Cost effective network tester

I'm looking for cost effective network tester that can scan cable and identify switch name, IP address of switch and VLAN information.

We had a network tool from fluke networks that did that, but those are pricey.

Anything under $100 would be perfect
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nader alkahtaniConnect With a Mentor Network EngineerCommented:
is you work in Cisco envirunment You should use the open source tool WinCdp https://github.com/chall32/WinCDP
it uses CDP to get the following :
Switch name , ip , vlan , model , port
the cable tester may be 4 $ just from http://www.amazon.com/HDE-HDE-H11-Network-Cable-Tester/dp/B000P1OA1O
so you can use .bat file to flash the port of the switch that your laptop connects with , by the following commands :
:biginning
wmic path win32_networkadapter where NetconnectionID="Local Area Connection" call disable
wmic path win32_networkadapter where NetconnectionID="Local Area Connection" call enable
timeout /t 2
goto biginning

and you need to tracer as a toner and a probe from fluke with 79 $ http://www.amazon.com/Fluke-Networks-26000900-Pro3000-Generator/dp/B000FTADX0/ref=sr_1_1?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1435016724&sr=1-1&keywords=toner+cable
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Fred MarshallPrincipalCommented:
How about ManageEngine, the free version:
http://www.manageengine.com/network-monitoring/download-free.html

For monitoring, I use Paessler's PRTG.
But ManageEngine is more along the lines of a scanner that tells you what's there.
I'm sure there's plenty of overlap.

I've used it on small networks and like what it does.  Very powerful scan results.
I don't know about VLANs though.
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HospitalITGuyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info and I apologize for the ambiguity in my post.

What I'm looking for is a hardware for testing hardware connections like Fluke Network's NetTool
http://www.flukenetworks.com/enterprise-network/network-testing/NetTool-Series-II-Inline-Network-Tester
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Fred MarshallConnect With a Mentor PrincipalCommented:
I use the test-um devices.. like LAN Scaper.  But, in truth, for me the most use is of the most simple functions: cable length, cable/connector wiring correctness/integrity, tone generator, termination blocks for ID.
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HospitalITGuyAuthor Commented:
Does it tell you which switch a cable is plugged into and which port.
Those are the 2 major features I need
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Kamran ArshadConnect With a Mentor IT AssociateCommented:
Hi,

Fluke makes the best products no doubt. You may have a look at tessco;

https://www.tessco.com/products/productHierarchy.do?subtabId=33114
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Fred MarshallPrincipalCommented:
I use the test-um devices.. like LAN Scaper
Does it tell you which switch a cable is plugged into and which port?
No, it doesn't.
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Michael RojekConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You could try NetCrunch 8: http://www.adremsoft.com/netcrunch. It's got a 30-day trial, and they'll be releasing a free version in the next few months. They've also got the free NetCrunch Tools, which has 11 IP tools: http://www.adremsoft.com/netcrunch.tools/
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HospitalITGuyAuthor Commented:
Thanks Michael
I apologize for the ambiguity in the initial description.

What I'm looking for is a cable (RJ45 wire) tester or tracer to trace wire to switches, identifying the switch, IP address of switch and VLan the port the cable is plugged into belongs.

Thanks for the input
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Michael RojekCommented:
My mistake :)
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HospitalITGuyAuthor Commented:
No worries
The title should have been "Cost Effective Network Cable Tester"
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AkinsdConnect With a Mentor Network AdministratorCommented:
For the level of network detail you're looking for, you may need to procure another fluke. They have different versions not under $1,000 which will give you the level of information you're looking for.

I use the AT 1000 version
http://www.flukenetworks.com/enterprise-network/network-testing/LinkRunner-AT-Network-Auto-Tester 
Fluke
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HospitalITGuyAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys,
Nader Al-Kahtani's solution seem the best.
I installed the tool on my laptop and I can get the main information I'm looking for. Awesome!
What Akinsd described is the information I was looking for except that the price was over $100. The old Fluke we had was about $2K. $1K is about half that price but $0 suggested

Thanks everyone for your help
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HospitalITGuyAuthor Commented:
WinCDP
Thanks again guys
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