Platinum Tools recently entered into a supply agreement with Softing IT Networks, GmbH, through which Platinum Tools now offers the NetXpert XG2. The tester provides 10-Gbit/sec speed tests over copper and fiber cabling, as well as complete network testing for copper, fiber, and WiFi systems.
The NetXpert XG2 is now available from Platinum Tools with an MSRP of $7,135 for copper and $11,545 for fiber.
The tester “sets a new standard in versatility and value for cable and network testing,” said Sean Rothermel, Platinum Tools product manager. “With Cat 6A rapidly gaining dominance, a tester capable of certifying networks to 10G speeds has become more of a necessity. With the NetXpert XG2, we have a single device that performs 10G speed certification, as well as all network tests you need on copper, fiber, and WiFi systems, even PoE testing up to the PoE Type 4 standard. This eliminates the need to buy or carry multiple testers for the job.”
When announcing the availability of the NetXpert XG2 on June 21, Platinum Tools added that one of the tester’s desirable features is its future upgradeability. A user has the ability to load firmware via USB or WiFi. “This capability makes the XG2 even more valuable as the investment in this product does not end when future technologies would render most other units obsolete,” Rothermel commented. “Upgrading new firmware will allow the XG2 to be used for years while keeping up with current technological necessities.”
The tester’s features and specifications also include the following.
- Speed certification to 10G over copper and fiber
- Cable qualification to IEEE standards
- Active network testing over copper, fiber, and WiFi
- PoE testing up to 90W (PoE Type 4)
- Complete reporting in multiple formats
- Full color 7-inch touchscreen
- Form factor that includes comfortable hand straps and built-in kickstand
- Rechargeable, upgradeable lithium battery pack
- Field-replaceable RJ45 port, dual SFP+ ports, USB port
- Easy software updates for future feature expansion
- 9.75x7x3-inch dimensions
- 2.65-pound weight
When Platinum Tools and Softing announced their supply agreement earlier in June, Platinum Tools’ director of sales Jason Chesla said, “We are excited to enter into this agreement with Softing IT Networks to launch such an impressive 10G speed certification tester as the NetXpert XG2. Softing IT Networks is synonymous with cutting-edge technology and first-class customer service.”