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Fluke Network Inspector Version 4.0 Adds Network Diagramming Capability with Visio Enterprise 2000

Network Management Software Package Now Combines with Popular Visio Diagramming and Documenting Program to Quickly Discover, Monitor and Map Network Devices, Even in Switched Environments

EVERETT, Wash. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — Sept. 13, 1999 — Fluke Corporation, a leading provider of products and related services for the installation, monitoring and maintenance of communications networks today announced Fluke Network Inspector version 4.0.

This latest version of Fluke's powerful, award winning network management software now works with Visio Enterprise 2000 adding diagramming capability to Network Inspector's fast, complete device discovery and monitoring functions to provide IT professionals with enhanced network visibility, even in complex, switched environments.

"The pervasiveness of switching has made gaining network visibility and gathering critical device information a difficult undertaking for IT professionals," said Mark Mullins, marketing manager for Fluke Networks' NetTest Group. "The combination of Network Inspector's fast device discovery and continuous monitoring for changes or errors, and Visio Enterprise's diagramming capability make a compelling combination for engineers who are tasked with maintaining switched enterprise networks."

"We are proud to partner with Fluke in this endeavor," said Michael Gelon, director of Platform Marketing for Visio. "Visio is the recognized leader and the de facto standard in network diagramming and documentation. Combining our expertise with Fluke's network troubleshooting and problem identification capabilities make this a compelling solution for monitoring and troubleshooting switched networks."

Network Inspector version 4.0 also adds a notification function, which will e-mail the engineer when a pre-set performance threshold for utilization, collisions, errors or broadcasts has been exceeded.

About Network Inspector Network Management Software

Fluke Network Inspector network management software actively monitors and diagnoses problems in TCP/IP, IPX(r), and NetBIOS(r) environments. Designed for Switched Ethernet LANs, Fluke Network Inspector quickly identifies whether the problems lie on the server, client, switch, router, or printer through its 10-minute-or-less discovery and clear presentation of information. Network Inspector also provides web-based inventory of all devices and the services they provide for IP, IPX, or NetBIOS networks.

Switch Inspector, a new plug-in for Network Inspector, continuously monitors all SNMP and RMON devices to show utilization, errors, collisions and broadcasts on every port and interface on these devices over one hour and twenty-four hours. Switch Inspector enables users to run web-based reports on the top ports in use on the network, the devices connected to these ports, and individual switch performance by port.

About Visio Enterprise

Visio 2000 Enterprise Edition provides powerful design and documentation tools for IT specialists who develop and maintain networks, databases, and software applications. Automatically discover network devices for layer 2 (data link), layer 3 (IP network), and frame relay network environments using SNMP-based AutoDiscovery technology. Then generate detailed network diagrams instantly using more than 18,000 manufacturer-specific Visio Network Equipment shapes and new AutoLayout technology. Visio 2000 Enterprise Edition is the ideal tool for designing and documenting the LANs, WANs, wiring closets, and directory structures of an enterprise network. Visio 2000 Enterprise Edition is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 1999. See for more information.

Network Inspector Version 4.0 is available October 29, 1999, starting at $3995 U.S. list from or from authorized Fluke representatives. Purchasers of Network Inspector before October 29, 1999 will receive a free upgrade to version 4.0. For more information, contact Fluke at 888/401-0680, e-mail or visit the company's website at

Fluke Corporation is a world leader in compact, professional electronic test tools. Fluke customers are technicians, engineers, electricians and metrologists who install, troubleshoot, and manage communications networks; industrial electronics and electrical equipment; and calibration processes for quality control. Fluke is also the official supplier of electronic test tools to the NHRA. With over 2,100 employees, Fluke distributes its products in over 100 countries. The company's worldwide headquarters are in Everett, WA, USA, with European sales and service headquarters located in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.