IDEAL Networks Launches Updated NaviTEK NT Network Tester

  • IDEAL Networks
WARRINGTON, UK — IDEAL Networks has released a software update for its NaviTEK NT network testers that has improved the graphical user interface, measurement times, fiber testing and switch testing to provide significant time savings for technicians.

NaviTEK NT testers are designed to help technicians quickly pinpoint and solve issues and offer fast detection of link and IP information, as well as the ability to detect services like ISDN, POTS and Power over Ethernet. “While the NaviTEK NT series was already a convenient and effective network troubleshooter, we listened closely to feedback to see how we could further increase efficiency and usability,” says Tim Widdershoven, global marketing manager for IDEAL Networks.

Test Mode Selection
To make initial testing quicker and simpler, a test mode selection has been introduced to the start screen allowing users to easily choose between auto-detect, cable, switch and network, reducing auto detection time by up to 13 seconds. The discovery time for port identification after plugging into a network has also been reduced by up to 80%. Now taking a maximum of 5 seconds, this has increased productivity significantly particularly during testing.

In addition, the time taken for the NetScan function (which detects number of connected devices in the network sorted by IP and MAC address) has been significantly reduced, boosting on site troubleshooting efficiency. NetScan can now be done in under four seconds when using IPv4.

Pass/Fail Indicators
The NaviTEK NT will now indicate a pass or fail when testing fiber cabling. Clear color coded on screen indications of pass (green) and fail (red) have been introduced to help technicians judge optical Rx power level more easily, as well as eliminating any guess work for technicians with limited knowledge of optical levels. The Pass/Fail threshold simply needs to be defined by the user in Setup from the main network test screen.

LLDP/CDP Port Display
Also among the user-friendly enhancements, in instances where switches are configured to deny any unapproved devices, the NaviTEK NT will now display LLDP/CDP port information when connected due to its passive testing mode. Furthermore, when the bandwidth utilization graph is used, the vertical scale is now dynamic. This makes it much easier for technicians to interpret the graph when very low traffic is detected. For example, if only 0.5 percent of the port rate is utilized the graph still will zoom in to show the bandwidth data.

Test Report Transfer to Android or Apple Devices
Whether troubleshooting is being conducted on copper or fiber optic cabling, once testing is complete the free IDEAL AnyWARE app can be used to transfer test reports to any Android or Apple mobile device. As well as saving time, this allows IT technicians to share test reports with co-workers or project managers via email or file sharing app, resulting in greater collaboration, more on-time job completions and reduced costs.

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