If you’re a geek or nerd worth the salt in your bread, you’ve no doubt heard of Fluke. They make those easily recognizable yellow digital multimeters that I used to see on every workbench when I worked at Cummins Electronics back in the day. Their newest tool is a small network tester called the LinkSprinter 200. It retains Fluke’s iconic rugged yellow housing, but offers some up to date tech bells and whistles that will make IT guys want one for their tool box or pocket. This small handheld network trouble shooting tool is powered by 2 AA batteries and has one button for foolproof testing. Just turn it on, plug an Ethernet cable into the jack built into the LinkSprinter and the panel of LEDs that light up in either green, yellow or red to show the status for internet connectivity, gateway, DHCP, cable connectivity and Power over the Internet status.
The LinkSprinter has a built-in Wi-Fi access point that will allow you to use your phone or tablet’s web browser to display detailed test results in real time. The LinkSprinter cloud service will upload each set of test results to the cloud where you can access them via your desktop browser or via emails which are sent to you automatically with the results. The cloud service is free for the first 120 days. After that, 10 tests per month are included per tester. Additional tests may be purchased in 100 or 1000 packs for pennies per test. Test packs can be shared across an organization. You can buy the LinkSprinter 200 for $299. For more info or to order, visit LinkSprinter.com