LANdecoder32 – Product Upgrade


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Product Overview - LANdecoder32 Version 3.5

sm_ld32_20.gif (3995 bytes)Since its inception in 1989, Triticom's strategy has been to provide the most functionality for the lowest cost in the software-based network analysis tool market. We are constantly improving our products through periodic upgrades that add more functions and greater utility. Triticom is proud to announce the Version 3.5 upgrade to our award winning LANdecoder32 network analysis product. The following new features have been added:

  • Enhanced Wireless Network Support:  A new (abstract) Wireless frame header is defined, which allows for better decoding and simpler capture and filtering based on Wireless frame characteristics.  A new Wireless Channel Statistics window, combined with a new Wireless Channel Scanning capability allows for simpler discovery and monitoring of the wireless networks in your environment.  You can also now change the Wireless channel being monitored without closing and re-opening the adapter.  The ability to decrypt Wireless frames which employ WEP encryption has also been added.
  • AccuCapture driver support has been added for LinkSys LNE100TX (v5.1) PCI Ethernet adapter; LinkSys PCMPC200 (v2) and PCM200 (v2) CardBus Ethernet adapters.
  • Stability improvements related to long-term monitoring operation (days/weeks) and continuous DNS name lookup are also included.

The following features were added with release of v3.4:

  • A new AccuCapture driver provides support for Cisco AIR-PCM350 Series and Xircom CWE1100 Series 802.11b adapters. This allows for monitoring/capture of 802.11 MAC frame data in its native mode. Previously, 802.11 networks have only been able to be monitored using NDIS drivers which provide emulated Ethernet/802.3 operation and mask all details of underlying 802.11 operations.
  • New protocol decodes for 802.11/WIFI, 802.1q, ICQ, and IPsec.
  • Improved frame decoding efficiency. Depending upon the contents of a trace file, decode time may be improved by as much as 50%.
  • Enhanced protocol decodes for DHCP, BOOTP, ARP, DNS, and SNMP.
  • Removed limitation of 256 files in "Capture to File" operation. Now up to 65535 files may be handled.
  • Alarm messages and notifications are now timestamped and logged.

The following features were added with releases 3.2 and 3.3 of LANdecoder32:

  • New "Expert" modes for IP: Time-to-Live Expiring, Source Address is Broadcast, Zero Broadcast Address. New "Expert" modes for TCP: Ack Number Decreasing, Window Size Exceeded, Ack Too Long, Idle Too Long, Slow Server.
  • New protocol decodes for Cisco protocols HSRP, RSRB, CGMP, MSDP, CDP, VTP, EIGRP, ISL, GDP, RUDP, LDP, PIM/SM, and PIM-DM.
  • New protocol decodes for IETF protocols L2F, BGP4, CBT, MPLS, IGMP, DVMRP, and RSVP.
  • New support for user-configurable memory usage in local NDIS and AccuCapture drivers. User's can now determine how many items should be allocated for the Host, Conversation, High-Level Host and High-Level Conversation functions of the local drivers.
  • Greatly improved efficiency for maintaining and displaying host/conversation data where thousands of hosts/conversations are displayed. Many of the substantive changes added in LANdecoder32 v3.3 make long-term, historical monitoring of large or busy networks easier and more efficient.
  • LANdecoder32's driver architecture has been completely redesigned to simplify installation and usage, and to support the wide range of Windows operating system environments. Full support for Windows 2000 and Windows Millenium Edition (ME), including Plug-and-Play AccuCapture drivers has been added. NDIS drivers load and unload dynamically, so that no separate NDIS installation step is required, and there is no need to re-boot after LANdecoder32 installation. Installing and using LANdecoder32 is now easier than ever before.
  • Decode Server/Client - a completely new addition to LANdecoder32 which supports web-based trace viewing. A Java-based client communicates with a server process running on the machine where LANdecoder32 is installed .
  • Completely revised SNMP decode, which recognizes and decodes by name the Object Identifiers (OIDs) of over 1000 SNMP-manageable objects.
  • Top 10 Graphs have been extended and improved, with full support for Top 10 "Conversation" graphs at both the MAC layer and Higher-Level protocol layers.
  • New AccuCapture driver support for Xircom's RealPort2 CardBus Ethernet 10/100 (R2BE-100) adapters.

With the features added in V3.5, the industry leading LANdecoder32 has raised the bar again in the software-based, network analysis tool market.

LANdecoder32 V3.5 is available now for shipment. Contact Triticom Sales at (952) 829-8019 or use the Contact Us page to send us an email.

