Provides a Quick and Easy View of the Small Business Network
Finding even basic information about the devices in your small business network can be difficult. Determining the IP address assigned to a particular piece of equipment can mean a search through notebooks or a nonintuitive device manager. Even finding a serial number, often needed when making a support call, can mean a trip to the equipment closet to look at the device itself.
The Cisco® FindIT Network Discovery Utility simplifies your search for this basic information by adding an intuitive toolbar to your web browser. Cisco FindIT automatically discovers select Cisco Small Business products in your network and displays the information you need for management, troubleshooting, or adding a new component to your network-such as device status, serial number, hardware or software version, and IP address. The FindIT toolbar also serves as a central point for launching Cisco network applications and for reaching Cisco for information and support.
Figure 1. Cisco FindIT Toolbar
The Cisco FindIT Network Discovery Utility includes:
• Support for Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox browsers
• Automatic discovery and display of information about select Cisco Small Business devices on the network, including device type, serial number, hardware and firmware version, and IP and/or MAC address
• An "Applications" button to launch Cisco network applications from the web browser
• A "Cisco" button with direct links to the Cisco Small Business Support Center and Support Community
• Customization options to enable partners to add links to further improve the user experience
The Cisco FindIT Network Discovery Utility will enable you to:
View basic information about devices in your network: Rolling over the device name in the list of discovered devices displays the model number, device type, basic description, firmware and hardware version, MAC address, and serial number.
View additional details and launch the device manager: Clicking on the device name in the list displays additional information, including network settings such as the IP address, gateway, and DNS information. The device manager can also be launched from within FindIT.
Launch network applications: Clicking on the "Applications" button enables you to launch Cisco Video Monitoring System software or Cisco Continuous Data Protection software from within your web browser.
Reach Cisco support: Clicking on the "Cisco" button provides direct links to the Cisco Small Business Support Center and Cisco Small Business Support Community.
Table 1 shows system requirements for the FindIT Network Discovery Utility.
Table 1. System Requirements
Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8
Mozilla Firefox 3.5
Cisco FindIT may be downloaded at no charge at http://www.cisco.com/go/findit. A current list of supported Cisco Small Business products is available in the same location.