NetScout OptiView XG Network Analysis Tablet, 1 Gbps - network tester

Mfg. Part: OPVXG | CDW Part: 4120676 | UNSPSC: 43222643
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Product Overview
Main Features
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OptiView XG is a network engineer's tablet with dedicated custom hardware for automated network and application analysis in the deployment and troubleshooting of new technologies. It's at home in the data center with support for 10 GbE and virtualized servers; at the users' office supporting 802.11n and application analysis; and with the switches and routers in between. Use it to find problems from your desk or take it - with the data it has collected - to the trouble spot for first-hand analysis. Its unique troubleshooting system is based on proactive monitoring and analysis, graphical path analysis, and application-centric analysis, which provides expert guidance that automatically identifies the root cause of problems.

Technical Specifications
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Included Qty: 2
Run Time (Up To): 2 hour(s)
Technology: Lithium ion

Environmental Parameters
Max Altitude Operating: 15090 ft
Max Operating Temperature: 86 °F
Max Storage Temperature: 140 °F
Min Operating Temperature: 50 °F
Min Storage Temperature: -40 °F

Brand: NetScout
Manufacturer: NETSCOUT
Model: XG Network Analysis Tablet, 1 Gbps
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: NetScout OptiView

Dimensions & Weight
Depth: 2 in
Height: 9.4 in
Weight: 5.51 lbs
Width: 12.4 in

Color Support: Color
Display Resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels
Features: Backlight , Touch-screen
Technology: LCD

Network Tester
Cable Types: UTP
Compliant Standards: EN 61010-1 2nd edition
Connectors: RJ-45 x 2 , SFP
Device Type: Network tester
Features: USB connectivity
Included Accessories: 2 x carrying straps , AC power adapter , Soft case , USB flash drive
Media: Copper , Fiber , Radio
Tests, Tools and Measurements: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n discovery , Network element discovery

