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Alethio EthStats Lite Network Monitor

Use the Alethio EthStats Lite Network Monitor to have a live view of private network health by displaying real time and historical statistics about the network and nodes.

The lite version supports in-memory persistence or using Redis to persist a fixed number of blocks (by default, 3000).

You can also use a full online version of EthStats Network Monitor for the Ethereum MainNet.

Note

The Alethio EthStats Lite Network Monitor is an Alethio product.

Tip

Static local ports 80 and 3000 are used in the example running the Lite Network Monitor for a Pantheon Node.

Statistics

Statistics displayed by the Network Monitor include:

  • Nodes in the network. Metrics for nodes include:
    • Information about the last received block such as block number, block hash, transaction count, uncle count, block time and propagation time
    • Connected peers, whether the node is mining, hash rate, latency, and uptime
  • Charts for Block Time, Block Difficulty, Block Gas Limit, Block Uncles, Block Transactions, Block Gas Used, Block Propagation Histogram, and Top Miners
  • IP based geolocation overview
  • Node logs. Node logs display the data sent by a node
  • Block history. Block history provides the ability to go back in time and playback the block propagation through the nodes

Components

The Network Monitor consists of:

  • Server. Consumes node data received from the client.

  • Client. A client must be started for each node in the network. The client extracts data from the node and sends it to the server

  • Dashboard. Dashboard displaying statistics.

Pre-requisities

Docker

Tip

The Network Monitor has a number of dependencies. Using Docker is the easiest way to use the Network Monitor with Pantheon.

The EthStats CLI, EthStats Network Server, and EthStats Network Dashboard documentation describes how to install the Network Monitor tools.

Running Lite Network Monitor for a Pantheon Node

Important

This example describes how to run the Lite Network Monitor for a single Pantheon node. To run the Lite Network Monitor for a network of nodes, a client must be started for each node.

1. Server

Start the server using in-memory persistence:

  1. Clone the server repository:

    git clone https://github.com/Alethio/ethstats-network-server.git
    
  2. Change into the /ethstats-network-server/docker/lite-mode/memory-persistence directory:

    cd ethstats-network-server/docker/lite-mode/memory-persistence
    
  3. Update the docker-compose.yml file to your Pantheon network ID:

     - NETWORK_ID=2018
     - NETWORK_NAME=mynetwork
    

    In this example we are using the dev Pantheon network with a network ID of 2018.

  4. Start the server using Docker compose:

    docker-compose up -d
    

Tip

A docker-compose file is provided in the ethstats-network-server/docker/lite-mode/redis-persistence directory to run the server using Redis to persist a fixed number of blocks (default is 3000).

2. Pantheon

Start Pantheon in development mode with Websockets enabled:

docker run --rm -p 8546:8546 pegasyseng/pantheon:latest --miner-enabled --miner-coinbase fe3b557e8fb62b89f4916b721be55ceb828dbd73 --rpc-http-cors-origins="all" --rpc-ws-enabled --network=dev

Where <pantheondata-path> is the volume to which the node data is saved.

3. Client

Start the client for the Pantheon node:

docker run -d --rm --name ethstats-client --net host alethio/ethstats-cli --register --account-email <email> --node-name <node_name> --server-url http://localhost:3000 --client-url ws://127.0.0.1:8546

Where:

  • --server-url specifies your server. The default is the server that consumes data for the Ethereum MainNet.
  • --register specifies the registration of the Pantheon node is done automatically with the specified <email> and <node_name>. Registering the node is only required the first time the client is started for the node.
  • --client-url specifies the WebSockets URL for the Pantheon node.

4. Dashboard

To display the Network Monitor dashboard, open http://localhost in your browser.

Alethio EthStats Light Network Monitor Dashboard

Default HTTP port

We are using the default HTTP port (80) to run the Lite Network Monitor. The Lite Block Explorer example uses port 8080. You can then run both at the same time.

To change the port, update the docker-compose.yml file:

    ports:
      - 127.0.0.1:80:80

Update the first 80 to the required port:

    ports:
      - 127.0.0.1:8081:80

Stopping and Cleaning Up Resources

When you’ve finished running the Network Monitor:

  1. Stop Pantheon using Ctrl+C.

  2. Stop the server and remove containers and volumes:

    docker-compose down -v
    
  3. Stop the client:

    docker stop ethstats-client
    

    Tip

    The client container is automatically removed because we used the --rm option.

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