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Test: The right tool for the right network, 09/18/06

We found that VoIP analysis tools are oriented toward particular VoIP protocol environments such as SIP, H.323, Cisco's SCCP (also known as "Skinny"). Interpreting different call control protocol sequences is difficult for any one VoIP ...

Test: How we tested VoIP analysis tools, 09/18/06

The bed for the Clear hoice Test was configured with two subnets simulating a headquarters and a branch location. The network infrastructure at both sites consisted of Extreme Networks Summit 48 L2/L3 switch/routers. The two sites, labeled A ...

Test: Apparent Networks' AppCritical, 09/18/06

Apparent Networks' AppCritical tool, an active-mode monitoring system, has an intuitive, linear interface that provides very efficient access to information.

Test: Fluke Networks, 09/18/06

Fluke Networks submitted two products for testing, its OptiView suite and the Visual Uptime Select tool, which was acquired in a recent acquisition of Visual Networks.

Test: WildPackets' OmniPeek, 09/18/06

WildPackets' OmniPeek data-analysis tool provides an optional module, Enhanced VoIP Option, to provide VoIP analysis. OmniPeek has distributed capabilities that comprise software probes installed on remote-network subnets that report back to ...

Test: Digging deep into your net with VoIP analysis tools, 09/18/06

If you can't see into the VoIP traffic on your network, then you don't know whether it's good or bad. To know whether voice quality or call connect issues are related to your VoIP IP/PBX system or are tied to underlying network issues, you ...

Test: ClearSight Networks' Analyzer, 09/18/06

ClearSight offers both stand-alone and distributed versions of its Analyzer product. The distributed version allows for multiple sites to be simultaneously monitored, either individually or in aggregate, a condition that earned it high marks ...

Test: TouchStone's WinEyeQ, 09/18/06

TouchStone Technologies submitted the WinEyeQ Professional tool for testing, but the company also offers Lite and Probe editions, which scale to different levels of concurrent sessions that can be monitored.

Test: Empirix's Hammer Call Analyzer, 09/18/06

The Hammer Call Analyzer is best used as a traffic capture and diagnostic tool, not a real-time monitoring one. Its excels at detailing captured data for further investigation.

Video over IP the next battleground, 09/18/06

The scope of the Voice on the Network conference, which was staged for the first time 10 years ago to fight regulations stifling development of VoIP, was broadened in Boston last week to include video over IP, and the early fight might be ...

VON spreads wings, embraces IP video, 09/18/06

The Voice on the Network conference celebrated its 10th anniversary in Boston last week, with founder Jeff Pulver noting that the first show attracted 224 attendees while this one was expected to draw more than 10,000.

Antepo adds SIP support to messaging platform, 09/18/06

Real-time collaboration vendor Antepo plans to extend the protocol support in its instant messaging and presence server in order to open up its back end to more client choice and VoIP options.

Spotlight to shine on network, application management at Interop, 09/18/06

Hot technologies, such as VoIP, security and wireless, will get their share of attention at this week's Interop conference in New York City, but it is the often-overlooked area of network management that could steal the show.

BT to offer enterprises converged fixed-mobile service, 09/14/06

After testing the waters with consumers for more than a year, BT Group plans to extend its converged fixed-mobile communications service to businesses early next year.

Intel, Siemens team on secure VoIP for enterprises, 09/14/06

Intel and Siemens have agreed to collaborate in the development of new enterprise communication systems using VoIP technology.

VPNs Newsletter: Should VPN technology be combined with VoIP?, 09/14/06

A reader says he has set up an IP PBX at his headquarters and wants to link it to VoIP phones in two remote offices via a VPN.

Convergence Newsletter: Steps to VoIP success: Considerations for a premise-based VoIP product, 09/13/06

Picking up where we left off last time with VoIP deployment advice from Dan Hoffman, president and CEO of hosted VoIP provider M5 ...

Skype launches video calling between Macs and PCs, 09/13/06

With the latest beta of Skype for the Macintosh, released on Wednesday, Skype hopes to help bridge the barrier between Macs and PCs for video calling.

VoIP troubleshooting tools can cause hacker trouble, too, expert says, 09/13/06

A range of free network troubleshooting tools, some specifically designed for VoIP, can also be used as hacker tools that pose threats to IP-voice deployments, according to an expert speaking at a VoN seminar Wednesday.

Digium debuts new Asterisk software, hardware appliance, 09/13/06

Digium this week released a version of its open-source Asterisk VoIP server as a hardware appliance, along with an updated version of the Asterisk code.

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