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Product Specifications

LANdecoder32

LAN Protocol Analyzer & Traffic Monitor

VERSION 3.5

Triticom adds a new term to the LAN administrator’s vocabulary:

LANdecoder32 noun: 1. a  protocol analyzer designed for Windows™ containing capabilities to not only perform protocol analysis, but also to monitor traffic, 2. software that can operate on Ethernet (10 Mbps and 100 Mbps) and Token-Ring (4 Mbps and 16 Mbps) networks, 3. technology that provides state-of-the-art on-line help with protocol examples; verb: 1. analyzes custom decodes and over 120 protocols that use either local network attachment or distributed RMON probe technology, 2. provides expert analysis of your network, 3. traps user set exceptions and thresholds; adj: 1. THE VERY BEST!

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

  • Microsoft Windows 9X, ME, 2000, or XP
  • Minimum of 64 MB of RAM
  • 166 Mhz Pentium
  • One supported Ethernet or Wireless adapter, or a compatible NIC that supports a promiscuous NDIS driver, including CardBus and WIN9X PPP adapters
  • Remote monitoring with RMON probes requires a Windows socket (Winsock) v1.1 installed on the LANdecoder32 PC along with TCP/IP connectivity to the RMON probe(s)

SYSTEM RECOMMENDATIONS

  • 233 Mhz Pentium-II processor
  • 128 MB of RAM
  • Monitor resolution of 800 x 600 or higher

TOPOLOGY SUPPORT

  • 10 Mbps Ethernet
  • 100 Mbps Ethernet
  • 4 Mbps Token-Ring
  • 16 Mbps Token-Ring
  • 802.11b Wireless
  • PPP/WAN

MONITORING INTERFACES

Local: Collect statistics and frames from the network to which the LANdecoder32 is attached. There are two separate methods to perform local monitoring/analysis: Microsoft’s NDIS drivers and Triticom’s AccuCapture™ Drivers. The NDIS drivers allow you to use the same adapter simultaneously for network monitoring operations while talking with file servers, other workgroup computers, and even remote RMON probes. For maximum performance and high-fidelity error and statistic reporting, we recommend installing a supported adapter which is dedicated to LANdecoder32 using the AccuCapture Driver. Triticom designed its direct-to-the-adapter AccuCapture Drivers with the sole purpose of streamlining and optimizing Ethernet network monitoring and frame capture under Windows 9X. Full support is provided for Win 2000, CardBus cards including Plug-and-Play.

Remote: Collect statistics and frames from any industry standard RMON probes attached to the network. LANdecoder32 maintains communications with the RMON probe so that network statistics can be updated and viewed on your computer.

PROTOCOL DECODES WITH "EXPERT ANALYSIS"

Integrating technology from our other award-winning products, LANdecoder32 contains detailed 7-layer OSI, color-coded decodes. Expert analysis is focused on TCP connection, IP addressing, NCP transactions, and IPX addressing problems. A comprehensive list of filters and triggers is available for pre-packet and post-packet capture analysis. These include frame content, station, pattern, protocol, hex, and ASCII filters. Filters can be easily configured using LANdecoder32’s drag and drop support. Sources/Destinations/Conversations windows operate at IP and IPX as well as at the MAC level.  An SNMP decode structure fully decodes over 1,000 SNMP objects.   Included in this release are new protocol decodes for 802.11/WiFi, 802.1q, ICQ, and IPsec along with enhanced protocol decodes for DHCP, BOOTP, ARP, DNS and SNMP.

DECODE SERVER/CLIENT

Supports web-based trace viewing via a Java-based client running in the host machine. This allows remote users to view captured data over the WWW.

TRAFFIC MONITORING

LANdecoder32 features sophisticated traffic monitoring functions on top of the excellent protocol decodes. A robust set of reports can be generated at user-specified time intervals and exported and studied in popular spreadsheet applications. Several real-time displays, graphs, and network alarms can be configured. Additionally, remote alarm notification via pager or e-mail is available.  Alarm messages and notifications are now time-stamped and logged.

 

 

Displays Graphs Top10 Alarms Reports Browser
Traffic Rate X X X X X
Summary X X X X
Errors X X X X X
Frame Size X X X X
Sources X X X X
Destinations X X X X
Conversations X X X X
Ring Topology X X X
Probe Info X X X
Utilization X X X X X
Kbytes X X X X X
Broadcasts X X X X X
Multicasts X X X X X
Protocol Dist. X X X X
Intruder Station X
Source=Broadcast X

 

VIEW NETWORK HEALTH STATISTICS VIA WEB BROWSER

By properly configuring a WWW server, and then saving Web Export reports to that server, network statistics may be viewed using a Web browser. This is accomplished using Triticom’s WWW Report Viewer HTML pages and Java applets, which are included with LANdecoder32.

FRAME TRANSMITTER

Define a frame to be transmitted one or more times over the network. This is especially useful for inducing traffic loads on the LAN in order to check performance and error levels. The frame contents can be specified using LANdecoder32’s drag and drop features.

