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2020-05-12T05:43:00Z
Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your primary use case for NetAlly EtherScope nXG?

How do you or your organization use this solution?

Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences.

Thank you!

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DA
Network Engineer at a engineering company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
2020-11-17T07:27:00Z
17 November 20

I use it for WiFi troubleshooting, network validation, and cabling validation.

Wayne Inniss - PeerSpot reviewer
Field Support Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
2020-11-04T07:28:00Z
04 November 20

We use it to troubleshoot network cabling issues as well as identify network ports and network connectivity issues from the end user to the switch. It is a device that helps us test cables and network connectivity.

Jonathan-Davis - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Network Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2020-08-30T08:33:00Z
30 August 20

I use it regularly for both wired and wireless troubleshooting, performance testing, and verification. I am a customer and beta tester for NetAlly.

Andrii Danylov - PeerSpot reviewer
Systems Engineer at IT Management Corp
Real User
2020-08-26T05:42:00Z
26 August 20

Our company is an IT integrator and we have a lot of work on different kinds of IP networks. We deploy networks, we troubleshoot them, and we optimize them. The EtherScope is very useful in our day-to-day activities when we are onsite too, for example, to check the network drop, which port is on the switch, and to see all the details about the switch. We also use it to test cables for any kind of damage. It tests all eight wires in the internet cable. It has a small dongle that you can put on the other side of the cable and know the exact length and condition of the cable. We also use it for testing high bandwidth links, such as 10 Gb fiber links between different buildings, or even different sites. We can use the EtherScope to run a speed test to see what the max capacity is that we can achieve on the fiber.

KK
Owner at Camber Integration
Real User
2020-08-23T08:17:00Z
23 August 20

I use it primarily to troubleshoot wireless WiFi networks. I look for channel interference, I look for signal level problems, and I channel-ize things on the fly with it, very successfully. I use it at least once a week. It depends on the jobs, as I do all kinds of different jobs. Sometimes I'll use it every day during the course of a job. Sometimes I'll use it just to analyze an existing system, to define what needs to be fixed or addressed. I also use it just to double check that what I install is the way it's supposed to be, as far as channelization and signal levels go. I have the unit that came with the extra antenna and I also have the SFP, but I mainly use the main base unit for troubleshooting.

Movses Tovmasyan - PeerSpot reviewer
Engineer Support at Cisco
Real User
2020-08-19T07:57:00Z
19 August 20

The main thing I wanted to do with it was to inject noise into the line but I also used it to see how much noise was on the line. I also used it to measure the cable length and the pairing quality of the cable. In addition, I could remote in from my computer, as long as it was on a network, so I didn't have to go back and forth. If I needed it in the lab, I'd place it there and go to my laptop and control it. I could read all the tests and do any tests, all I needed to, which was really good.

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SS
Independent Consultant at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Real User
2020-05-14T10:16:00Z
14 May 20

We have used it for 10 gigabit performance testing. Originally, when we first got the device, for about the first three to four months, that was exclusively how it was used, in a heavy-use environment. We had some new 10 Gb equipment that we were stress testing, but we also wanted to confirm that things were working. We had just gotten the nXG product in our hands, so what better use of it? After that point, we have used it a lot for wireless, day-to-day operations, and troubleshooting. We've used it for some specific Linux server test-bed scenarios, with different functions tied to it. We've done wire surveys and troubleshooting as well. We have definitely used it for the last six to nine months, regularly, as our proof that when we turn up at a new customer, everything's working. There are four of us, including me, using the device in our company. I'm the most advanced engineer and have been using these products the longest. I've got another engineer who has used it for specific tasks that I've pointed him towards. I also have a technician who uses it fairly frequently for basic testing and troubleshooting and certification. And our NOC manager, who is more a peer of mine — he's more technical than the other two, from the years of experience — was the one who used it for the first three months on the 10-gig. It has a pretty good range of direct uses.

TB
Test Engineer at Verizon
Real User
2020-05-14T10:16:00Z
14 May 20

We are a group that tests WiFi routers and interaction between those routers and client devices, such as laptops, etc. We use these NetAlly devices pretty extensively for getting a third-party view of what's going on over the air. We use it primarily for its WiFi-related features, such as looking at what channels are being used, what other access points are on the air nearby. At times we use it at a customer's location in real-world settings, and at other times we use it in the lab when we're creating our own scenarios. It helps us confirm what's in the air.

Ryan Ulrick - PeerSpot reviewer
Consulting Engineer at CDW
Real User
2020-05-12T05:43:00Z
12 May 20

I currently work as an Enterprise and Data Center Network Consultant. Because of that I’m in a wide variety of customer environments that change constantly. The flexibility of the nXG allows me to keep it with me, no matter where I am and know I have the resource to perform wired, copper or fiber, and wireless network testing. This flexibility allows me to have instill my customers with confidence after an install that their network services are available and functioning as expected.

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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.
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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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HEllo, I recommned standalone tool called Ipswitch WhatsConnected (port-to-port connectivity, VLAN, virtual enviroment mapping, audit hw, firmware, SN´s, export to Visio and PDF.
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