2020-05-14T10:16:00Z
Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for NetAlly EtherScope nXG?

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We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

Please share what you can so you can help your peers.

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JamesStout - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Director at JVS Consulting
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-08-16T06:47:19Z
Aug 16, 2022

The price for both devices was around the 20,000 mark. For the NetAlly support, some parts of it require a license to use it. With the backing for the devices, it's all wrapped up in one agreement that states you pay £500 a year, and you get accident insurance on the device and any new updates.

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Dan Jones - PeerSpot reviewer
Principle Wireless Engineer at Natilik
MSP
Top 10Leaderboard
2022-06-23T17:56:00Z
Jun 23, 2022

It is worth it. The cost benefit of Link-Live is massive because it is included with the cost of the device and the licensing. A lot of people miss that part of it. It is not just the device that you get but it is the ability to look at all of that data later on. You're not having to do all of that on the device. You can just be there, use the device, and then look at the data from the comfort of your office or home afterward.

Luis  Gimenez - PeerSpot reviewer
Tecnical Director at SPW S.L.
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
2022-03-08T11:21:00Z
Mar 8, 2022

The pricing is very expensive, but this tool is the best. I purchased the support from NetAlly.

Doug Dickerson - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager at Northwestern
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
2022-03-02T12:18:00Z
Mar 2, 2022

It's the best 10Gig network tester for the price on the market. We're moving to replace all of our testers with this tool. We're buying a total of six this year and the plan is to buy two units each year. We purchase an annual service contract for the devices. This is one of the best-valued tools on the market, in this space, and with the most flexibility. Some of the other tools lock you into one or two applications. This one, we saw as having the capability of adding multiple features to it. We'd like to see more apps developed for it.

Juan Wesson - PeerSpot reviewer
Project Technician at Nexion-Health
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
2022-02-02T16:51:00Z
Feb 2, 2022

The pricing was a little bit high, but I understand that when you are getting multiple tools.

Preston Dunn - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at Warehouse 5 LLC
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
2022-02-01T19:49:00Z
Feb 1, 2022

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 truck is not cost-effective. Instead, we could put the analyzer, network heat map, and cable tester all in one meter. That is why we went for it.

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DA
Network Engineer at a engineering company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Leaderboard
2020-11-17T07:27:00Z
Nov 17, 2020

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. It is quite a delicate tool. And for $9,000, I wish they included a nice pouch to protect it; something to carry it. The Ekahau Sidekick is an expensive tool but it comes with something to carry it on your shoulder. This one is easy to drop and it's $9,000. So you have to be super-careful as well.

Wayne Inniss - PeerSpot reviewer
Field Support Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2020-11-04T07:28:00Z
Nov 4, 2020

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, which is pretty standard.

Jonathan-Davis - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Network Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2020-08-30T08:33:00Z
Aug 30, 2020

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.

Andrii Danylov - PeerSpot reviewer
Systems Engineer at IT Management Corp
Real User
2020-08-26T05:42:00Z
Aug 26, 2020

There isn't any license. The pricing is not bad. It's moderate, but the tool is worth the price.

KK
Owner at Camber Integration
Real User
2020-08-23T08:17:00Z
Aug 23, 2020

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. I understand they have to do R&D and do updates; I get that. But it is an expensive device. It costs as much as some peoples' cars.

TB
Test Engineer at Verizon
Real User
2020-05-14T10:16:00Z
May 14, 2020

I don't consider the pricing to be a problem. It's not a cheap device, but it's a very capable device for the money. It's a good value.

SS
Independent Consultant at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Real User
2020-05-14T10:16:00Z
May 14, 2020

It's been a while since I've even looked at costs. If you are just looking at a handheld device unit for specific, wireless or wired testing and not much else, the cost may be a little more prohibitive than what you have in your budget. But if you have a need for more than one device, and want to try to prevent that unexpected road trip...

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Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Nov 17, 2020
Hi, We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information. Please share what you can so you can help your peers.
2 out of 7 answers
TB
Test Engineer at Verizon
May 14, 2020
I don't consider the pricing to be a problem. It's not a cheap device, but it's a very capable device for the money. It's a good value.
SS
Independent Consultant at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
May 14, 2020
It's been a while since I've even looked at costs. If you are just looking at a handheld device unit for specific, wireless or wired testing and not much else, the cost may be a little more prohibitive than what you have in your budget. But if you have a need for more than one device, and want to try to prevent that unexpected road trip...
Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Aug 16, 2022
Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with NetAlly EtherScope nXG. What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
2 out of 16 answers
Ryan Ulrick - PeerSpot reviewer
Consulting Engineer at CDW
May 12, 2020
I've really had some positive experience with this product. But eventually, and I know it's not something that can be built directly into this product, I would like to see NetAlly provide a device, even if it's larger or more expensive, that can test the higher rate speeds like, 40 or 100 gigabits per second. The only improvement I can come up with is the battery life. If they could improve the battery life, that would be great.
TB
Test Engineer at Verizon
May 14, 2020
The one thing that it doesn't do well, when it's doing airtime utilization measurements, is that it will classify things as non-802.11, and that isn't correct. What it could do better is make sure that it classifies all traffic that's in the air correctly. That's something that I've complained to them about before. It can infer that you have interference that really isn't there. Also, the ability to integrate it into automated testing is fairly limited. Part of what we do is automate things whenever we possibly can. The ability to integrate it into automated test environments more readily would be useful. Finally, while it does support 802.11ax technology, if it were able to give us a bit more information about what's happening in the 802.11ax realm, it would be useful. For example, we can't use this device to determine when something like OFDMA is being used in a conversation between an access point and a client. So more 802.11ax-specific data would be useful.
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