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NetAlly EtherScope nXG vs. NetBrain
May 2022
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"It clearly depicts the information we're looking for on a 10Gig testing, and we can also verify 100Gig links with it between our routing sites.""The most valuable part is absolutely being able to assess existing WiFi networks quickly. You get very powerful details of networks, details that you couldn't see unless you had multiple pieces of software and hardware. This does it all in one thing.""The wireless aspect of it has been super valuable. The AirMagnet Survey feature is very useful for site surveys. For a long time, it used to be done on laptops, and now, we can do this simply on a handheld with one technician. The data automatically gets uploaded to the cloud so that our more experienced technicians can review the data and pull it into AirMagnet. This feature has saved tons of time. It's not easy to approximate the time saved, but for each survey, I'm taking a junior technician and getting him to do a role that a senior technician used to do. So, there is a cost-saving of at least 50%.""The whole product is valuable because it's really a bunch of features that make up the one testing utility. Between auto tests, wireless assessments, its ability to do iPerf speed and traffic testing, as well as packet captures — all of those really contribute to a very successful product and allow me to do my job in a better manner.""When it comes to that remote troubleshooting perspective of being able to survey an area to see if there are problems, make adjustments, and then have that same individual resurvey that same area, I don't have to send people to a week long class on how to use the device. I know I am getting consistent results, which can verify near real-time, and whether or not the changes that I have implemented solve the problem.""The most valuable features are the WiFi troubleshooting, network validation, and cabling validation, and the fact that it's an all-in-one tool. You don't have to carry different tools. The multi-technology functionality and its ability to do WiFi and wired Ethernet analysis in one device are the best aspects.""Another good thing I really liked was that it would not only tell me the IP address, but it would tell me more info. It would grab the CDP off of the CDP profile and read all the info it could get, so I knew what I was looking at.""It has reduced our internal troubleshooting time. In the cases where we could not internally solve the troubleshooting, we would have had to contact an external vendor to test cable, rerun it, etc. NetAlly EtherScope has let us eliminate that in most cases so we can resolve an issue on our own without having to call a third-party out to identify the problem. It has reduced our troubleshooting time for network cabling issues by a good 75 percent."

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"This product has good network monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities.""NetBrain is a very simple tool.""Enables maps to be drawn out."

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"We have had to use a battery pack unit, bringing it with us, when we are doing long testing or a lot of testing. It is like a mini computer, so it does use a lot of battery life.""The only improvement I can come up with is the battery life. If they could improve the battery life, that would be great.""The largest complaint that we get is the battery life on the unit. If you are using it heavily, you get about five hours of usage out of it. In an eight hour day, that is not perfect for us. We would like more battery usage. The battery thing is annoying.""NetAlly doesn't have a spectrum analyzer. I have to use other tools to view the spectrum, and this is a problem.""The battery life should be improved.""The user interface could be a little bit more streamlined, a little bit easier. Sometimes it's hard to find a specific thing that you're looking for. In terms of hardware-based improvement, the battery would be the biggest issue. The battery goes out very quickly.""If I could reset it remotely, meaning reboot the unit, that would be helpful. One time, the test would not respond; the script would lock up. I had to go and manually reboot it. If I could have sent a command to reboot and it would have automatically connected to the wireless, that would have made it perfect. That was the only thing that it did not do.""One point of contention might be that when we were starting it up for the first time, there was a little bit of confusion about registration and getting the proper support plans applied. So, that could be more streamlined, but that's not uncommon in the industry."

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"The solution could integrate more automation.""The IP interface brief isn't consistent.""Each device needs to be configured to allow NetBrain to poll for the information it needs, which can be very time-consuming for a large network."

