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Fluke has the answer for complex networks

Network Inspector has always been a powerful product. The latest version, 4.
Written by Bill Machrone, Contributor

Network Inspector has always been a powerful product. The latest version, 4.0, is better than ever. It discovers all devices on your network, not just the IP devices, and it doesn't stumble over everyday obstacles such as your switches or devices with duplicate IP addresses.

Our reviewers tested Network Inspector on a live corporate network and they were generally delighted with what they found, even though it made more work for them. For example, it uncovered a number of printers that were set with their manufacturer's default IP address.

All this, and it can even do great graphical output. Network Inspector does a comprehensive inventory of IP, NetBIOS, and IPX devices, and can automatically fire up a copy of Visio 2000 for a complete, pretty-printed report.

I love products like this, and I'm an unabashed Fluke fan (my home oscilloscope is a Fluke). I see our network guys running around with Fluke cable analyzers and protocol analyzers all the time, and they always have good things to say about them. This is hardware that saves your bacon.

Not convinced? Read the review for all the details. Still not convinced? Download a 15-day trial package and see for yourself.

Time to Start Thinking About Digital Radio
The products won't begin appearing for a year or so, but digital radio is on the way. The bottom line: CD-quality audio in PCs, cell phones, pagers, PDAs. So what? The new format includes audio and data, so that artist and album information is continually available, along with news, weather, and sports.

There's a standards battle brewing, of course. Unless you're in the radio or receiver devices business, you probably won't have to choose sides. But you should know what's going on.

  • Read PC Magazine's review on Digital Radio
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How much of a future do you think digital audio has? And how much more would you be willing to spend to get better quality sound on your PC or cell phone?

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