Handheld Meter Eases Testing
Fluke Networks last month introduced the LinkRunner Network Multimeter, a handheld tester that I've used several times in setting up network tests.Fluke Networks last month introduced the LinkRunner Network Multimeter, a handheld tester that Ive used several times in setting up network tests. Its ease of use belies the things you can test for, making it a good choice for inexperienced front-line technicians who are the first responders to connectivity calls. In addition, at $495, the LinkRunner is the least expensive Fluke Networks device Ive seen. I connected the LinkRunner with a patch cable to a network jack and could determine, among other things, if the Labs network was using DHCP; what kind of cable was in use (straight through or crossover); and if the cable had any shorts, opens or split pairs. I could also gauge network utilization with the tool.
Ive used the LinkRunner to ping devices on the network, and the device has a handy feature that let me store a couple of frequently used IP addresses. I used this feature to store the Labs default gateway and DNS address, thus speeding up tests that determined if the cable was even connected to the right network.