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Fluke releases new test adapter for Cat 5e/6 patch and equipment cords

Fluke Networks Canada yesterday released a new patch cord testing capability for its DSP-4000 Series CableAnalyzer...


December 4, 2002  


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Fluke Networks Canada yesterday released a new patch cord testing capability for its DSP-4000 Series CableAnalyzer line. Recommended for both installers and manufacturers, the DSP Patch Cord Test Adapter certifies and documents the transmission performance specifications of patch cords as specified by the TIA/EIA 568 B.

“Patch cords and equipment cords can have a very significant impact on the performance of the end-to-end cabling link or channel,” said Brad Masterson, product manager at Fluke Networks Canada. “Unfortunately, patch cords are often the neglected element in premise wiring installations. They are purchased separately and not always subject to the same stringent testing requirements as the permanent cabling.

“It’s not uncommon for an installer to add a patch cord months or years after the initial installation and then only test for wiremap, which doesn’t ensure if the cord has the necessary bandwidth for high-speed applications. As a result, patch cords may not be well matched to the existing system and the entire infrastructure suffers.”

The adapter, which lists for $1,025, tests whether a patch cord meets the performance specifications as defined by the current release of cabling standards. One adapter is attached to the main test unit and the other is connected to the remote test unit.

Parameters tested include wiremap to ensure that the wire-pairs are properly connected, propagation delay, length and delay skew.

Pricing for the DSP-4000 Series starts at $9,463.