Plan to purchase a network troubleshooting tool. This tool is one of the more popular brands on the market. It is the inline version. Our company is using a Cisco switch network environment. Our switches are configured for port security using “Sticky Macs” with a maximum of 2 addresses allowed. One for computers and the second for IP phones.
My question is are these inline testers useful or useless in a Cisco port security network. I have been told that these type testers have MAC addresses that will “trip” port security and render the tester virtually useless. My main purpose for inquiring about this tester is when I attempt to trace cables runs to identify and display what interface the cable is connected to on the switch.
Also, another issue is, that because some of these switch are configured with port security and ACL list, the port under investigation may be “ shut down or inactive”. Will this popular network tester indentify and locate interfaces on the switch that are INACTIVE?
The cable run from the patch panel to the switches in out closets are a complete mess!
It looks like a giant plate of spaghetti!!! I am quite sure you know what I am talking about!
As a result it is very difficult to trace the Ethernet patch cable “all the way” to the end point on the switch panel. Most times I have to take an educated guess when trying “see” where exactly the cable goes into the interface.
And finally, is there a network tool on the market that will,do what I need it to do and not cost me and arm and a leg?