Input Voltage: 100-240 V
Output Voltage: 19 V

Warranty: 1 year

Product Reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 6reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by OptiView XG enables us to quickly diagnose, repair and even design networks Our county has more than 110,000 residents. The county’s IT department supports every elected and appointed county entity, including courts, law enforcement, fire, public works, tax, utilities, internal administration and more. The 3,000-node wired and wireless network provides access to more than 700 users and runs a variety of specialized applications, often from small third-party vendors.With 3,000 nodes spread over a 540 square mile area, 3 data centers hosting more than 100 TB of data, more than 20 buildings with indoor wireless, 70 servers and more than 40 virtual servers, and 700 users, our network is complex. My team needed the ability to monitor, and troubleshoot on a comprehensive, network-wide basis, as well as conduct application-specific testing.In the past, our county’s IT team tried diligently to stay on top of issues by monitoring individual servers and components as often as possible, but the amount of data generated by so many network components and devices made it difficult to stay ahead with traditional tools. The sheer volume of log files from 3,000 nodes could be fairly overwhelming. Furthermore, my team was often forced to use tools on a laptop, which would require manual correlation of data, often at the packet-level.We support vital services for the county. When problems emerge, we need to quickly isolate root cause and fix the issue before they negatively impact organizations and users. Before the OptiView, we were forced to use multiple tools on several devices and manually correlate/report the results. This cycle was time consuming and taxing for our staff. We needed a solution that could consolidate functionality of other tools, fill in the gaps for tools we did not have and give us complete insight and analysis so we could quickly progress through problems, report those problems and proactively manage the network.One of the major pain points for our county’s IT staff is dealing with third-party vendors when there is a problem with an application. Since many of the applications are very industry-specific, vendors are often smaller and have limited support resources. They tend to default to blaming network or hardware issues for application problems. As a result, we often have to do their jobs for them. We needed an easy way to document and verify that the network, servers and devices were performing properly to ensure that application vendors would accept responsibility and respond to trouble tickets quickly.Having tried a number of laptop/server-based network analysis tools with limited success, we selected the OptiView XG Network Analysis Tablet. It delivers automated network and application analysis in a portable handheld solution to speed troubleshooting and give better performance insight. Much more than just a window into networks and applications, it allows users to see detailed information on specific problems, even at the packet level, and provides guided troubleshooting for remediation.A major benefit of the OptiView XG is that it allows me to better utilize my staff. I can now confidently leverage technicians with less experience and expertise to handle problems that used to require a high-level technician to diagnose, let alone remediate. In effect, the OptiView XG pushes the years of experience of a senior technician to the edge and makes my entire team more capable.We have been using the OptiView XG to both monitor the network, and to take into the field when a deeper inspection of a specific component is needed. Its combination of features, easy-to-understand insight tools and reporting capabilities has made it an indispensable solution for the team.We are now able to proactively deal with a variety of issues that we would previously have found only by going directly to a switch or from end-user reports. Now we have a corporate view of our network and we can find and fix problems before users even know they exist.The OptiView XG has made it simple to evaluate devices on the network, find rogue devices, identify the physical location of devices and retroactively document devices that hadn’t been properly documented when they were installed.As a troubleshooting tool, the OptiView XG proved its value immediately. A week after we bought the device, we used it to solve a problem we had with a state agency that had been ongoing for weeks. They believed the problem was with our network. We used the tool to capture the traffic and create a report. It took just 20 minutes for the state agency to acknowledge that the problem was on their end and accept the task of fixing it– all thanks to the OptiView.Those reporting tools have also simplified the job of managing the county’s support interactions with third party application vendors. The reporting capabilities of the device, which go down to the individual network component level, allow our IT staff to document that the network is operating properly and eliminate any doubt about the root cause of application problems.Our IT team also uses the tablet when they set up new networks. Its ability to evaluate air quality, identify potential interference issues, and evaluate open channels and spectrum availability, streamline the network deployment process.To me, one of the most valuable aspects of the XG is that it integrates 3 wireless devices, 2 x 1Gbps ports and a 10 Gbps port into one tool. You’re not going to find that kind of connectivity in a standard laptop and you won’t be able to get the same quality of analytics using software tools on a laptop, period.Each year, along with other local IT professionals, we pitch in to help a local charity upgrade its network with equipment donated from large vendors. During a recent effort for a local private Christian school, we were able to plug the XG into the school’s network — one they had never touched before — find all of the devices on the network in a matter of minutes, identify potential issues that might have hampered the installation of the donated equipment, and create a report that documented the upgraded network for the administration.I’m also impressed with intuitiveness of the OptiView XG. My staff required very little training to learn how to use it. But more importantly, with ClearSight Analyzer, the OptiView XG presents technicians with straightforward, easy-to-understand information that doesn’t require advanced skills to interpret. This allows less experienced staff to handle problems that would have previously required a more advanced technician.To a less experienced technician, packet logs can look like a lot of indecipherable data. But the OptiView XG focuses on the information that’s most needed to diagnose and fix a problem. That’s invaluable.Disclaimer: IT Central Station has made contact with the reviewer to validate that the person is a real user. The information in the posting is based upon a vendor-supplied case study, but the reviewer has confirmed the content's accuracy. August 9, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by We primarily leverage the Wi-Fi analytics software as well as the Wi-Fi survey and design software. Valuable Features:We are leveraging it with the Wi-Fi analytics software, and also Wi-Fi survey and design software. Specific to my group, we're responsible for Wi-Fi design. Those are the features that