ADDITIONAL DRIVER SUPPORT INFORMATION

NDIS is supported transparently by dynamic loading of adapter drivers as required. No special configuration or installation steps are required, and no knowledge of adapter hardware settings and resources is needed.

Triticom’s AccuCapture Drivers provide benefits over NDIS drivers that are summarized below:

  • Consistent error reporting. Six distinct classes of error frames are detected and reported.
  • Capture of error frames. Unlike NDIS, frames with low-level errors (such as Checksum errors) can be captured by LANdecoder32 using AccuCapture Drivers.
  • Consistent performance under heavy loads. AccuCapture Drivers are designed specifically to support the operations required for network traffic monitoring and frame capture with the highest possible level of performance. If network loads do surpass the capabilities of your adapter/machine, the fact that frames are being dropped is accurately reported.
  • No other drivers are required. Triticom’s AccuCapture Drivers require no other vendor-supplied software. They interface directly with the underlying network adapter hardware for maximum performance.
  • Operate as Plug-and Play devices.

PROTOCOL DECODE EXTENSION LIBRARY

A software development kit (SDK) is included which allows you to "add-on" specialized or custom protocol decodes.

DETAILED ON-LINE HELP

LANdecoder32’s on-line help system sets the standard for state-of-the-art protocol analyzer help systems. Each decoded protocol has available (by simply pressing F1) an explanation of the protocol, an example of the protocol decode, and a detailed explanation of the protocol fields and their allowable values.

DESIGNED FOR WINDOWS 9X/2000/XP

Triticom has chosen the advanced Windows operating system from Microsoft as its network management platform. The reason for this choice is simple economics. Instead of the high cost management platforms promoted by competitors such as HP and IBM, Windows 9X/2000/XP is readily available and convenient to use. This means managing your network does not require that you first learn a "platform" and then learn to operate your management system or protocol analyzer. Further, in many cases using our competitors products—such as OpenView, NetView, or SystemView—your total solution cost is dominated by the platform cost rather than the management application cost.

WORLD-CLASS PERFORMANCE

Complex networks require flexible tools. A wide variety of network interfacing options are critical for monitoring and management products. LANdecoder32 supports two distinct ways to monitor traffic and protocols on a network segment: remote and local. Further, LANdecoder32 supports multiple local interfaces.

LANdecoder32 Decodable Protocols

LANdecoder32 contains full 7-layer OSI, color-coded decode support for the following protocols and protocol suites:

Ethernet

IEEE 802.3
IEEE 802.1d
IEEE LLC

Token-Ring

IEEE 802.5
IEEE 802.LLC

Wireless

802.11b 802.11/WiFi

TCP/IP

DNS
SMTP
NTP
BGP4
DHCP
IGMP
IGRP
RIP2
XOT
Ipv6
UDP
ICMP
TCP
TFTP
FTP
Telnet
ARP
RARP
IRC
HTTP 1.1
NNTP
POP3
JAVA
OSPF
BOOTP
NETBIOS
PMAP
LDAP
IMAP
DLSw
DRAP
L2F
BGP4
CBT
MPLS
DVMRP
RSVP
IPsec
ICQ

Novell

IPX
RIP
Error
Echo
PEP
SPX
SAP
NETBIOS
SPP
Lite
NCP
NLSP
NDS

Apple/Apple Talk

AARP
DDP
RTMP
AEP
ATP
NBP
ADSP
ZIP
ASP
PAP
AFP

Banyan Vines

ARP
IP
RTP
PC
ICP
RPC
SMB
V-MAIL

DECnet PhaseIV

DRP
NSP
SCP
SMB

Microsoft/IBM

SMB
NetBIOS
NetBIOS over IP
NETBEUI
NMPI

Sun Microsystems

YP
RPC
Mount
NFS

ISO

8473 CLNP
8073
8027
ES-IS
IS-IS

DEC LAT

PPP

Voiceover IP/Multicast (H.323)

RTP
Q.931
Q.932
RTCP
SIP
SDP
SAP
H.235
H.225
Q.9UUIE

RUNIX

Rsh
Rexec
rlogin
rwho
rshel

SNMP

MIB-II
IP Forward MIB
Bridge MIB
Source Route MIB
RMON MIB
TR-RMON MIB
RMON-2 MIB
SNMPv2 MIB

X Windows

X11 R5

SNA

GGP

EGP

Cisco

HSRP
RSRB
CGMP
MSDP
CDP
VTP
EIGRP
ISL
GDP
RUDP
LDP
PIM/SM
PIM-DM

802.1q

You can count on Triticom to deliver high-performance, high-function, low-cost network management solutions. In addition, Triticom products are all available individually. You only buy what you need today.

PRICING

Updated pricing is available, see our Pricing section on this web site. Prices includes a user’s manual and software on CD-ROM media.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Triticom
9977 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Voice: 952-829-8019
Fax: 952-829-5871
Internet: Contact Us

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