SYCAMORE, IL, May 20, 2013 – Over the past decade, the overriding trend in the video surveillance market has been the migration from analog CCTV to Internet Protocol or "IP" based systems. Although IP cameras are now on the verge of overtaking analog cameras in worldwide sales, IP's deployment in smaller-scale (16 camera or less) systems has been limited by a variety of factors, leaving analog as the dominant technology.
For many frontline technicians of these smaller systems the idea of populating and managing a network environment with IP cameras is seen as a daunting task. However, with the right training and equipment, an IP-based system can be just as easily managed as an analog one with far more capabilities and better image quality.
One of the keys to managing an IP video surveillance system is testing and troubleshooting. For example, if an IP camera's video feed can not be accessed, the frontline technician must be able to quickly isolate and resolve the problem through a maze of network and cabling issues. Until recently, these capabilities have only been found in testing tools well beyond reach of a small business budget.
IDEAL Industries Networks, the networking arm of IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., is hoping to change that with its NaviTEK II handheld network and cable verifier tester. NaviTEK II makes troubleshooting IP networks more efficient, thanks to features such as support for IPv6, 802.1X, Netscan and VLANs, and an advanced color LCD screen to view pin-by-pin wiremap to pinpoint faults, along with total distance and the distance to the fault.
Using the NaviTEK II, the technician simply unplugs the IP camera from the CAT cable, inserts the RJ45 plug into a NaviTEK II port and presses a button. Within seconds, the NaviTEK II offers critical elements of the connection status, such as IP address, Ethernet speed (10 Mbps thru 1 Gbps) and network switch & port number, as well as PoE/PoE+ status. NaviTEK II comes with a Smart Remote to test the cable itself for wiremap, indicating cable length, faults and distance to those faults. Next, the technician can use the traceroute feature to test if the drop can access the Internet. Ping testing will show if the system has Internet connectivity from the operational center's monitoring server.
For more information, visit www.idealindustries.com/products/datacomm.
IDEAL INDUSTRIES NETWORKS is an innovative manufacturer of Hand Held Network Testers deployed in LAN Installation, LAN Management and WAN Access. Its mission is to deliver testing solutions that meet the key needs of the IT professional including accelerating the testing process, improving accuracy of overall results, and ultimately to save businesses time, money and manpower over other methods of testing. 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.
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