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  • "The stuff is expensive. I really do wish the price would come down. I don't really call support. I haven't had a problem. But it's really expensive and every year I have to pay them a ton of money. I don't want to make up reasons to justify that cost, but I'm not using the support."
  • "The cost is not cheap but it totally pays for itself because it can do so much."
  • "For the average network shop, the cost is a bit high. In a lot of organizations, people don't share test devices between teams. Generally, you need a device for the network team and a device for the system team, the security team, etc. While the cost is a little on the high side, that is offset by the regular updates and continued improvements that NetAlly adds to the device. Those improvements continue to increase the perceived value of the device."
  • "It's a pricey device, but I see value in it from a business perspective."
  • "We paid for the additional maintenance on it (for an extra year) to get that extra coverage. This was the first time that we had this solution in-house, and it was pretty pricey. So, we wanted to make sure that anything went wrong, then we could get it repaired."
  • "It's very expensive. I wish I could buy a few more and give them to all the people who could use it, or perhaps send it to a client, given that some of its features are easy to use. But sending something worth $8,000 or $9,000 is nerve-racking. It would be nice that if it were a lot less expensive."
  • "The pricing was a little bit high, but I understand that when you are getting multiple tools."
  • "The pricing can be a little bit high for a handheld tool, mostly because, potentially, people do not understand what's in the package. However, NetAlly offers great bundled deals. We got a significantly good deal by ordering a package of these devices that had a whole test kit together. So, while it's very high, the value is certainly there, and the vendor does offer value-added features to offset that cost."
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  • "Licensing is based on a per-device basis, which means that it can get very expensive if you have a large number of devices."
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    Questions from the Community
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    The solution’s AirMapper Site Survey app is extremely easy to use. We give it to the technicians and send them out to go do that function. We hand it to the technician who goes onsite, then they take… more »
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    If we were to purchase separate meters to do similar things, it would be double or triple the cost for us to have each toolkit available. Being a small business, putting that much money on a single… more »
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    The largest complaint that we get is the battery life on the unit. If you are using it heavily, you get about five hours of usage out of it. In an eight hour day, that is not perfect for us. We would… more »
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    NetBrain is a very simple tool.
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    The solution is licensing and on-premises. You need to download the software and enable the license on any X86 machine server. We pay a yearly subscription fee. It's economical. It was not very… more »
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    NetBrain is a very simple tool, however, it's not an NDR. It doesn't have the capabilities to run PCAPs and so on. The solution could integrate more automation. If the product has to be evolved, it… more »
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    EtherScope nXG, EtherScope, netAlly EtherScope
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    Multi-technology, all-in-one handheld network tester that enables engineers and technicians to get more done faster, from deployment to maintenance and documentation of their ever-changing Wi-Fi and Ethernet access networks.

    Managing today’s networks with yesterday’s manual processes is no longer a viable solution. NetBrain’s network automation platform provides actionable insights into your network to help you make better and faster decisions - particularly when you’re troubleshooting, securing, and making changes to the network.

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    CompuCon, TD Ameritrade, Move Inc.
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Manufacturing Company17%
    Computer Software Company8%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Venture Capital & Private Equity Firm8%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
    Small Business33%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business79%
    Midsize Enterprise2%
    Large Enterprise18%
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    Buyer's Guide
    NetAlly EtherScope nXG vs. NetBrain
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about NetAlly EtherScope nXG vs. NetBrain and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    599,220 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    NetAlly EtherScope nXG is ranked 3rd in Network Troubleshooting with 14 reviews while NetBrain is ranked 7th in Network Troubleshooting with 3 reviews. NetAlly EtherScope nXG is rated 8.6, while NetBrain is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of NetAlly EtherScope nXG writes "It's easy to hand this solution to someone else and get them to provide consistent results". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetBrain writes "Some inconsistencies which have improved recently; ability to draw out maps is a big time saver ". NetAlly EtherScope nXG is most compared with OptiView XG, AirCheck G2, LinkRunner and OneTouch AT Network Assistant, whereas NetBrain is most compared with SolarWinds NPM, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, Cisco DNA Center, ThousandEyes and Infoblox NetMRI. See our NetAlly EtherScope nXG vs. NetBrain report.

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