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Netscout announces Android-based smart network tester

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1Netscout Systems has announced the availability of LinkRunner G2, an Android-based smart network tester.

Ideal for organisations that are challenged by the rapid growth of network-connected devices, this tool enables IT professionals to accelerate deployments and speed problem identification, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of network operations.

“As the world’s leading network connectivity tester, LinkRunner provides immediate visibility and value to professionals responsible for delivering reliable network services,” says Netscout chief operation officer Michael Szabados.

Using LinkRunner G2 with its wired Ethernet capabilities and hardened Android OS, with the combination of vendor-specific mobile apps and LinkRunner’s custom hardware means network professionals can now execute their entire workflow on a single device.

Unlike the use of apps on smartphones, LinkRunner G2 can test PoE, cabling, link negotiation and network services, automatically document the results, and configure and triage connected devices.

“Handheld tools, like Netscout’s LinkRunner G2, allow network professionals to focus on proactive tasks, rather than reactive tasks. Greater automation allows IT to focus on building the network of the future, rather than on solving short-term problems,” says IDC research analyst Nolan Greene.

LinkRunner G2 also features a patented TruePower PoE test that supports 51W UPOE under load on all four pairs at the powered device, critical for ensuring the correct installation and operation of new building automation elements.

“The novel combination of LinkRunner G2’s Ethernet test capabilities with a hardened Android operating system simplifies and streamlines installation and troubleshooting workflows and automates manual processes, significantly improving efficiencies in network operations,” says Michael.

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