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SignalTEK® II is Cost-Effective Solution to Qualifying Network Bandwidth

Cable installers save money by using a single multifunction tester for copper, fiber and PoE

SAN DIEGO, CA, June 19, 2012 – Using a full cable certifier isn't always the most efficient choice when confirming if network cabling has been installed correctly, especially in residential, small business and even industrial Ethernet environments that don't require certification to EIA/TIA or ISO/IEC standards.

In those cases, the new IDEAL SignalTEK® II multifunctional handheld cable and network qualifier is a cost-effective alternative to certifiers. Perfect for small- to medium-sized LANs, SignalTEK® II will validate that copper or fiber cabling is capable of supporting bandwidth-heavy Voice, Data, Video (VDV) and IP-based video surveillance applications over 10/100 Megabit or Gigabit Ethernet. SignalTEK® II then generates documentation verifying network connectivity and job completion to initiate customer payment.

"Being a multifunctional device for both fiber and copper, the SignalTEK® II offers major cost savings, as it eliminates the need to purchase separate testers for different media," explained Dan Payerle, business unit manager of IDEAL Industries Networks. "SignalTEK® II also troubleshoots throughput problems in existing installations so a separate transmission tester isn't required - presenting more savings."

Qualifies IEEE 802.3ab Gigabit Standard

SignalTEK® II is targeted at data cabling installers, IT administrators, systems integrators and facilities managers who need to demonstrate that new and existing cabling installations meet performance and reliability expectations. A bi-directional "pass/fail" test of a network's links based on IEEE 802.3ab determines within seconds whether the installed cable can support higher bandwidth applications such as VoIP or Gigabit Ethernet without problems. Additional active network troubleshooting capabilities of PoE and PoE+ maximize return on investment.

Tests Across Switches and Hubs

Qualification and troubleshooting can conveniently be performed either through hubs or switches all the way to the server, streamlining qualification and maintenance troubleshooting.

Qualifies Bandwidth & Cabling Capacity

According to Payerle, one of the unique capabilities of SignalTEK® II is that it can qualify and certify the correct installation of copper and fiber cabling to determine if it is capable of supporting VDV and CCTV applications: "This unique capability is further enhanced by enabling the operator to specify the load, number of PCs, VoIP phones or IP CCTV camera, on the network and SignalTEK® II then generates the equivalent load to ensure the network's switch can handle the traffic without error."

Latest Testing Features for Modern Networks

With multiple network troubleshooting features including wiremap by pin with distance to fault, cable tracing and verifying Ethernet connectivity, SignalTEK® II is a highly versatile and cost effective handheld tool. Capable of multiple performance testing, SignalTEK® II can be operated rapidly and with minimal user training giving the installer or network administrator a high level of confidence and accuracy not found in other testers in the price range.

SignalTEK® II simplifies cable installations through its intuitive controls, auto test functions, a virtual keyboard and a 2.8" backlit color screen. Novices will be able to fully operate SignalTEK® II within minutes of removing it from the box. The interface minimizes training requirements while improving productivity in the field because routine test can be completed in less time. Additionally, SignalTEK® II is IPv6 and PoE+ compatible, ensuring a future-proof investment.

Rugged and Robust Design

For all its advanced technologies, SignalTEK® II is not a fragile instrument. Its rubber-molded housing can withstand drops, making it perfect for the installer whose workplace requires a rugged and robust tool. Plus, when RJ45 connections are damaged or become worn due to spark erosion, an RJ45 insert can be exchanged in the field to eliminate costly downtime, as there is no need to return the unit to an IDEAL service center.

Where to Buy

SignalTeK® II is available now through all major datacomm distributors. For more details, visit http://www.idealindustries.com/wheretobuy/datacomm.jsp.

For more information about IDEAL Industries Networks SignalTEK® II, visit http://www.idealindustries.com/products/datacomm/testers/signaltek2.jsp.


Headquartered in San Diego, CA, IDEAL INDUSTRIES NETWORKS is a leading manufacturer of Data Communications Hand Tools, Connectors and Hand Held Test Devices for Network Installation and Management professionals. Its mission is to deliver Innovation, Simplicity and Productivity to product solutions that Cut, Strip, Terminate, Test and Certify (CSTTC) coax, twisted pair and fiber cabling. For more information about IDEAL Industries Networks products, visit: www.idealindustries.com/products/datacomm.

IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. has been serving the electrical industry since 1916. IDEAL is one of the world's leading manufacturers of professional quality tools and supplies serving installation professionals in the construction, maintenance, data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries. Visit www.idealindustries.com for more information.

Editorial Contacts:

Lynn Roberts
IDEAL Networks, US

Dan O’Connell
O’Connell Communications, Inc.

©2012 IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. All rights reserved. All products and names mentioned are the property of their respective owners. While IDEAL has made every effort at the time of publication to ensure the accuracy of the information provided herein, product specifications, configurations, prices, system/component/options availability are all subject to change without notice.

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