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IDEAL Introduces World's First Category 6a Specific Cable Certifier, Purpose Engineered for 10GBASE-T Ethernet Networks

SYCAMORE, IL (December 29, 2005) -- IDEAL INDUSTRIES, Inc., one of the world's largest manufacturers and suppliers of quality tools, connectors, and testing products for the electrical and data communications markets, today introduced its LANTEK® 6A - the first cable certifier available to specifically test Category 6a and ISO Class Ea (augmented) UTP and STP cabling expected to be ratified by the Telecommunications Industry Association and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) early in 2006.

Several manufacturers have already announced the availability of Category 6a compliant cable and components to support the operation of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GBASE-T) over either shielded (STP) or un-shielded twisted pair (UTP) cabling.

Combining IDEAL's signature innovation and user-friendliness, the LANTEK 6A offers a sweeping frequency up to 500 MHz so it can accurately test 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GBASE-T) networks to assure that they meet the transmission parameters of IEEE 802.3an. 10GBASE-T provides data speeds up to 10 billion bits per second, and is expected to be used extensively to interconnect local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and metropolitan area networks.

To extend its versatility far beyond copper networks, the new LANTEK® 6A is compatible with IDEAL FIBERTEK® and TRACETEK® fiber accessories, as well as the IDEAL Coax Adapter Kit. IDEAL further offers an upgrade to the LANTEK 6A allowing it to support CAT7/ISO-F and above. IDEAL will also offer an upgrade path for current LANTEK 6 owners to upgrade their certifiers to a LANTEK 6A.

The LANTEK 6A shares many of the legacy features that have made the IDEAL LANTEK Series of Cable Certifiers one of the best selling on the market, including:

  • High definition 1/4 VGA color display for easy interpretation of results
  • Full function PCMCIA slot for compact flash storage allows virtually unlimited test storage and future optional enhancements.
  • USB port allows tests to be quickly and directly uploaded to the Windows® PC
  • Advanced user interface, including context sensitive help, for improved productivity
  • LANTEK® Reporter PC software supports graphs for report customization
  • Internal memory to store 500 graphical records
  • Remote unit can initiate auto tests for improved productivity in one-person operations
  • Remote unit has two-line black and white display supplying test progress and results

Another LANTEK exclusive included is a unique link adapter scheme, which offers numerous benefits to the user. Because there are no bulky adapters extending from the unit, it is more user-friendly and compact. This feature also significantly reduces the unit's lifetime cost of ownership because users can replace patch cords, should they ever wear out, rather than the entire link assembly.

"Due to cost and installation reasons, it's likely that most companies will deploy 10 Gigabit Ethernet over UTP copper cabling when upgrading their network infrastructureLANTEK® 6A is the most cost effective cable certifier for testing these installations up to 500MHz and meeting the industry’s emerging 10GBASE-T technologies,” explains Tony Kumeta, Business Manager, IDEAL INDUSTRIES. "LANTEK® 6A provides our customers with the easiest, fastest and most accurate certification and troubleshooting solution for the networks of today and tomorrow at a price you would expect to pay for just a Category 6 tester."


The IDEAL LANTEK 6A is set to ship December 5, 2005 as a basic package (LANTEK6ABAS) and a premium package (LANTEK6APREM). The premium package includes a deluxe hard shell carrying case instead of soft carrying case, two extra batteries, dual battery fast charger, PCMCIA card adapter, 64 MB CompactFlash™ card and a USB CompactFlash™ card reader.

Responding to end-user requests, IDEAL is also offering a TRV version of its LANTEK 6A premium package (LANTEK6ATRV) that features a luggage-grade traveling case on rollers with room to stow the certifier plus FIBERTEK and TRACETEK accessories. Those end-users purchasing the top-of-the-line LANTEK 7G are also qualified for the deluxe travel set discount.

IDEAL LANTEK products are backed by a two-year factory warranty.


Providing a cost-effective migration path to higher speed network testing, IDEAL is offering current users of its LANTEK 6 product who purchased their tester after 7/1/05 a free upgrade to LANTEK 6A until 12/31/05. For LANTEK6 end-users who purchased before 7/1/05, there will be a $500 fee to upgrade.

For more information, contact Ideal Industries, Inc., Becker Place, Sycamore, Illinois 60178. Or phone 1-800-435-0705, Fax: 1-800-533-4483. On the web, www.idealindustries.com.


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.


®2005 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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