Depending on the way a network is set up, the failure of one device (be it software or hardware) may cause another to fail. In this situation, a non-filtering alarm system will report both the original failure and the other device that failed. With alarm filtering, the alarm system is able to report the original failure with more priority than the subsequent failure, allowing a technician or repairman to concentrate on the cause of the issue, rather than wasting time trying to repair the wrong device.
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