Creating Plugins

Creating plugins for PhuninNode isn't hard but requires some thought and work. Over the course of the document we'll be creating a plugin to poll a Cisco EPC3925 for Upstream Power Level values. First of all plugins must obey the following contract.

interface Plugin {
    public function setNode(\PhuninNode\Node $node);
    public function getSlug();
    public function getConfiguration(\React\Promise\DeferredResolver $deferredResolver);
    public function getValues(\React\Promise\DeferredResolver $deferredResolver);

Lets start with a basic plugin that does a couple of things. First it accepts the \PhuninNode\Node so we can query it for information (we don't really need that in this plugin but we are bound by contract to do so). Secondly we set a slug for this plugin serving as a uniquely identifying string. Thirdly is the getConfiguration function as you can see it needs a \React\Promise\DeferredResolver to work. This way it can do something asynchronously and once done return the configuration. For now it's synchronously, we'll change that later:

class Cisco_EPC3925_Upstream_Power_Level implements \PhuninNode\Interfaces\Plugin {
    private $node;
    private $loop;
    private $configuration;

    public function setNode(\PhuninNode\Node $node) {
        $this->node = $node;

    public function getSlug() {
        return 'cisco_epc3925_upstream_power_level';

    public function getConfiguration(\React\Promise\DeferredResolver $deferredResolver) {
        if ($this->configuration instanceof \PhuninNode\PluginConfiguration) {

        $this->configuration = new \WyriHaximus\PhuninNode\PluginConfiguration();
        $this->configuration->setPair('graph_category', 'cisco_epc3925');
        $this->configuration->setPair('graph_title', 'Upstream Power Level');


Lets start by added a constant to the class with the modems URL, or more specific the URL with the information we want.

const CISCO_EPC3925_STATUS_URL = '';

Other constants we need are the DNS server to use.

const DNS_SERVER_IP = '';

And what table and column contains the data we require.

const STATUS_TABLE = 3;
const STATUS_COLUMN = 2;

Before we'll add the correct logic to getConfiguration and getValues we need 2 helper methods fetching and parsing the information from the modem.

    private function fetchModemStatusValue(\React\Promise\DeferredResolver $deferredResolver, $table, $column) {
        $deferred = new \React\Promise\Deferred();
        $deferred->promise()->then(function($html) use ($deferredResolver, $table, $column) {
            $channelValues = array();

            $dom = new DOMDocument();
            $xpath = new DOMXPath($dom);

            $i = 0;
            $rows = $xpath->query('.//tr[position()>1]', $xpath->query('//table[contains(@class, \'std\')]')->item($table));
            foreach ($rows as $row) {
                $channelValues['channel' . ++$i] = (float) $xpath->query('.//td[' . $column . ']', $row)->item(0)->textContent;


    private function fetchModemStatusUrl(\React\Promise\DeferredResolver $deferredResolver) {
        $client = $this->factory->create($this->loop, $this->dnsResolver);

        $request = $client->request('GET', self::CISCO_EPC3925_STATUS_URL);
        $request->on('response', function ($response) use ($deferredResolver) {
            $dataBuffer = new stdClass();
            $response->on('data', function ($data) use ($dataBuffer) {
                $dataBuffer->buffer .= $data;
            $response->on('end', function () use ($dataBuffer , $deferredResolver) {

And a constructor is required setting the loop and instancing the DNS resolved and HTTP Client factory.

    public function __construct($loop) {
        $this->loop = $loop;

        $dnsResolverFactory = new \React\Dns\Resolver\Factory();
        $this->dnsResolver = $dnsResolverFactory->createCached(self::DNS_SERVER_IP, $this->loop);
        $this->factory = new \React\HttpClient\Factory();


With these required methods in place we'll start on getConfiguration. First $deferredResolver->resolve($configuration); is removed from the method and replaced with:

        $configuration = $this->configuration;
        $deferred = new \React\Promise\Deferred();
        $deferred->promise()->then(function($channels) use ($deferredResolver, $configuration) {


That sets the promise up we need for the data retrieval. (We have to wait until the entire page is loaded and parsed but we also have to stay in non-blocking mode as another client might connect to the node.)

Within this closure we only need to add a foreach loop adding the configuration pairs for each channel.

            foreach ($channels as $channel => $value) {
                $this->configuration->setPair($channel . '.min', 6);
                $this->configuration->setPair($channel . '.max', 12);
                $this->configuration->setPair($channel . '.label', $channel);
                $this->configuration->setPair($channel . '.type', 'GAUGE');

Because the getConfiguration method caches the result of the first call we only have to request the configuration data once.


getValues is just as simple as getConfiguration and starts with the same skelleton.

    public function getValues(\React\Promise\DeferredResolver $deferredResolver) {
        $deferred = new \React\Promise\Deferred();
        $deferred->promise()->then(function($channels) use ($deferredResolver) {

            $values = new \SplObjectStorage;

        $this->fetchModemStatusValue($deferred->resolver(), self::STATUS_TABLE, self::STATUS_COLUMN);

Noticed the extra \SplObjectStorage, it's used to store the values. A similar foreach is used in this function but now we create \PhuninNode\Value instance for each channel and push that into the \SplObjectStorage instance.

            foreach ($channels as $channel => $value) {
                $valueObject = new \WyriHaximus\PhuninNode\Value();


All of this combined makes a PhuninNode plugin.

The plugin we just made is also on Github in the PhuninNodePlugins repo but more refined as there are more metrics to keep an eye on: Cisco EPC3925 UpstreamPowerLevel