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. Fluke Networks' free Switch Port Monitor software 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.
The information captured by the Switch Port Monitor is delivered to the user via a simple interface that may then be transformed into convenient documentation for reporting. Historically, reporting has been tedious and time consuming, but with this software utility, engineers can easily generate reports by simply copying the information they need and pasting it into a spreadsheet.
Using a Microsoft® Windows®-based utility, the Switch Port Monitor software offers 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. As a free download, the Switch Port Monitor is easy to access and helps engineers be more productive and proactive by revealing the cause of many common network problems and making monitoring and documentation of switch statistics simple.