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Monitoring Kentix Black Box Sensors with SolarWinds

Matt Soper
June 15, 2017 15:07

This article will walk you through adding the Kentix Black Box Temperature and/or Humidity sensor to SolarWinds NPM. Additionally, you will be able to add other sensors to monitor if you have the OID of the sensor you wish to monitor.

We will assume you have downloaded the Kentix Control Center via Web Interface and have networking set up.

Step 1: Enable SNMP

1. Launch the Kentix Control Center software and login. Navigate to Email, SNMP & GSM, you will see window on the right “SNMP Monitoring”.

2. Click in the box for “SNMP public community”, delete the default “public” string and enter new string name to something unique.

3. Click the icon to “Save” the new settings

Step 2: Add Kentix Black Box in SolarWinds

1. Sign into SolarWinds, go to Settings, Manage Nodes, Add Node

2. Fill in the IP and SNMP community string that you just set from above steps

3. Click Next, then “OK, Add Node”

Your Kentix Black Box has now been added to SolarWinds and is monitoring ping.

Next we will Create UnDP for the Temperature/Humidity Sensor.

Step 3: Adding Humidity and/or Temperature sensor in SolarWinds

1. Log into your SolarWinds NPM server and launch Orion Universal Device Poller

2. On the top menu bar click “New Universal Device Poller”


Enter OID for the sensor you want to add, adjust settings to match below screenshot, then click Next

Temperature Sensor OID =
Humidity Sensor OID =

5. Select Node you want to assign the Custom Poller to, click test to confirm it is working, then click Next



6. Leave the default setting “Use interface names from Orion”, then click Next

7. Change this selection to No and click Finish.

(The TempSensor is in Celsius so we will be defining a “Transform Results” to convert to fahrenheit and will display that in SolarWinds)

Step 4: Transform TempSensor Results from Celsius to Fahrenheit and Display in SolarWinds

1. Login into your SolarWinds NPM server and launch Orion Universal Device Poller

2. Select “Transform Results”

3. Click Next

4. Enter Transform Results name “TempSensorFahrenheit”, match all the below settings, click Next

5. Click Add Function and select “Celsius to Fahrenheit”

6. Click Add Poller and select “TempSensor”, make sure the Poller is inside the Functions Parentheses

7. Add /10 outside the } of the Poller to convert to decimal value, click Next

8. Select Node you want to assign this Transform Results to, click test to confirm, then Next

Leave Labels set to default option “Use interface names from Orion”, click Next

10. Select Gauge and/or Chart, this will be displayed on the Node Details Summary page, then click Finish


You are now monitoring your Kentix Black Box Temperature Sensor, if you want to add another sensor repeat Step 3. You will need to create Transform Results based on the sensor you add.

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