May 31, 2007 -- Fluke Networks (Everett, WA) has released its MicroScanner2 cable verifier. The cable tester shows installers what the company calls "the four most important test results" (i.e. cable length, wire map, cable ID and distance to break or short) as visual representations on a single screen, thereby enabling faster testing and reducing the chance of human error incurred when switching between tests.
The instrument also recognizes and displays what types of services are available at the outlet being tested, including 10/100/1000 Ethernet, POTS telephone service and Power over Ethernet (PoE). This functionality allows cabling technicians to quickly differentiate between cabling and service problems during installation or troubleshooting, notes Fluke.
The tester can verify and ID tag RJ11, RJ45, and coax cables without adapters, and incorporates a built-in tone generator, producing both analog and digital tones compatible with Fluke Networks' IntelliTone Pro probe. This functionality permits precise identification of specific wire pairs and cables on active networks, says the company.
The instrument ships with a rugged, ergonomically designed case, and incorporates a rubberized over-mold to protect against rough handling while offering a comfortable, non-slip grip.
The MicroScanner2 is available from Fluke as a stand-alone unit, or as part of a professional test kit. The kit contains a MicroScanner2, an IntelliTone Pro 200 probe, six cable ID termination devices with for both RJ45 and coax connectors, a breakout cable for with eight clips for testing unterminated cable, and RJ11, RJ45 and coax patch cords.