NetEqualizer News: March 2014

March 2014


Enjoy another issue of NetEqualizer News! This month, we discuss our summer release and 8.0 Beta progress, as well as announce our FlyAway Contest winner and revisit a classic NetEqualizer whitepaper. As always, feel free to pass this along to others who might be interested in NetEqualizer News.

A message from Art…
Art Reisman, CTO – APconnections

This past month I have had the pleasure of working with some of you installing our 8.0 Beta – Protocol art_canoe_pictureTracking – release on your NetEqualizers. It has been fun seeing protocol tracking in action, and I have been humbled by the positive feedback. Thanks to all of you for working with me on this project. I truly appreciate your willingness to be Beta host sites – thank you!

Speaking of the Beta, you can read more about our plan for protocol tracking below, along with our planned summer release! I am just getting used to the fact that it is almost spring, and here comes summer…

We love it when we hear back from you – so if you have a story you would like to share with us of how we have helped you, let us know. Email me directly at I would love to hear from you!

2014 Real-Time Reporting (RTR) Summer Release

Many of you have noticed and thanked us for our investment over the last year in reporting within the NetEqualizer toolset. In 2014, we have made it a goal to completely replace ntop reports within NetEqualizer with Dynamic RTR.

To do this, we have several key features that we are working on for a summer release:

1) Increase our traffic graphs time frame to display up to 1 week of data.
2) Change the time displayed to show time of day.
3) Enable you to automatically dump data to a separate server for longer periods of analysis.

In addition to these key features, we plan to beef up our Pools reporting, by adding Pool and VLAN traffic graphs. This will enable you to see the upload and download usage over time for your defined Pools and VLANs. We will also graph penalties over time (for a selected IP, Pool, or the network as a whole), so that you can see how often your network traffic is being equalized.


We plan to convert all remaining “Current Activity” reports into RTR reports, including the NetEqualizer Log. Now you will be able to sort, search, and view the log in a much more usable manner.

Finally, our protocol tracking reports will officially be generally available (G/A) in our summer release. You can read more about this in the article below.


While ntop will remain on the GUI interface through 2014, we expect to remove it in early 2015. So if you have not already starting using RTR, please put it on your list to look at in 2014 or ask us for a demo.

Once our summer release reaches G/A, these features will be free to customers with valid NetEqualizer Software and Support who are running version 7.5. If you are not current with NSS, contact us today at:



Protocol Tracking: Update on 8.0 Beta

In our February Newsletter, we announced our Beta Release of Protocol Tracking reports.

Since then, we have installed the 8.0 Beta at multiple customer sites, and have received positive feedback. We now consider 8.0 to be stable, and it is working well. However, as we do not want to cause “release exhaustion”, we have decided to roll the protocol tracking into our summer release for our official G/A.

We know that it takes some time out of your schedule each time we offer a release, and we are deferring this to minimize disruption for our customers.

However, if you cannot wait until summer for protocol tracking, we are happy to offer the 8.0 code to anyone current on NSS running version 7.5+. Just email or call support to request 8.0.



Comparison Paper: A Classic Revisited

If it has been some time since you have read our classic white paper, Equalizing Compared to Application Shaping, you are in for a treat!

We have just updated and revised it, to make it more readable and relevant to today’s networks.

This is a must read if you ever get asked, “What makes the NetEqualizer different and better than other devices?” Or, you can pass it along to your boss, colleagues, and others that might want to learn more about behavior-based shaping technology.

Take a look at the new whitepaper here.

And, if you have questions, feel free to contact us at:



And the FlyAway Contest Winner Is…

Every few months, we have a drawing to give away two round-trip domestic airline tickets from Frontier Airlines to one lucky person who’s recently tried out our online NetEqualizer demo.40

The time has come to announce this round’s winner.

And the winner is…

Scott Coughlin at ValueOptions!

Congratulations, Scott!

Please contact us within 30 days (by April 18, 2014) at:



to claim your prize!

Best Of The Blog

Federal Judge Orders Internet Name be Changed to CDSFBB (Content Delivery Service For Big Business)

By Art Reisman – CTO – APconnections

Okay, so I fabricated that headline, it’s not true, but I hope it goes viral and sends a message that our public Internet is being threatened by business interests and activist judges.

I’ll concede our government does serve us well in some cases;  they have produced some things that could not be done without their oversight, for example:

1) The highway system

2) The FAA does a pretty good job keeping us safe

3) The Internet. At least up until some derelict court ruling that will allow ISPs to give preferential treatment to content providers for a payment (bribe), whatever you want to call it.

The ramifications of this ruling may bring an end to the Internet as we know it…

Photo Of The Month

Tom’s Thumb
Because we live near the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, hiking is in our blood. Given our natural interest in the activity, it’s also fun to hike in other parts of the country and the world. This picture was taken at the summit of Tom’s Thumb in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve near Phoenix, Arizona. Though not nearly as high as Colorado peaks, the trail was arduous and offered a great view at the top.

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