To catch you up, I came into MFD3 less enthusiastic than most regarding Netscout and their lineup of handheld network tools. With that said, I took notice in 2017 at MFD2 that the company was paying attention to feedback and looking for suggestions on how to improve their product offerings.
One of those improvements for MFD3 was a further expansion of the capabilities of Link-Live.
Link-Live has matured into a tool for consolidating all of your test results AND managing the tools at your disposal.
Many of these updates were covered in the LinkRunner and AirCheck updates, but bear repeating:
- AirCheck software updates
- AirCheck G2 Profile sharing
- Packet capture sharing
- Simplified App search for the LinkRunner G2
- Files Folder – There is a lot more available that can be uploaded and saved to a project folder
- Full AutoTest results
The most significant aspect of the Link-Live updates is a clear direction to make the LinkRunner and AirCheck entirely manageable without a Windows PC. This is a substantial shift from the past, and I am very excited to see it taking place because I stay away from Windows as much as possible.
So, the ultimate question, does the updates to the AirCheck G2 and LinkRunner G2, along with the new features of Link-Live make me change my opinion? Do I now see the ROI? Would I spend my budget, either personal or business on either tool?
The answer is “yes” to all of the above. With the divestiture of the handheld tools from Netscout into its own company, I expect the future to be bright. I think we will continue to see updates, new use cases, and great support. The handheld network tools team has won me over, and I’m happy to change my previous opinion. I will acquire both tools over the coming months for my personal toolkit, as I know my employer doesn’t have the budget. I don’t think there is more to say.