Getting sent out tomorrow to do some network analysis which I've only done a very little of.
Some rental place gave me an ancient version of sniffer pro 3.0.5 on a dinosaur laptop.
The problem is that the client has a number of CCTV cameras mainly on 100 mb switches but there may be some 10s or 10 links.
When they up the cameras to 25 frames per second they get dropouts - in fact get dropouts at anything above 6. They've got about 25 cameras and they said they've done 18 camera installs before on 100mbs networks - no worries.
So a few Qs: Pointing me to the right bits of the manual would be peachy
(oh and I have to operate in a strictly windows environment)
- Does ethereal handle switched networks and if so do I have to set anything special up.
- Can ethereal generate traffic and do throughput testing if so - how? and if not do people know of any other free tools I can use. There used to be this thing called Raccoon speed tester that did timed transfers but I can't find it anymore on the web. I'm guessing if it gets down to some switch not handling the type of packets I'll need something that can throw different packet types.
- Reporting - the client wants the problem pin-pointed and proved on paper.
- General tips and gotchas
- Should I send the sniffer pro back - is it going to give me anything important in this scenario that ethereal won't.
Sorry for all the Qs but I've been chucked in the deep end on this one and one of our techs has already hit this and bounced so it's up to me to save the day :(
Ouch, I don't envy you!!
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