI for best user experience on modern displays (UHD/4K-ready).
Trap Ringer and MIB Compiler applications are now "aware" of the system display DPI settings (on Windows and Mac OS) and automatically scale the size of their GUI components (dialogs, buttons, icons) and text accordingly to achieve the best visibility and usability also on today's high pixel density (HiDPI) displays.
Enhanced documentation.
Significantly updated and enhanced User Manual and online Help documentation with numerous hints and usage examples will help you get the most from MG-SOFT's Trap Ringer Pro.
Besides the above listed features, a number of minor improvements have been implemented in included applications, and all known problems occurring in older versions have been fixed for this release.


What's New in Trap Ringer 2012 Pro., Version 7

Search facility.
A convenient and easy-to-use search tool is now integrated into Trap Ringer GUI. Any log file (console, daily log, ring log file,..) can be searched for SNMP notifications that match the search criteria. One can perform search by virtually any SNMP notification category, like the notification type (name), reception date and time, source address, community name, enterprise OID, included variable bindings, etc. Moreover, active search operation behaves as a continuous display filter so all newly received SNMP notifications that match the search conditions are automatically added to the list of search results (until the search is cancelled). Search results can be exported to CSV (comma separated value) text files for external use.
Sending e-mails with user authentication and TLS/SSL transport support.
Trap Ringer now supports modern ESMTP mail servers that feature or require user authentication (AUTH LOGIN) and/or secure connections via TLS or SSL transport protocol. Therefore, electronic mail messages carrying information about received SNMP notifications can be successfully sent with almost any type of (E)SMTP server, including those used by the popular free e-mail providers.
Intelligent command execution control.
This new feature controls the performance of executing external programs/scripts by Trap Ringer and effectively prevents the system from overloading in case of incoming Trap bursts. New settings have been introduced on the individual command output level (e.g., terminate process after X seconds) and on the global, per-machine level (e.g., total number of simultaneously running processes, number of processes to start in a set), so the execution performance and limits can be fine tuned to running specific commands (programs/scripts), based on their nature and resources usage and the capacity of the computer running Trap Ringer Pro.
Resolving values through MIB display-hint clause.
Trap Ringer now supports formatting and displaying the values of variable bindings included in SNMP Trap and Inform messages according to the DISPLAY-HINT clause (if present) of the relevant TEXTUAL CONVENTION macro that is used as the syntax of the given MIB object (e.g., DateAndTime, etc.). Displaying the smallest pieces of information in a user-friendly manner makes Trap Ringer Pro. even more convenient and versatile.
Enhanced documentation.
Significantly updated and enhanced User Manual and online Help documentation with numerous hints and usage examples will help you get the most from MG-SOFT's Trap Ringer Pro.
Besides the above listed features, a number of minor improvements have been implemented in included applications, and all known problems occurring in older versions have been fixed for this release.

What's New in Trap Ringer 2010 Pro., Version 6

Sending SMS messages.
Trap Ringer can send SMS (Short Message Service) messages to mobile phones to notify users about received SNMP notifications. SMS messages are sent through the connected mobile phone with a built-in modem. The contents of SMS messages can be configured to include desired information about received SNMP notifications. This new feature makes sure you are always alarmed of important network events on time, regardless of your current location.
SNMP notification proxy forwarder.
In addition to performing diverse user notifying and logging operations, Trap Ringer can also act as the SNMP notification proxy forwarder, meaning that it can forward received SNMP notification messages to other SNMP managers on the network. Moreover, it can also translate received SNMP notification messages and forward them as SNMPv1 or SNMPv2c or SNMPv3 Trap messages, or as SNMPv2c or SNMPv3 Inform messages.
Create filter from notification wizard.
Trap Ringer now lets you select a received SNMP notification and run the filter wizard to create the filter for receiving or blocking the same type of SNMP notifications in no time. The wizard automatically creates the filter conditions that match the attributes of the selected notification. To complete the wizard, simply choose the output unit (e.g., Mail, SMS, Log, etc.) to which you want to attach the filter.
Checking for updates.
Trap Ringer Pro can automatically check for program updates in regular intervals and offer you the option to download the new version of the software when it is available. This way, you can always stay up to date with the latest release of the software.
More MIB definition files installed.
A number of new and updated standard MIB definition files is installed with the software.
Enhanced documentation.
Significantly updated and enhanced User Manual with numerous hints and usage examples will help you get the most from MG-SOFT's Trap Ringer Pro.
Besides the above listed features, a number of minor improvements have been implemented in included applications, and all known problems occurring in older versions have been fixed for this release.

What's New in Trap Ringer Pro., Version 5

Significantly improved performance.
Due to its new architecture and improved design, Trap Ringer now successfully receives and processes hundreds of SNMP notifications per second.
New application architecture.
Trap Ringer is now based on the client/server architecture, where the server module runs as a system service on NT-based Windows platforms (Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.x, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016) . Trap Ringer server receives SNMP notifications from the network and processes them according to the applied configuration, while the client (running on the same computer as server) connects to the server and provides a graphical user interface for viewing received SNMP notifications and configuring the server module.
Assigning severity levels and colors to SNMP notifications.
Trap Ringer lets you assign different severity level icons and colors to SNMP Trap and Inform notifications in order to indicate their importance and provide a better overview of received SNMP notifications displayed in the main window.
Significantly enhanced filtering capabilities.
Trap Ringer now comes with greatly extended and enhanced filtering abilities that let you easily configure filters in order to log or notify users about those SNMP notifications that match the filter conditions (ignoring all other notifications). SNMP trap and inform notifications can now be filtered by virtually any attribute or combination of attributes (including variable binding and SNMPv3 security attributes).
Enhanced SNMP notification monitoring and user-notifying options.
The software lets you fully customize what attributes of received SNMP notifications will be included into e-mails, Event Viewer events and Web reports generated by Trap Ringer. Also, users can now fully control what details about SNMP notifications will be passed as parameters to the command line that invokes an external program or a batch/script file.
Support for the IPv6 protocol (Internet Protocol Version 6).
Besides the IPv4/UDP transport protocols for SNMP notification messages, Trap Ringer now supports also IPv6/UDP transport and can receive SNMP notifications on any IPv4/UDP, IPv6/UDP port.
Fully customizable Trap List window panel view.
Trap Ringer now lets users fully customize what attributes of received SNMP notification will be displayed in the Trap List window panel of the main window (using the single-column display mode).
Support for the CFB-AES-128 privacy protocol.
The standard SNMPv3 User-based Security Model implemented in Trap Ringer is now enhanced with the strong 128-bit CFB-AES encryption protocol, allowing Trap Ringer to receive SNMPv3 trap and inform messages encrypted with this protocol.
Export to CSV files.
The received SNMP Trap and Inform notifications can now be exported from Trap Ringer to CSV (comma separated value) text files for external viewing or post-processing purposes.
Updated version of MG-SOFT MIB Compiler.
The latest version of MG-SOFT MIB Compiler (V5) provides a number of new and updated MIB modules and improved compilation processing.
Enhanced documentation.
Significantly updated and enhanced User Manual with numerous hints and usage examples will help you get the most from MG-SOFT's Trap Ringer Pro.
Besides the above listed features, a number of minor improvements have been implemented in included applications, and all known problems occurring in older versions have been fixed for this release.