Fluke Networks’ New LinkRunner AT Sets New Speed and Simplicity Benchmark for Ethernet Connectivity Testing

Fluke Networks today announced the LinkRunner™ AT Network Auto-Tester for frontline technicians and network engineers looking to quickly troubleshoot or verify Ethernet connectivity. With one touch of a button, the LinkRunner AT performs six essential connectivity tests and returns the results to the user in less than 10 seconds, paying for itself in about a month.*

This speed and simplicity, combined with the ability to customize additional tests, helps IT managers ensure that technicians at every skill level can automatically perform a standardized set of tests and reduce errors, speed problem resolution, and improve productivity by reducing errors and call backs.

“This device just ‘gets me.’ It understands what my workflow truly is and what type of information I need to do my job,” said Charles Morris, senior consultant at ACS, A Xerox Company. “Its functionality, including the AutoTest feature and ability to create custom testing sets, is like having an engineer in the palm of your hand. I love this device.”

Fluke Networks identified six key Ethernet connectivity tests for the AutoTest feature based on decades of leadership in the network test and measurement space. The tests, which ensure Ethernet connectivity, 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).

“Increased productivity is at the top of the list for the majority of our enterprise network customers as the economy continues to be uncertain and resources remain constrained,” said Gary Ger, vice president and general manager at Fluke Networks. “The LinkRunner AT is aimed directly at meeting that challenge for our network professionals by changing the game for Ethernet connectivity testing and productivity of IT organizations.”

Ger also noted that in developing LinkRunner AT, support for new technologies including PoE and IPv6 testing capabilities was critical. “With trends like VoIP phones and security cameras relying on PoE, and new government mandates about the use of IPv6 driving industry adoption of the standard, this tool ensures we’re ahead of our customer’s testing needs in the market,” Ger said.

The LinkRunner AT features a full-color ¼ 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 allows any organizations to create a custom testing methodology with a variety of tests, and standardizes those tests as one or more profiles on a single tester (or fleet of testers) for more consistent results.

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