Fluke Networks introduces new versions of analyzer; network monitoring solution

Aug. 10, 2004
August 10, 2004 - OptiView Link Analyzer and Protocol Expert are revamped.

Fluke Networks has announced a new version of its OptiView Link Analyzer and Protocol Expert network monitoring and analysis solution.

Link Analyzer 6.1 and Protocol Expert 6.1 help network managers reduce mean time to resolution (MTTR) for network problems and ensure maximum productivity
with network/application resources.

The analyzer now supports industry standard RMON2 traffic monitoring. This allows it to integrate with common network management consoles when not in troubleshooting mode. A new Web interface on the Link Analyzer lets remote technicians access real-time network troubleshooting and analysis information through a Web browser for faster problem resolution. With new security capabilities, network administrators can now provide access to network troubleshooting information without worrying about the sensitive nature of the data on the network. Users' access can now be limited to only those features for which they have authorization. Link Analyzer also has the ability to set up scheduled packet captures for troubleshooting off-hour events, such as server back-ups, without having to be in the office.

Enhancements to the VoIP analysis in Link Analyzer are designed to allow greater QOS management of VOIP traffic. Two new alarms can now be set to trigger on VOIP dropped calls and setup failures, alerting the network manager to call failures before end users call a help desk. Two other signaling protocols, SCCP and MGCP, have also been enhanced to allow the tracking of calls as they are made. If the quality of calls is suspect, network administrators can now playback both channels of VOIP conversations encoded with the most common CODECs, including G.723.1 and G.729A/B.

Protocol Expert 6.1 now provides centralized management of Link Analyzers and other installations of Protocol Expert, easing configuration and upgrades in widespread deployments. The updated user interface is designed to be easier to learn and speeds the identification and resolution of network issues which results in happier and more effective end users.

Fluke Networks is based in Everett, WA. For more information visit

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