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New cable tester provides a simple, cost-effective solution for everyday network performance testing

SYCAMORE, IL, May 22, 2006 -- Global manufacturer and supplier of advanced cable testing and certification equipment, IDEAL INDUSTRIES, has launched its new SIGNALTEK™ cable performance tester.

SIGNALTEK™ is designed for use by datacomm installers, electrical contractors and the IT/network manager to verify that installed cabling will support voice, video and data applications such as Gigabit Ethernet.

SIGNALTEK™ is a reliable, feature-rich, handheld cable tester with a user-friendly graphical interface. It offers true Gigabit performance testing by transmitting 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet packets and measuring errors on the link in accordance with the IEEE 802.3ab Gigabit Ethernet standard. This simple Ďpass/failí test determines within seconds whether or not the installed cable can support applications such as Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet. The tester also supports Bit Error Rate Testing (BERT) for VoIP, data and video over-IP applications.

SIGNALTEK™ features an integrated time domain reflectometer (TDR) which accurately measures cable length and aides finding faults such as shorts, split pairs and opens. It can test various cables types including twisted pair data, coax, telephone, security alarm and audio cables.

In addition to a 'snapshot' performance test, SIGNALTEK™ can be configured to run for several minutes or even hours at a time to stress test the link for dropped packets. This monitoring mode allows SIGNALTEK™ to be used in place of traditional monitoring tools that can cost thousands of dollars to deploy. It can also inform technicians what device is at the end of a cable run, such as its own remote handset, a live network device or an open link. The unitís intelligent autotest function then performs the correct test suite based on the links current configuration.

Thousands of test results can be stored on the 32MB internal memory. When transferred via USB to a PC, it is easy to generate pass/fail reports of link performance in accordance with IEEE 802.3ab standards.

While network cabling is typically certified to standards when itís installed, each time a client moves, changes or adds to the network infrastructure it can prevent the cable from operating at its maximum speed, notes Dan Payerle, Product Manager, DataComm Test Equipment Products, IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC.

"SIGNALTEK is perfect for IT/Network Managers looking to prove that their constantly changing network is functioning optimally after moves, adds and changes, or prior to a cabling upgrade," said Payerle. "SIGNALTEK is also a cost-effective alternative for contractors working on smaller installations where certification is not required or demanded by the customer."

For more information, contact IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., Becker Place, Sycamore, Illinois 60178. Or phone 1-800-947-3614, Fax: 1-800-533-4483. On the web, www.idealindustries.com.


IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. has been serving the electrical industry since 1916. The company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of professional quality tools and supplies meeting the needs of installation professionals in the construction, maintenance, data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries.


©2006 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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