SNMP syslocation field for GPS coordinates, and use with automation tools

Eric Kuhnke eric.kuhnke at
Fri Dec 9 22:30:32 UTC 2016

Yes, that's along the lines of what I was thinking. Pre-define a certain
number of columns of data that will fit in the snmp syslocation field in
most devices (some vendors have surprisingly short string length limits,
grrrrrr). And use something like a pipe delimited CSV format in that field,
so it has the comma separated decimal degrees lat/long in one column, and
human readable street address in another.

Also worth noting that many recent SNMP-enabled, high capacity point to
point microwave radios have built in GPS receivers for timing and location
purposes, which gather elevation data (in meters above MSL usually).
Perhaps a column for elevation in meters MSL. The sort of data that is
useful for a mobile network operator with thousands of point to point RF
links on rooftops and towers, for auditing and compliance purposes.

On Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 2:09 PM, Alan Buxey <A.L.M.Buxey at> wrote:

> Yes. But don’t just put in coordinates... Put in other details and use a
> standard separator 😊
> alan

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