Wired Networks Thread, Network Testing Equipment in Technical; Can anyone give me some ideas/ballpark numbers for some reasonable network testing equipment. Fluke sort of stuff that can measure ...
18th January 2012, 10:13 PM #1
Network Testing Equipment
Can anyone give me some ideas/ballpark numbers for some reasonable network testing equipment. Fluke sort of stuff that can measure cable tolerances, detect spikes etc.
Getting so many apparently random problems it's so difficult to track down, and until we can properly segregate our network it's murderous. I want to look at costs for the kit to keep it in house in case we need to back ourselves up on lack of diagnostic equipment.
In the meantime trying to actually map our network is a job in itself. Just about all the programs that should do it either do it in a manner we can't comprehend or just don't bother doing certain parts of it. Would like to keep using Spiceworks for example, but it's idea of a network map is similar to what I'd expect if I asked a child to draw a line monster.
It's all fun when we have to do all of this - LIVE
18th January 2012, 10:34 PM #2
We've got a Fluke NetTool II and it's a great tester, problem is it's not cheap! Slightly cheaper options would be the JDSU range (formely Test Um) - something like the Validator/Validator Pro however all of these are still £1,000 - 3,000 dependant on which options you go for!
Thanks to Soulfish from:
synaesthesia (18th January 2012)
19th January 2012, 12:38 AM #3
I am fortunate enough to own everything from Link Runner to Etherscope and have access to Opti View and DTX so if its real world advice you seek PM me with a question or two.
As 10 GBe begins to find its way into main stream networking and SME's Fluke are preparing a new range of advanced diagnostics tools.
As a result there are some deals to be had. This week the Etherscope II which is £4k is BOGOF...
So what you need is a fellow Geek that wants one and buy collectively at 50% off its a bargain.
19th January 2012, 06:25 PM #4
Something even Fluke would shrug at.
Symantec Bloody AV.
What a bunch of muppets - their product actually manages to break a simple link aggregation setup. Just purely by accident come across it on RM's support site. Disabled it, lo and behold, working network!
I hate Symantec and everything they ever stood for.
19th January 2012, 10:53 PM #5
Perhaps you, @wagnerk and a few others could chip in together?
21st January 2012, 09:00 AM #6
Time to start to make the move to MS Forefront Client Security, me thinks
Originally Posted by synaesthesia
Depends what it is and does, we've got two different network testers already.
Originally Posted by GrumbleDook
21st January 2012, 09:21 AM #7
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