Fluke Networks has announced the Switch Port Monitor, a free, downloadable network monitoring software utility that provides visibility into network switches.
According to the details provided in the company’s press release, Switch Port Monitor is a Windows-based utility that provides monitoring via simple network management protocol (SNMP) to query switches and deliver information that is useful for identifying issues such as duplex mismatches, bad cabling, defective NICs and ports, device connectivity problems and highly utilized ports.
“For the majority of enterprises, the switch is the key network device, so visibility into the switch is necessary to thoroughly understand what’s actually happening on the network. The Switch Port Monitor provides detailed information by port such as interface name, speed, status, packet activity, number of errors, current and peak utilization, as well as user-defined alerts that are delivered in real time. This allows engineers to solve problems faster and be more proactive, as they can easily tunnel into the switch on a port-by-port basis and effectively monitor the statistics to isolate potential problems.”