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We are doing an overhaul of sorts at my work with the phone and network systems, essentially combining both of them together. Our IT guy has pin-pointed a tool he needs to do the job (NetTool Series II Inline Network Tester), which [the job] is primarily to test for 10/100/100 effeiciency, but a number of other basic areas as well. The tool he wants is over $2,000. I have been assigned the job of finding him a tool that will do the same job for half the price.

I found the Fluke

for $400 but was told (by IT guy) that it doesn't test for data going both ways (sorry, forgot the term for this) and that it won't tell him what is on the opposite end of the line, ie. printer, computer, fax machine, etc.

Which brings me to my question; does such a tool exist for around $1,000 or less? We are trying to stick with a Fluke product, but something close to it's efficiency could be considered.

In short, I need a tool that tests for 10/100/1000mbps, device identification, & testing the capability of sending and receing data on given line, preferably Fluke product.

My apologies if there is a lack of provided information.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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In all honesty if you are using enterprise level networking equipment, you already have this functionality within your networking devices..

If you aren't using enterprise level networking equipment, the cash would be better spent on that.
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Try this.

http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=fluke+netwo...ter+comparison

What are you testing for? I am guessing all your cabling is done if you are just merging the networks even if you get this and run the test are you going to rip the cable out to fix it? I would think if cabling is done just plug stuff in and take it on a case to case basis if you have problems. If you are getting this just in case you have a problem seems like a lot of money to let sit there. Another option might be renting one for this project I just can't see where you would need something like this sitting around.
Edited by MrX00 - 3/30/11 at 1:54am
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Why don't you just use a laptop on the end, and software?

Nmap displays the end user devices attached to the end of every IP Range. If you use this in association with your Enterprise hardware (as stated above) this will be able to provide you the exact same tools as whatever 2000 dollar piece of hardware your idiot IT manager wants.

As far as testing the lines to make sure they are fully 10/100/1000, you can use jperf/iperf in combination with your Networking hardware as well, to see if they are getting the full throughput in speed.
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