we use primarily.Improvements to My Organization:We use it for all of our predictive Wi-Fi designs. We get standards reports, so we're able to do more of the designs, more quickly, and more consistently.Room for Improvement:I know we're not using it for all of it's capabilities, but what we do use it for certainly a larger screen size would benefit us. We typically attach it to a larger external monitor to assist with that. Also, the overall weight of the product is a lot to carry around for a long period of time. Because we're typically dealing with detailed designs of building layouts, to be able to zoom in and see it would be nice. It's better if we connect it to an external projector or larger monitor.Use of Solution:2 yearsStability Issues:NoTechnical Support:It's been excellent.Not that we've had any issues with the OptiView, but where we've used support, they've been good with communicating what the process is to get things upgraded and the timeliness when we send it back for upgrades. Certainly the ease of doing that.Previous Solutions:We had not been using a different solution previously and when we looked at this product, we were looking at both the combined analyzer as well as something that was running the design software packages.Initial Setup:Very straight forward. Pretty much everything came pre-installed and ready to use. There was very little customization and configuration that we needed to do with it.Other Advice:I think it's a niche product. It isn't something that's easily used on a daily basis by a large number of people. It is rather expensive, so it isn't something that we can support a large number of.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor. July 12, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Layer 2 trace routing, among other wireless features, allows us to tune our networks as we haven't been able to before. Valuable Features:All the wireless features are valuable. Also, the Layer 2 trace routing is pretty valuable. In general, it's a very nice product, works well, and it does what they say.Improvements to My Organization:It allows us to tune our wireless networks in a way that's never been done before.Room for Improvement:I've not used it long enough to determine this.Use of Solution:We've been using this model since April, and it was an upgrade from the previous model.Deployment Issues:No issues encountered.Stability Issues:No issues encountered.Scalability Issues:No issues encountered.Customer Service:10/10.Technical Support:10/10.Previous Solutions:We just upgraded from Fluke's previous model.Initial Setup:It was a little complex due to the licensing.Implementation Team:We implemented it in-house.ROI:We haven't calculated it.Other Solutions Considered:No other solutions were evaluated.Other Advice:I would recommend the device.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor. July 28, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by The product has helped with troubleshooting and has simplified the way the organization functions. Valuable Features:* Interface* Ease of useImprovements to My Organization:It has helped with troubleshooting and has simplified the way the organization functions.Room for Improvement:None.Use of Solution:I've been using it for a year, on and off.Deployment Issues:We didn't have any issues with deployment.Stability Issues:We didn't have any issues with stability.Scalability Issues:We didn't have any issues with scalability.Customer Service:9/10Technical Support:9/10Previous Solutions:No, this is the first monitoring solution we've used.Initial Setup:It was straightforward.Implementation Team:It was implemented through our in-house team.Other Solutions Considered:No, this was the only solution we considered.Other Advice:I would recommend trying it out first and making sure it fits your needs.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor. June 23, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Helps us troubleshoot problems faster than we would normally be able to. Valuable Features:It's too soon to tell.Improvements to My Organization:OptiView XG helps us troubleshoot problems faster than we would normally be able to.Use of Solution:We've been using the solution for about 2-3 months.Deployment Issues:We didn't have any issues with deployment.Stability Issues:We didn't have any issues with stability.Scalability Issues:We didn't have any issues with scalability.Customer Service:I would give it a 9. It's Fantastic.Technical Support:I've never had to use it.Previous Solutions:We used an earlier version of Optiview and we switched as an upgrade to the solution.Initial Setup:The initial setup was straightforward and simple.Implementation Team:It was implemented through a vendor team who were excellent. I would give them a 9/10.Cost and Licensing Advice:I have no advice as licensing and purchase were not an issue for us.Other Solutions Considered:We didn't evaluate any other solutions.Other Advice:You can't go wrong with it!Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor. June 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Complete, small, portable and has the power to solve several kinds of problems which makes it a fundamental tool for us. Valuable Features:For me, it's the clearsight, the possibility to capture and see clearly what is occurring is fantastic. Previously, I would spend hours and hours checking the flow of traffic using Wireshark for example.Improvements to My Organization:I work for a Cisco partner company and and a certain part of the demand of our customers is characterized in troubleshooting of their networks. We always use the OptiView XG to detect failure points on the network of our customers, because it is fast to identify problems. We've solved problems involving spanning tree, duplicity mac address, timeouts for databases, delay and latency and so on, all this using the OptiView XG.Room for Improvement:I think that the discovery of a network can be improved if the OptiView would recognize more kinds of devices independent of the manufacturer.Use of Solution:I used it for less than one year, but it was enough to see how powerful the OptiView XG is.Deployment Issues:No, deployment has always been easy. I never had any issue with it.Stability Issues:No, the device always was very stable.Scalability Issues:No, we were able to use the OptiView for small businesses and large companies.Previous Solutions:My company always used the OptiView XG.Implementation Team:I only did implementations through a vendor team and their level of expertise was good.ROI:Time: we used to spend days with a lot of IT workers from different areas. This time spent was reduced by hours. We're able to find the problem and hand it over to the responsible team solve it.Cost and Licensing Advice:It was easy, as I mentioned earlier, we only need to understand the problem of the customer and we then define an action plan, in other words where to put the OptiView XG, what devices we need to pay attention to.Other Solutions Considered:Well, Wireshark for example, but the problem was that we needed to understand a lot of the customer's topology and to mitigate and analyse the errors which was a waste of time.Other Advice:With this product there is no longer a need to spend hours and hours solving problems related to networks. You can get a report on the origin of the problem and deliver it to the responsible team to solve it.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. August 25, 2014
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