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Network Analyzers

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Network analyzers are devices for testing network cable for compliance to specified standards, troubleshooting cable problems, analyzing problems, and monitoring network health. In general, network analyzers are infrastructure testing and troubleshooting tools. There are network testers for testing copper and fiber cable, and there are sniffers and protocol analyzers to monitor network traffic. Often, these devices are combined in the same unit.

This topic continues in "The Encyclopedia of Networking and Telecommunications" with a discussion of the following:

  • Network analysis tools, including cable testers, sniffers, and protocol analyzers
  • Network monitors
  • SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) and RMON (Remote Monitoring)
  • Cable testing and common tests
  • Protocol analyzer details

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