|We hope you enjoy this month’s NetEqualizer Newsletter. Highlights include an overview of more 8.5 Release features, a preview of our new website, and more!
8.5 Release – More Features!
Greetings! Enjoy another issue of NetEqualizer News.
In this Issue:
:: 8.5 Release – Features Preview
:: NetEqualizer is a Hidden Node Solution
:: Under Construction – New Website?
:: Best of Blog: The Best Monitoring Tool for Your Network – May Not Be What You Think
|8.5 Release – Features Preview|
8.5 Release Additions – Continued from February…
In February, we talked about adding Real-Time Penalties to the RTR Dashboard, and adding Host Name from NSLookup to RTR Reports. This month we introduce several more features planned for 8.5:
1) Configuration Validation for Traffic Limits & P2P Limits
In order to make it easier for you to setup and configure your NetEqualizer, in 8.5 we are adding automated configuration validation to our toolset. In the first offering, we will automate the rules around defining traffic limits and P2P limits. As part of the installation process, when you send your diagnostic to Support, we will then run our configuration validation on your rule set. This will be particularly useful for customers that set up hundreds of traffic limiting rules.
2) Add Units to Active Connections Report
You can now select the units that you wish to see on the Active Connections Report. We currently show Active Connections in bytes/second (Bps), as this was aligned with how we used to show units in the configuration. However, in 8.5 we added the ability to select Configuration Units – the traditional Bytes per Second (Bps), or Megabits per second (Mbps), or Kilobits per second (Kbps). Now we are aligning Active Connections with those changes, by expanding our units selection to include Active Connections. See below for screenshots of this new feature.
In this example, as Megabits per second (Mbps) are selected, you can see that both Wavg (column 4) and Avg (column 5) are now shown in Mbps. Hopefully this will make it easier for you, as you can see your reports in Units that are meaningful to you:
As always, the 8.5 Release will be free to our customers with valid NetEqualizer Software and Support (NSS) plans.
|NetEqualizer is a Hidden Node Solution|
Read our Hidden Node White Paper
If you are an Wireless Internet Provider, and are challenged with Hidden Nodes in your network infrastructure, you may want to read our newly released Hidden Node White Paper, to see how the NetEqualizer resolves this issue.Of the numerous growing pains that can accompany the expansion of a wireless network, the issue of hidden nodes is one of the most difficult problems to solve. Despite best efforts, the communication breakdown between nodes can wreak havoc on a network, often leading to sub par performance and unhappy users. Many times, the cost of potential solutions appears to outweigh the benefits of expansion, which in some cases may not be a choice, but a necessity. Yet, hidden nodes are a problem that must be addressed and ultimately solved if a wireless network is to achieve successful growth and development.
To continue reading, view the full white paper here. Check it out!
|Under Construction – New Website?|
Website Design Alternative – Tell Us What You Think!
We are working with a design agency to put together new web pages. Our initial set of pages are ready. We picked a dark background, and aimed for an interface that aligned with today’s mobile platforms, as it is more scrollable, and trend towards less text/more pictures.
Before we switch over to use these pages across our entire platform (we are using for our Google Adwords leads now), we would love to get your feedback.
Please take a minute to look at the new pages, and then click on the feedback button to email us your thoughts.
Click the above picture or this link to view the new design: http://netequalizer.com/fast/
What do you like? Dislike? Any recommendations for what we should change? And the big question – should we keep our current website or move to this?
|Best Of Blog|
The Best Monitoring Tool for Your Network – May Not Be What You Think
By Art Reisman
A common assumption in the IT world is that the starting point for any network congestion solution begins with a monitoring tool. “We must first figure out what specific type of traffic is dominating our network, and then we’ll decide on the solution”. This is a reasonable and rational approach for a one time problem. However, the source of network congestion can change daily, and it can be a different type of traffic or different user dominating your bandwidth each day…
|Photo of the Month|
This is a picture of a Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly taken in Arizona in the high desert grasslands area over a recent spring break getaway. This butterfly can be found in a variety of habitats, but is most commonly found in forests.
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