REVIEW: Network test tools from Fluke, NETSCOUT and SignalTEK

Network testers are ideal for IDing bad cabling, helping to troubleshoot network issues, estimating cable lengths and determining cable rates. Here's a look at three that can do the job and provide a range of features.

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You can utilize their jobs feature to separate tests into specific jobs – perhaps a different job for each location or building. You can see a history of the jobs and the pass/fail results of tests for each. On the Setup screen you can configure settings and preferences of the unit, tests, IP connectivity, test ports and test reports.

signalteknt pdf report Eric Geier

This is an example of a PDF report you can export with their mobile app via Wi-Fi to the main unit.

You can get the PDF and/or CSV reports from the tests off of the unit by plugging in a USB flash drive or via a mobile app (IDEAL AnyWARE) from your separate Android or iOS device. When using the mobile app, you’d connect to the main unit’s Wi-Fi network from your mobile device, and then on the app select the jobs you want to download to the mobile device. Once the job is on the mobile device, you can view and/or share all the PDF and CSV reports via the typical mobile share options. But before you can share, you must first disconnect from the main unit’s Wi-Fi because it doesn’t have an Internet connection, regardless if it’s plugged into an active network.

Overall, the testing and configuration functionality and settings with the SignalTEK NT units were all straightforward. Everything with using and setting up the units seemed as user-friendly as it could get. They modernized the data export process with the mobile app, but it sure would be nice if they supported cloud syncing as well.

(Eric Geier is a freelance tech writer and founder of NoWiresSecurity, a cloud-based Wi-Fi security service, and Wi-Fi Surveyors, a wireless-networking consulting firm.)

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