First Cabling Bandwidth Tester for Network Technicians
As an IT professional, you have a tough balancing act. You’re an on-the-spot problem solver. And you’ve got your eye on future enhancements, seamlessly upgrading the network to higher speeds, while optimizing the current infrastructure. All this without adding staff and while working with smaller budgets.
That’s why Fluke Networks designed CableIQ – an easy-to-use cable troubleshooting and bandwidth qualification tester specifically for network technicians. It has all the power you need to see whether your cable is qualified to support 10/100, VoIP or Gigabit Ethernet and quickly solve network connectivity problems in one intuitive, handheld tool.
CableIQ is the first cabling tool designed for network technicians who need to troubleshoot and qualify cabling bandwidth. It gives even the most novice tech vision to see what speeds existing cabling can support, quickly isolate cabling from network problems, and discover what is at the far end of any cable. That means network techs can close trouble tickets faster, reduce on-call time, and save money by better utilizing their existing infrastructure.
CableIQ’s powerful troubleshooting capability and intuitive interface enable frontline technicians to identify and troubleshoot a wider range of infrastructure problems. Is the port active? Are the duplex settings matched? Is it a network problem or a cable problem? Can the cable support the required network bandwidth? CableIQ is the only tool that can answer all these questions before trouble tickets are escalated to the next level.
CableIQ shows you whether your cabling is qualified to support the network’s required bandwidth, and provides detailed information on the nature and location of cabling performance faults. Intelligent wiremap graphically displays the cable‘s wiring configuration, and shows the distance to opens and shorts. Advanced diagnostics also identifies and locates non-wiremap related connection faults, such as crosstalk or large impedance changes. Built-in IntelliTone digital technology allows you to tone and trace without disconnecting from the network. With CableIQ, your techs can close trouble tickets faster by cutting cable troubleshooting time in half.
When you deploy Voice over IP VoIP or Gigabit Ethernet, you want to make sure the existing cabling will support the bandwidth requirements of your new equipment. Your cabling was certified, but moves adds and changes have rendered many links incapable of running desired speeds. CableIQ quickly reveals whether a link, including patch cords, is qualified for voice, 10/100BASE-T, VoIP, or Gig. Knowing your cabling‘s bandwidth capabilities before upgrading can prevent countless hours of future downtime and labor hours wasted on unnecessary troubleshooting.
Choosing the Right Tool for the Job
When to use a qualification tester: If you are a network technician, and need to see whether the existing cabling will support your 1000BASE-T network, a qualification tool is the right choice. If you need to troubleshoot connectivity problems and isolate cabling problems from network problems, then qualification is the perfect solution. If you have an existing network and are doing small adds, moves, and changes, or are setting up a temporary network and just need to qualify it for a specific network technology, a qualification tool is a good option.
When to use a certification tester: If you’re a commercial installer or network owner who needs to prove that all cabling has been installed correctly, and meets TIA or ISO link specifications, you must certify it. If you are in a troubleshooting environment, and need to show unequivocally that the link under test is failing category 5e or 6 performance requirements according to TIA or ISO standards, your only choice is a certification tool. If you have a mixture of fiber and copper cabling, and often need to test both, cable certification tools do that best.
To receive the support and financial security of a manufacturer’s warranty, certification to TIA/ISO standards is your only option. Anything else makes the installer liable for the performance of the installation which can be quite costly. For example, a large 1000 link installation could represent a $100,000 USD project, which can be a hefty liability if manufacturer warranty is not obtained.
When to use a verification tool: Verification tools are typically used by any technician who pulls and terminates cable or performs basic moves, adds and changes. These tools are used as a first line of defense in finding connection and wire-pairing faults.
|Pro 3000f||Intellitone Pro||MicroMapper||TS100||MicroSanner
|Port Information and Cable ID|
|PoE Power Class 0-8||✔|
|Analog Toning||Noise Filtering||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|VDV Service Detection||✔||✔|
|Qualified Cabling Speed 10/100/1000/VoIP||✔||✔|
Cat 6, 6A, 8, Fiber
|Distance to open/short||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Locate crosstalk fault||✔|
|Identify and locate impedance fault||✔|
|CableIQ™ Qualification Tester Specifications|
|Cable types supported||UTP, STP, FTP, SSTP, RG6, RG59, audio and security|
|Qualification autotests||1000BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 10BASE-T, VoIP, 1394b S100, TELCO, Wiremap only, Coax|
|Supported tests||Wiremap, length, cable signal performance, digital toner, analog toner, Ethernet port detection and identification, analog telephone detection, blink port light, continuity, speaker test, cable fault finding, video signal detection.|
|Wiremap||Can detect single wire faults and supports MultiMap mode with up to seven remote office identifiers. Draws proportional wire length to breaks. Detects split pairs.|
|Find fault||Measures crosstalk and impedance and compares against appropriate limits based on qualification test selected. Detects location of large point sources as well as distributed sources in the cabling if they are sufficient to disqualify the application|
|Results storage||Up to 250 qualification test results|
|Power||Battery type: 4 AA NEDA 15A, IEC LR6 alkaline batteries|
|Battery life||20 hours of typical use, without backlight|
|Other battery types supported||4AA photo lithium, NIHM, NICAD|
|Dimensions and weight||7in x 3.5in x 1.75in 17.8cm x 8.9cm x 4.5cm 1.2 lb 0.55 kg|
Test Equipment General Attributes
|Product Height||4.20 IN|
|Product Length||10.45 IN|
|Product Width||7.50 IN|
|HTS/Schedule B Number||9030.33.3400|
|Country of Origin||China|
|Shipping Height||4.20 IN|
|Shipping Length||10.45 IN|
|Shipping Width||7.50 IN|