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New CableIQ qualification tester from Fluke helps reduce network downtime

Fluke Networks Canada today released the CableIQ Qualification Tester, a handheld tool that identifies the network...


February 7, 2005  


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Fluke Networks Canada today released the CableIQ Qualification Tester, a handheld tool that identifies the network speed which the existing cabling can support, helping technicians solve network connectivity problems.

Qualification is a new category of testers that help meet the emerging needs of network technicians.

“In contrast to certification testers, which guarantee that cabling installations comply with TIA/ISO performance standards and verification testers, which determine if the cable is connected correctly, qualification testers determine if an existing cabling link can support certain network speeds and technologies,” the company said.

CableIQ’s qualification test helps technicians troubleshoot connectivity problems, deploy new technologies such as VoIP and upgrade to higher network speeds. It determines if the existing cabling can support networks from 10 BASE-T, 100BASE-T, VoIP to Gigabit Ethernet.

When problems are cabling-related, CableIQ’s diagnostics help technicians locate performance faults resulting in fewer escalated trouble tickets.

The tester, which lists for $1,666, uses IntelliTone digital signalling technology to locate cables on both passive and active networks even in the most chaotic wiring closet.