Net Orbit - User Guide
Online Documentation for Net Orbit 7.0
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Net Orbit Network Monitoring Software
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Net Orbit 7.0 is an easy-to-use network monitoring platform that allows employers and schools to monitor and control network computer activities. As a result of using Net Orbit, administrators are learning about the computer habits of their network users and controlling usage to increase production, protect information, and curb bad behavior.
The Net Orbit platform consists of two parts. First is the client application which gets installed onto the computers that you own and have proper consent to monitor. The second is the Online Control Panel which is where you login to monitor and control your network computers.
Once it is installed, the Net Orbit platform gives an impressive array of monitoring and control features with unlimited scalability, all the while simplifying compliance-measuring with its intuitive structure, ultra-fast speed and portability.
This user guide provides detailed information on how to sign up for an account, how to install the client application, and how to monitor and control your networked computers using the Online Control Panel.
Note: When the word Network is mentioned anywhere in Net Orbit content on this site or anywhere else, it is referring to a more broadened term that means computers owned by one entity. That may cover Virtual Networks that are not necessarily connected to a Local Area Network (LAN). Net Orbit relies on each individual computer’s connection to the Internet so LAN can be used but is not required.
Download Client App
After you login to your Online Control Panel, click Download in the top menu, then click the Download button in the Windows Platform area.
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Select License Key from the List of Licenses window and click Download.
The Zip file will download to the folder that is set as your browser's download location.
Install Client App
After you have downloaded the file open the ZIP folder and then open the application file. Follow the install wizard steps and click Finish with the Run Net Orbit box checked.
Activate Net Orbit
The first time the client app is opened on a computer you must activate it using the activation code or administrator login. The activation code is located in a text file included in the ZIP folder that you downloaded.
Adjust Client App Settings
You can make some adjustments to the application settings while you have the client interface open. These are preset to default settings so you could leave them alone and adjust them later from the Online Control Panel.
We’ll go over the settings in more detail later in the Admin Tools section of this guide.
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When you’re done with the client app settings, click the X in the top right of the Interface to quit. Click Yes to save if asked.
Net Orbit is now monitoring the computer. The next step is to wait 30 minutes for the logs to be inserted to your account and then login to your Online Control Panel when you are ready to monitor and control your networked computers.
Now let's go to the next chapter to learn about LIVE network monitoring.
Net Orbit gives real-time screen monitoring and controls of your network computers via the Online Control Panel.
Online Control Panel
The Online Control Panel is where you monitor and control your network computers. You simply login from any computer, tablet or smartphone that is connected to the Internet to monitor all of your computers in one account.
This guide will cover all of the details about how to use the control panel to perform LIVE monitoring, view logged computer activities, set filters to block unwanted activities, and adjust admin settings for each monitored computer.
View Live Screen
Click View in the top menu. Select the network user by clicking the check box and click View Live Screen.
Now the control panel shows a real-time image of the monitored computer’s screen that is renewed every 20 seconds.
Once you are in the View Live Screen window there are several options and commands including view live screen, enlarge to full screen, restart, logoff and shutdown.
Logged Network Monitoring
Net Orbit organizes your monitored computer activities into separate logs for easy viewing. Each log lets you view all of the users at once, or you can select a specific user to view its activities alone. The logs can be exported to different file formats for archiving. And a powerful search tool will help when a specific activity needs to be found.
When you login to your Online Control Panel, the Dashboard is the first window to be displayed. It provides a quick overview of the current user being viewed that includes the system info, memory status, IP location, recent notifications and quick log summary.
Click Logs Viewer link on the left menu to open the drop-down list. Then click the specific log type to view it.
Net Orbit allows you to view logs from all users at once and to view a single user’s activities.
Select to view all users or a specific user.
Each log viewing window lets you export the current results to XLS, PDF, CSV and TXT files. Logs may also be exported from the Logs Summary Window.
Use the search box to find logs by keyword or key phrase. Choose all users or a specific user before the search to bring up search results from all users or a specific user.
Clear logs from your Online Control Panel by clicking My Devices in the top menu and then click the Clear All Logs icon for the specific computer. You can also delete logs by using the check boxes next to each and the Delete/Delete All button at the bottom of the page.
Note: The activity logs are automatically deleted after 30 days in your Online Control Panel. Be sure to export the logs that you want to keep for longer than 30 days).
Net Orbit provides content filtering of websites and applications to help employers and schools stop unwanted activities. Web pages may be blocked one at a time when viewing the Websites Visited log. They may also be blocked by category and by creating blacklists. Choose to block the applications that you don’t want to be used with the application filtering.
Website Category Filtering
Enable the website category filtering and then choose the categories that you want to be blocked.
Custom Website Filtering
Enable the website filtering. To add websites to block click Add to Blacklist, enter the URL to block and click Save Changes. To add websites to allow access to click Add to Whitelist, enter the URL to allow access and click Save Changes. After the next Log Sync Process is complete, the monitored computer will begin filtering the websites.
The Application Filtering window shows all of the applications that are installed on the monitored computer. Enable the applications filtering and then select which applications to block or unblock. Disable the task manager to prevent the user from opening the task manager on a Windows computer.
The Net Orbit admin tools allow you to customize your network monitoring to fit your specific requirements and policies. Both the Online Control Panel and the Client Application provide such tools that are very helpful to your monitoring plan. We’ll start with the Online Control Panel first and then cover the settings available in the Client Application.
You can adjust the logging settings in the Online Control Panel for any of your network computers. Click Apply when finished with settings. Log settings are accessed from the icon on the left menu and the icon on the My Devices page. You may also make adjustments in the Client Application Logging Settings.
When notifications are enabled to go to email, control panel, or both, alerts will be sent when blocked applications and websites are opened. Click Apply when finished with notifications.
Enable Email Reporting to have the alerts sent to your email address. You can choose how often to send the alerts, and to use your own SMTP or to use Net Orbit’s SMTP. Click Apply when finished with email reports.
Client App Icon
There will be an icon that is displayed in the taskbar of Windows and the top tray of Mac that when clicked will open the login window for the client app.
To change your password click the admin email address at the top right to bring down the menu and then click My Account. Use the tabs to go to the three sections – Account Info, Display Settings and Change Password.
Net Orbit gives disk space for storage of screenshots and logs. You can check your storage usage by clicking Disk Space in the top menu. If you need to buy more storage then click the Buy Now button. After your purchase go back and click the Upgrade Now button and enter your Upgrade Code. The expanded storage will be available immediately.
Net Orbit provides license tools to easily manage large setups, and gives flexibility for switching a license to different computers. Click the admin email address at the top right to bring down the menu and then click License Info to open the License Management. Click the number in the Used Count column to see the computers associated with the license. Click Add License to submit new license keys after purchase.
Stop Monitoring and Uninstall
To stop monitoring or uninstall Net Orbit from a monitored computer click My Devices. The click the Stop Monitoring icon or the Uninstall icon in the Actions column for the computer you want to change. You can also turn off monitoring and uninstall from the Client Application.
Admin Tools in the Client Application
Net Orbit provides admin tools in the Client Application that can be changed whenever needed. Once the Client Application synchronizes with the Online Control Panel, both will have the same settings. To access the Client Application, click the Net Orbit icon in the Windows Task Bar or Mac top tray.
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