A few years back some of us wrote on a common theme around our tools and tool-bags. These posts turned out to be quite popular and informative to many in the community, including ourselves. Since the original post back in 2011, I have added a few new toys tools to my tool-bag and figured it was time to share some of the updates with you.
My first post will be about Fluke LinkSprinter 200. Before I get started, I just want to give a shout-out to a fellow Tech Field Day delegate, Bob McCouch over at HerdingPackets.Net , for telling me about this tool.
So what is so special about the LinkSprinter 200 and why do you need one?
Simple, just ask yourself if have you ever had to…
- Track down what switch and port a network element (Computer, Server, WAP, etc) is connected to?
- Find out what VLAN a port is in?
- Does the port support PoE?
- Check to make sure DHCP is working?
- Find out what speed and duplex a port can operating at?
- Do you have connectivity to your gateway and the internet?
The LinkSprinter 200 tool can do all of that and fast! I used it for a network migration the other day and it saved us hours of work. Normally we have to trace cables to find where printers are plugged into so we can change VLANs and port configurations. Normally this takes about 10–20 minutes per printer, with the LinkSPrinter we were able to get all the printers done in about 10 minutes.