Speed and simplicity benchmark for Ethernet connectivity testing


The LinkRunner one-button auto test feature completes six essential connectivity tests in less than ten seconds.

The speed and simplicity of the LinkRunner™, combined with the ability to customise additional tests, lets IT managers ensure that technicians at every skill level can automatically perform a standardised set of tests and reduce errors, speed problem resolution and improve productivity by reducing errors and call backs.

Fluke Networks identified six key Ethernet connectivity tests for the auto test feature which include continuity, link/speed/duplex, DHCP and DNS server availability and performance, key resource connectivity through TCP port open or ping, nearest switch and port identification and Power over Ethernet (PoE) performance (with TruePower™ line loading technology).

Support for new technologies including PoE and IPv6 testing capabilities was a critical component of its development.

“With trends like VoIP phones and security cameras relying on PoE, and new [US] government mandates about the use of IPv6 driving industry adoption of the standard, this tool ensures Fluke Networks is ahead of its customer’s testing needs in the market,” says programme manager Wayne Allen.

The LinkRunner AT features a full-colour quarter VGA display and can store up to 50 test results for documentation of results and escalation of issues to other teams.

In addition, it offers a unique profile function that lets the organisation create a custom testing methodology with a variety of tests, and standardises those tests as one or more profiles on a single tester (or fleet of testers) for more consistent results.