We hope you enjoy this month’s NetEqualizer Newsletter. Highlights include updates on upcoming Release 8.4, Seven Network Troubleshooting Tips, a reminder about the upcoming ASCUE conference, and also our complimentary Tech Refresh offering.
|Release 8.4 will debut in June!|
Greetings! Enjoy another issue of NetEqualizer News.
In this Issue:
:: NetEqualizer Release 8.4 Debuts in June!
:: Renew your NetEqualizer Knowledge with a Tech Refresh
:: Learn about the NetEqualizer at ASCUE June 12-16
:: Best of Blog: Seven Must Know Network Troubleshooting Tips
|NetEqualizer Release 8.4 Debuts in June!|
A Few of My Favorite Things about Release 8.4….
Comments by Art Reisman
Last month we detailed some of the new features coming out in our 8.4 Release. To be honest, at the time of the last newsletter, I had not actually kicked the tires on it. These past few weeks I have been using it extensively, and have been really quite impressed. Here are some of my notes on what I love about 8.4.
#1) The Updated NetEqualizer Dashboard
The Dashboard, with a ticker tape type live monitor, finally provides a clean professional look that the NetEqualizer deserves. From here you access four core areas: 1) Setup, 2) RTR, 3) DDoS, and 4) Maintenance. One change that you will love to see – your key is now listed in Mbps or Gbps. Below you can see under “Authorized to Pass” the key is for 10Gbps. The new curb appeal certainly has had a positive effect on recent customers that have previewed 8.4.
#2) Batch Configuration!
You now will have the ability to edit and modify all of your rules in a spreadsheet-type format from the GUI. In my opinion, this was long overdue, so I am excited that we have finally been able to incorporate this feature into our GUI.
Previously, this was only possible by directly editing our configuration file. While certainly efficient, it used to be a risky proposition, as there was no checking for malformed rules. With the GUI front end, error checking is now in place to look for common data validation errors such as properly formed IP addresses and valid positive integers where required. There are also warning messages to help alert you as needed. And as you can see below, you can name your Pools to something meaningful on your network (here they are called Test Pool 1, Test 2, and Test 3).
#3) Easily Set Time and Time Zone
The new GUI also has an easy way to set the time and pick a timezone – no more logging in to the NetEqualizer terminal! (enough said)
#4) See Everything in the Units you Choose
Check back next month to get your copy of Release 8.4!
As with all software releases, the 8.4 Release will be free to all customers with valid NetEqualizer Software and Support (NSS).
|Renew your NetEqualizer Knowledge with a Tech Refresh|
If you have not already scheduled a Tech Refresh, consider it!
Our FREE* Tech Refresh sessions (*with valid NSS) are conducted via webex, so you do not even have to leave your office to renew your NetEqualizer knowledge!Please take advantage of this offering, especially if you have new staff, are upgrading to a new release, or would like to learn more about our new features. We receive glowing feedback on these sessions – they are only 30 minutes to one (1) hour and are worth the time!
These sessions can ensure that you and your team get the most out of your NetEqualizer!
Here are just a few of the benefits:
Schedule your Tech Refresh today by clicking the link below!
|Learn about the NetEqualizer at ASCUE June 12-16|
Join Young Harris College at ASCUE!
Learn how they use the NetEqualizer to solve network congestion
It is almost here! If you work in higher education, join your colleagues at ASCUE this spring, June 12-16th in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. And if you have ever wanted to learn more about how the NetEqualizer is used in higher education to resolve network congestion, you can hear all about it at ASCUE!
One of our long-time customers, Hollis Townsend, Director of Technology Support and Operations at Young Harris College, will be talking about his experience with the NetEqualizer in his talk at ASCUE. Hollis’ presentation is titled “Shaping Bandwidth – Learning to Love Netflix on Campus“.
Young Harris has been using NetEqualizer to solve their network congestion issues since July, 2007. They have upgraded their NetEQ as their network has grown over the years, and currently run an NE3000 with a 1Gbps license.
We are also happy to announce that APconnections, home of the NetEqualizer, will be a Silver Sponsor at the ASCUE Conference. We will be giving away a great door prize – a Fitbit fitness watch!
It is not too late to register. Visit the ASCUE website for details!
ASCUE is the Association Supporting Computer Users in Education and they have been around since 1968. Members hail from all over North America. ASCUE’s mission is to provide opportunities for resource-sharing, networking, and collaboration within an environment that fosters creativity and innovation in the use of technology within higher education.
|Best Of Blog|
By Art Reisman – CTO
Editor’s Note: This article contains some great tips to troubleshoot your network. While our network administrators already know this, others may not. We hope this helps you the next time you are staring at a “loading…” message, and wondering what is going on!
To get started you’ll need to get a hold of two key software tools: 1) Ping Tool and 2) a Network Scan Tool, both which I describe in more detail below. And for advanced analysis (experts only), I will then show you how you can use a bandwidth shaper/sniffer if needed.
Ping is a great tool to determine what your network responsiveness is (in milliseconds), identified by trying to get a response from a typical website. If you do not already know how to use Ping on your device there are hundreds of references to Ping and how to use it. Simply google “how to use ping ” on your favorite device or computer to learn how to use it.
For example, I found these instructions for my MAC; and there are similar instructions for Windows, iPhone, Linux, Android, etc.
Network Scan Tool
There are a variety of network SCAN tools/apps available for just about any consumer device or computer. The decent ones will cost a few dollars, but I have never regretted purchasing one. I use mine often for very common home and business network issues as I will detail in the tips below. Be sure and use the term “network scan tool” when searching, so you do not get confusing results about unrelated document scanning tools.
Once you get your scan tool installed, test it out by selecting Network Scan. Here is the output from my MAC scan tool. I will be referencing this output later in the article.
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