Enterprise Networking: Fluke Networks Revamps Premium-Priced Network-Testing Tool

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2012-08-27 Print this article Print
OneTouch AT

OneTouch AT

The OneTouch AT has three buttons, only one of which a network technician needs to push to kick off a comprehensive set on wireless and wireline network infrastructure tests.
Fluke Networks is bringing the OneTouch network diagnostic test tool out of retirement with the addition of automated testing and a broad range of enhanced tests. As tested, my top-of-the line OneTouch AT priced out at just under $10,000. To get started, a basic configuration costs just under $5,000, making the OneTouch AT a premium tool for front-line technicians who need comprehensive test tools that are convenient and make quick work of diagnostic desk-side visits. The OneTouch AT competes with do-it-yourself applications such as Wireshark that get installed on a laptop. Among the key differences that recommend the OneTouch AT is the neat packaging of the wireline (including copper and optional optical) and wireless interfaces along with the tests, testing procedures, expert interpretation and reporting. The OneTouch AT is a rugged, rechargeable, hand-carry device that can be deployed within seconds. The technician can be up and running almost as soon as he or she arrives at the end user's work area. In eWEEK Labs tests, the OneTouch AT was able to provide usable results within minutes.
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.

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