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Top five network management tips of '05

Maintaining, managing and improving your networks and systems is becoming increasing important as our networks get more complex. Our network management tips provide technical hints and expert advice to ensure your networks and systems are performing at their peak. Here we present you with our top five network management tips of the year. These are the tips that our readers found most useful, most helpful and most interesting in 2005.

Maintaining, managing and improving your networks and systems is becoming increasing important as our networks get more complex. Our network management tips provide technical hints and expert advice to ensure your networks and systems are performing at their peak.

Here we present you with our top five network management tips of the year. These are the tips that our readers found most useful, most helpful and most interesting in 2005.

  1. What Ping doesn't tell you
    Ping distinguishes certain states of network functionality that are the cornerstones of everyday network troubleshooting. Learn how to gain greater insight into your network.

  2. Invisible traffic that steals bandwidth
    Your application may be acting like the network is busy though you know it is empty. Response is slow, the updates are jerky, there are episodes of momentary hang-up -- and yet the counters at the switch show few packets are in transit. In that case, your network may be experiencing "phantom traffic." Sound mysterious? It's not. Read more...

  3. Bandwidth is a misnomer
    Loki Jorgenson narrows in on defining bandwidth and reveals what you need to know in order to measure it properly.

  4. IPv6 addresses
    Predictions of the date when the current IPv4 32 bit address space will be exhausted have turned out to be premature, but the rapid proliferation of Internet connected devices such as cell phones and PDAs have accelerated the need for the transition to IPv6. Don't be caught lagging; check out this primer on IPv6 addresses.

  5. Top 10 ways to optimize network performance
    New standards and devices are making networks go faster than ever. Learn the best ways to take advantage of them, saving your company time and money. SearchNetworking.com expert Carrie Higbie shares her top ten ways to optimize network performance.

Visit our networking management tip index for a complete view of 2005 features.

This was last published in December 2005

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