Importance of Automated Network Connectivity Testing
Paramount to the deployment of any type of network-connected device is validating link and network services from the point where end devices connect to the network. By automating those many tests in a simple but complete AutoTest, instead of requiring specialized expertise to understand the many underlying elements of network connectivity, even the least experienced technician can execute the test.
AutoTest performs a default set of key network connectivity tests in seconds, providing a standardized test process that enables technicians to quickly and accurately identify if the problem is in the connected device, the network, or lack of proper PoE being supplied to the RJ-45 jack.
Standard AutoTest includes:
- TruePower™ PoE Class 0-4, UPOE
- Link speed/duplex
- Nearest switch including slot/port/VLAN/Voice VLAN
- DHCP IP Address assignment
- DNS Validation
- Gateway Router Validation
- Reachability to target resource (I.E. Internet)
When customization of the AutoTest is needed, profiles can be defined to ensure a standardized test process is executed when variables about the link under test are needed. While these settings can be easily changed in use, profiles can be configured by a senior team member to ensure less-skilled technicians are executing an AutoTest that is specific to their network environment, which is particularly useful in organizations who manage distributed locations.
- Site-specific PoE configuration
- 1000BASE-T validation
- 802.1x authentication
- DHCP/Static IP
- Proxy settings
- VLAN ID and Priority
- User-defined MAC
- Up to 10 custom-defined ping or TCP port open targets
At the completion of each AutoTest, the result is automatically uploaded into the included Link-Live results management and reporting database and sent to any number of recipients via email. Users have the ability to add additional information that will append to the link test either directly from LinkRunner G2 or through email.
Examples of useful information to document with the AutoTest result:
- Trouble ticket number
- Jack location
- Use the on-board camera along with an Android app to scan a QR/Barcode
- Attach a photo of a serial number, asset tag or just proof of device install