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FLUKE Australia has released the EtherScope Network Assistant, a handheld analyser designed to aid the installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of 10/100/gigabit enterprise networks.

EtherScope's Nearest Switch utility eliminates navigation obstacles when connecting into the network to diagnose user issues. EtherScope automatically determines the nearest switch, interface and VLAN for each discovered device, making it easy to resolve issues and track configuration changes.

The high-resolution, full-colour touch-screen display allows users to monitor key devices and identify vital network statistics including protocol mix, top senders, top broadcasters and error sources.

EtherScope uses full-duplex 10/100/Gigabit copper Ethernet testing. The unit displays real time diagnostic results of devices, networks and problems. Duplicate IP addresses are pinpointed along with network misconfigurations, frame errors, autonegotiation failures, high-use segments and cable problems. Up to 1000 devices can be discovered, viewed and stored in the onboard database.

Network professionals can analyse overall network health and improve network performance by using performance trends documented in XML-coded Web reports. Measurables include network attributes, baseline performance, device inventory, a problem log and switch-port statistics.

EtherScope is a Linux-based device. It supports Web-based access and control for remote network testing. Onboard utilities for field troubleshooting include Key Device Ping/Monitor, TraceRoute, Trace SwitchRoute, IP Ping, FTP, Telnet and Web Browser. The package measures 20cm x 16.5cm x 5cm and weighs 0.9kg.

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