What is a Data Source

Data Sources are fundamental to the operation of Mango.

August 5th, 2020

A Data Source is a “place” from which data is received. Virtually anything can be a Data Source, in so far as the communications protocol is supported by Mango. Here are some examples:

  • If you have a Modbus network accessible via RS232, RS485, TCP/IP, orUDP/IP, you can create a Modbus Data Source that will poll the network for data on an interval you can define.
  • If you have equipment or an application that can send data over HTTP you can start an HTTP Receiver Data Source that will listen for incoming connections and route the data to the appropriate points.
  • For hardware that supports SNMP, start an SNMP Data Source. Values can be polled on an interval schedule, or traps can be received for report-on-exception.
  • Data can be read and updated in a SQL database external to the system.
  • Data can be generated either randomly or predictively using a Virtual Data Source.

Data values that are received or collected by a Data Source are stored within Data Points. Every Data Source has a contextual help button that explains the properties necessary to configure the Data Source, as well as general descriptions and any caveats. Currently, Mango supports the next data sources:

  • 1-wire
  • ASCII file
  • BACnet MS/TP
  • BACnet/IP
  • Control Core Bridge
  • Data File
  • DNP3 IP
  • DNP3 Serial
  • eGauge
  • Environment Canada
  • Haystack
  • HTTP image
  • HTTP JSON Receiver
  • HTTP JSON Retriever
  • HTTP Receiver
  • HTTP Retriever
  • Influx DB Line Protocol
  • Internal (Mango internal stats)
  • Log4j
  • M Bus
  • Mango Persistent TCP
  • Meta
  • Modbus I/P
  • Modbus Serial
  • MQTT client
  • OPC DA
  • PID
  • POP3 Email
  • Scripting
  • Serial
  • SNMP
  • SQL
  • SSH
  • TCP/IP
  • Virtual
  • VMStat
  • Z-Wave

In addition to these data sources, you can develop your custom data sources as well. This is done by creating custom Mango modules.

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