Fluke Networks unveils CableIQ Qualification Tester
Fluke Networks today announced the availability of the new CableIQ Qualification Tester, the first cabling bandwidth tester for network technicians.
The handheld tool is designed to show network technicians what speeds existing cabling can support and helps those technicians quickly solve network connectivity problems.
Qualification is a new category of testers in the industry that meets the emerging needs of network technicians. In contrast to certification testers, which guarantee cabling installations comply to TIA/ISO performance standards, and verification testers, which test if the cable is connected correctly, qualification testers determine if an existing cabling link can support certain network speeds and technologies.
CableIQ's qualification test helps techs troubleshoot connectivity problems, deploy new technologies like VoIP and upgrade to network to higher speeds. The qualification test determines if existing cabling can support 10Base-T, 100Base-TX, VoIP, and Gigabit Ethernet. Its ability to see cabling bandwidth, coupled with device speed and duplex detection, allows techs to isolate bandwidth-related cabling problems from network problems.
When problems are determined to be cabling related, technicians can use CableIQ's diagnostics to locate performance faults. The result is faster problem resolution, fewer escalated trouble tickets and seamless upgrades to higher network speeds.
CableIQ also identifies what is at the far end of any cabling link with infrastructure discovery. This allows the technician to see whether the port is connected to a switch, a PC, an analog phone line or an open cable, as well as verify device speed and duplex settings. Technicians can use the discovery mode to quickly map out their cabling infrastructures, verify moves, adds and changes, and improve switch utilization by freeing up and redeploying unused ports. All these tests can be done while the network is live.
CableIQ's intelligent wiremap graphically maps the cable's wiring configuration and shows the distance to opens and shorts to isolate faults easier. CableIQ will show which wire is open, and at what distance from the tester. In addition, CableIQ's remote ID accessories show the user, simultaneously, both the office location and the wiremap to that office.
The tester uses IntelliTone digital signaling technology to precisely locate cables on both passive and active networks in even the most chaotic wiring closet. CableIQ generates both digital and analog tones for use with Fluke Networks' IntelliTone Probe.