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IDEAL Launches 10-Gigabit Ethernet Alien Crosstalk Testing Kit for LANTEK Cable Certifiers

SYCAMORE, IL, September 12, 2007 – Adding important testing capability to its LANTEK series of LAN cable certifiers, IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. today announced a new 10-Gigabit Alien Crosstalk Testing kit that allows LANTEK 6A and 7G models to perform complete alien crosstalk testing in compliance with proposed international testing standards.

"Deployment of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) networks in enterprise LAN and data storage environments brings a range of new challenge to network designers and cabling installers," explained Dan Payerle, Product Manager, IDEAL. "Alien Crosstalk (AXT) is a side effect of transmitting ever-increasing frequencies over twisted pair cabling. It needs to be tested to ensure that inter-cable crosstalk does not hamper 10GbE data transmission."

The new kit consists of two dual-head AXT adapters and twelve specialized AXT terminators. With this kit and a simple software update, any LANTEK 6A or 7G LAN cable Certifier can be upgraded to offer standards compliant alien crosstalk testing.

Twice as Fast as Other Testers

The unique combination of hardware and software empowers LANTEK 6A or 7G LAN models to fully test and certify that a cabling system is 10GbE capable with more speed and efficiency than any other testing solution on the market today.

The dual-head adapter allows each LANTEK handset to transmit on a disturber cable and detect the alien crosstalk on a victim cable from both sides of the link simultaneously, reducing test times by as much as half compared to other solutions when performing a full PSANEXT (Power Sum Alien Near End Crosstalk) and PSAACR-F (Power Sum Alien Attenuation-to-Crosstalk Ratio Far-end) certification. The inclusion of 12 AXT terminators in the kit also maximizes productivity for single person operation.

An additional time saving feature is the ability of the LANTEK to perform all of the AXT measurements and calculations in the field without the use of a personal computer and complex testing software. This allows any technician to run the test system following the cues intelligent graphical user interface and get instant pass/fail results in the field.

Along with the AXT adapters and terminators, the kit also includes a padded carrying case, printed user's guide, four 7-foot test interface cords, 12 1-foot terminator patch cords and IDEAL's AXT reporting software. The software allows users to easily upload, view and print complete AXT certification reports without performing any additional analysis since all the computations are performed on the LANTEK during the testing process. The software is compatible with Microsoft Windows Vista® and is also available free from IDEAL's website allowing installers to send electronic test results to their customers who can print the reports as needed.

The LANTEK 10-Gigabit Ethernet Alien Crosstalk kit, part number LANTEK10GBKIT, will be available in November 2007.

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. 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.

Editorial Contacts:

Dan O’Connell
O’Connell Communications, Inc.

Dan Payerle
800-854-2708 x7148

©2007 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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