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Each port and channel associate with a VX node is represented by one or more boxes and lines in the VXwatch Monitor. Port locations are identified by port notations: associated channels are shown in the channel boxes in the row(s) alongside each port notation. Each block in the display represents a configured channel:

  • T1 Telephony cards can have up to 24 channels
  • E1 Telephony cards can have up to 31 channels
  • Virtual ports have 32 channels per line: no upper limits on the number of channels

Various colors indicate current alarm states of ports; channel status is immediately apparent by reading colors as well as alpha-characters in the boxes contained in the channel rows. An alpha characters in a box is the first letter of a specific status, which is occurring at the channel location indicated by the box position in the monitor display. Additionally, varying border styles around individual boxes also present call direction information about the channel. For assistance in interpreting the colors, box borders, and lettering in the monitor display, use the VXwatch Monitor Legend Key. 

Navigating VXwatch

VXwatch is capable of dynamically reconfiguring as a result of a VX node system reconfiguration. When a system reconfiguration changes the number of channels displayed by VXwatch changes, VXwatch automatically reconnects to the VX node and displays the correct number of channels when changes occur.

You can adjust the VXwatch display to suite your installation needs. Using the display collapse/expand toggle button you can resize the display to provide you with a current system overview.

  • Press the F3 function key
  • Click the Legend symbol on the Tool Bar
  • Use the View a Legend menu from the VXwatch Monitor Main Menu Bar.

VXwatch Legend

Line State


Indicator Color

Indicator Character


An error occurred and the channel is aborting internally



Channel is in alerting mode: a call is outgoing and the phone is ringing.



Collecting Digits

Channel is waiting for digits




A call is in progress - includes T.38, STU, PCM, and V.150.1 modem relay calls


F,S,U, M


No current call - waiting for a call


Inband Information

Channel is relaying audio from the peer containing call information, for example, ringing tone or a recording



Out of Service

The channel is disabled, not configured, or disconnected



Peer setup

Channel is setting up a call with another VX node




Channel is about to be used - call is being set up



Performing AAA

The interactive voice response system is active (numbers are being pressed and so on)




Call is complete and channel is being torn down


Remote Setup

Channel is setting up a call with a remote telephony device




Channel is begin reset by the user because the channel is hung


Signalling Link Active

The signalling channel is active



Signalling Link Out of Service

The signalling channel is not active



Tone generation

Channel is generating tones
Tone Generation is used for all tone generation such as dialtone.


Waiting for route

Channel is looking for a route in the routing table



Toolbar Icon



Disconnects from the currently displayed node.

New Window

Opens the Connect to a VX node dialog box.


Lets you select small, normal, or big for the display.


Refreshes the contents of the display.


Opens the Alarms window.


Opens the VXgates window.


Connects to and opens the all available peers window.


Toggles the properties frame in the main monitor display.

Main Menu Bar Commands

Hot Key



Use the VXwatch File menu to access connectivity commands or to exit the VXwatch application.

  • New Window

Opens the Connect to a VX node dialog box so you can choose a VX node to connect to.

  • Connect


Connect to a specified VX node. This command presents a VXwatch dialog box into which you can identify the VX node and supply your login information.

  • Disconnect

Terminate a connection with a specified VX node.

  • Exit

Terminate the VXwatch session and close the VXwatch application.


Use the VXwatch View menu to access various status windows as well as a legend to help with interpretation of the various views.

  • Alarms


Opens the alarm notifications frame, to view alarms reported by the VX node.

  • VXgate status...


View a report of VXgate information currently associated with the VX node. This command presents a dialog box in which to view the VX node ID, priority, operational and network status, round trip time, and packet loss data.

  • Peers status...


View a report of VX peer information currently associated with the VX node. This command presents a dialog box in which to view the Ethernet Interface, node ID, IP address, Network status, round trip time, percentage of loss, and last time up and down.

  • Legend/key


View a quick reference consisting of color-code and notation keys used throughout the VXwatch reports.

  • Tool Bar

Toggles the display of the tool bar.

  • Status Bar

Toggles the display of the status bar at the bottom of the VXwatch window. The status bar shows the state of the VX node including the software version and the connection encryption type.

  • Properties


Toggles the display of the properties frame in the main window.

  • Reset Zoom


Resets the window to the original default size.

  • Zoom In


Enlarges the display in the window.

  • Zoom Out


Reduces the size of the display in the window.

  • Enable Autozoom

Maximizes the display to the size of the window.

Wheel mouse users can engage the zoom mechanism. Press and hold the control key and adjust the size of the display using the mouse wheel.


Use the Setting menu to ensure that the VXwatch remains in view on the console screen even if the screen is populated with other applications, and to automatically connect to the VX node if the connection is dropped.

  • Auto-reconnect

Instruct VXwatch to automatically connect to the VX node if the connection is unintentionally terminated.

  • Always on top

Instruct the VXwatch application to remain in view. Other applications will remain in the background until you either close VXwatch or deselect this option.

  • Options...

The Options dialog box has two tabs; Login and External Tools.

  • The Login tab lets you select to use smartcards on your system. When this checkbox is selected you login operation will check for smartcard authentication.
  • Checking the Always accept untrusted certificate roots checkbox enables your system to accept untrusted certificates roots without prompting you for confirmation of the acceptance. If you want to always be prompted, leave this checkbox empty.
  • The Quick login option allows you to set up one username and password that can be applied to all the systems in your network. Use this option with care as the surnames and passwords are not stored securely.
  • The External Tools tab lets you set up frequently used applications or locations that become available through the quick access menu that is displayed when you right-click on the VX node bar on the main screen. Click the add button to open the Edit tool dialog box.


Use the Help menu to access the VXwatch Installation and User guide, in PDF format, and to find information about the VXwatch version currently running on your computer.

  • Contents

Presents the VXwatch Installation and User guide for the current release.

  • About

Presents the VXwatch version number.