Fluke Networks has announced the availability of its Switch Port Monitor, a free, downloadable network monitoring software utility that provides visibility into network switches to help IT professionals solve problems common to local area networks (LANs).

Specifically, this Microsoft Windows-based utility 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.

The Switch Port Monitor 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.

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