Fluke boosts LinkIQ Cable+Network Tester for greater IP, industrial connectivity

March 28, 2022
With Fluke's version 1.1 software upgrade, customers can now verify connectivity and response time to key network devices with one touch of the screen.

Fluke Networks today announced an upgrade to its LinkIQ Cable+Network Tester that expands the instrument’s ability to: test and troubleshoot IP networks; test industrial Ethernet cabling; and support users in twelve languages.

With the company's version 1.1 software upgrade, LinkIQ Cable+Network Tester users can now verify connectivity and response time to key network devices with one touch of the screen.

Specifically, LinkIQ can now be configured to perform IPv4 or v6 ping tests and will display the response time for four pings to a target device of the user’s choosing.

The test results display the DNS and DHCP servers and the gateway router. LinkIQ also displays the IP address of the nearest switch. The new version of LinkWare PC includes this information in its test reporting.

Meanwhile, per the software upgrade, cable performance tests up to 100 Mb/s can now be specified for two-pair cables, widely used in industrial environments. Per the upgrade, the LinkIQ user interface now also supports 12 languages.

A new version of the LinkWare PC software, billed by the manufacturer as the industry's de facto reporting solution, is also available. This new version provides reports including the expanded network testing, allowing users to document their work.

The new software capability is shipping in all new LinkIQ units and is available as a free upgrade to existing customers.

Mark Mullins, product marketing manager and founding member of Fluke Networks, commented:

“While systems integrators and network administrators need to verify cabling performance to ensure network performance, they also need to ensure that the user’s traffic can reach its destination. Our network test features give these professionals visibility into network connectivity and response time of key resources, allowing them to verify and troubleshoot end-to-end network issues.”

The 1.1 software release is available at www.flukenetworks.com/LinkIQ. Current owners can access the new firmware and LinkWare PC by visiting www.flukenetworks.com/support/downloads.

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