ANSI charters FOA and NECA to develop installation standards with talk capability

According to Datacom Technologies (Everett, WA), its newly introduced LANcat Vx Category 5 cable tester and talk set is the first local area network (LAN) cable tester with built-in two-way voice communications and a 20-second cable certification test. The tester can be used to certify and troubleshoot installed twisted-pair, coaxial and fiber-optic cables. An optional plug-in module, fibercat, converts the LANcat Vx handset into an optical power meter to measure optical power and cable loss in

Barbara E. Thompson

According to Datacom Technologies (Everett, WA), its newly introduced LANcat Vx Category 5 cable tester and talk set is the first local area network (LAN) cable tester with built-in two-way voice communications and a 20-second cable certification test. The tester can be used to certify and troubleshoot installed twisted-pair, coaxial and fiber-optic cables. An optional plug-in module, fibercat, converts the LANcat Vx handset into an optical power meter to measure optical power and cable loss in fiber-optic cables.

The LinkTalk talk set provides two-way, half-duplex voice communications over 4-, 6-, or 8-conductor twisted-pair cable, and it can also automatically locate a wire pair for voice communication, even if the cable has been miswired. The test system includes two handsets, each with a built-in microphone, volume control, and detachable earphone.

"The LANcat Vx talk capability provides convenience for cable installers during the testing of network cable," says Jim Bordyn, Datacom`s director of marketing. "Two-way radios--the traditional way to communicate between operators at each end of the cable--are cumbersome and cannot be used inside multistory buildings that have a lot of structural steel. LinkTalk operates hands-free in all work environments."

The tester performs all of the tests required by Telecommunications Systems Bulletin-67 of the Telecommunications Industry Association, including wiremap, length, attenuation, bidirectional near-end crosstalk, and attenuation-to-crosstalk ratio.

The LANcat Vx is available from authorized distributors for $4395 (U.S. list), and the fibercat option is $695 (U.S. list).

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