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Gigabit Ethernet Cable Qualifier. SIGNALTEK TM. A new Group of Field Testers. The “classical” way of LAN testing: Step 1: Verification directly after installing a cable link Step 2: Certification with a field certifier Step 3 If necessary: Troubleshooting Advantages of certification

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a new group of field testers
A new Group of Field Testers
  • The “classical” way of LAN testing:
    • Step 1: Verification directly after installing a cable link
    • Step 2: Certification with a field certifier
    • Step 3 If necessary: Troubleshooting
  • Advantages of certification
    • Manufacturers warranties
    • Application independent
  • Disadvantage
    • High test equipment cost
    • Very complex measurements
    • Trained personal necessary for testing
a new group of field testers1
A new Group of Field Testers
  • There is a need for a less costly solution for
    • SOHO and residential installations
    • Smaller LAN networks
    • Network administration and troubleshooting
    • System Integration
    • Fiber Testing
  • New concept:
    • Test only those applications,you really need!
verifier capabilities
Verifier Capabilities
  • Check physical connectivity – Wiremap
  • Offers no performance measurements
    • How good is the cable? We only know if it was punched down correctly
  • No documentation – No memory or printed reports.
    • Installers must use hand-written check lists to document with a verifier
certifier capabilities
Certifier Capabilities
  • Very accurate performance tests to a specific set of measurement criteria
    • NEXT, attenuation, return loss, ELFEXT, etc...
    • Meets TIA/ISO requirements for measurement accuracy
    • Documents specific test frequency points and reports data in a format defined by TIA/ISO standards
who uses verifiers certifiers
Who Uses Verifiers & Certifiers
  • Verifiers – Anyone who installs cabling should be using one to verify minimum level of wiring acceptance.
    • Verifiers are like a Multimeter to an electrician, its foolish to guess when a cheap tester can prove connectivity.
  • Certifiers – Large “corporate” level jobs where consultants and system integrators are using system warranties as a way to get business and block out the small installers.
    • Certifiers are a means to end in many cases. If not purely used to get warranty approval, they are used as a reassurance to prevent no-charge callbacks.
certifying a network

CAT 6 / ISO E supports:

  • Phone Services:
  • Analog
  • ISDN
  • Digital
  • …..
  • Data Services:
  • RS232
  • Token Ring
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • DSL
  • ADSL
  • SDSL
  • ATM
  • ….
  • Applications:
  • FTP
  • VoIP
  • VideoIP
  • Video Conferencing
  • Filesharing
  • Web Browsing
  • …..
Certifying a Network

Certifying with 1 CAT6 / ISOE Autotest will guarantee that all known applications supported by CAT6/ISO E will work+Future applications designed for CAT6 will also work

Example: VoIP

  • VoIP was invented long time after CAT 5, but was specified to work with 100MBit Ethernet (100BaseTx) over CAT5 cabling
  • A LAN network tested in 1998 for CAT5 will support VoIP !
  • INVESTMENT PROTECTIONFOR END USERS
a case for performance qualification testers
A Case for Performance/ Qualification Testers
  • Nearly 100% of all corporate, small business, and residential networks use Ethernet as the primary means of communication on both copper and fiber runs
  • Test equipment for multiple protocols is very expensive, but for a single protocol it can be quite affordable
  • The TIA is moving to “require” additional testing in residential installations (TIA-570)
  • Use IEEE as a reference standard to pass/fail a link

-> Test only those applications your really need

10Mb

1Gb

qualifying a network

CAT 6 / ISO E

  • Phone Services:
  • Analog
  • ISDN
  • Digital
  • …..
  • Data Services:
  • RS232
  • Token Ring
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • DSL
  • ADSL
  • SDSL
  • ATM
  • ….
  • Applications:
  • FTP
  • VoIP
  • VideoIP
  • Video Conferencing
  • Filesharing
  • Web Browsing
  • …..
Qualifying a Network
  • Proof for customers that a certain application will run
  • Troubleshooting in existing networks
    • Typical problems
      • Can´t connect to an active device
      • Connection is up, but the data transmission is very slow
  • System check for a new application
    • Example: A company has an old CAT5 network and wants to install VoIP telephony. Before buying an expensive phone system, the end user needs to be 100% sure that VoIP or Video over IP would work.The end user has two choices:#1: Re-test with a certifier to CAT5#2: Qualify each link with an “application tester”
standards
Standards

Certifiers

Qualifiers

Cabling

Measurement

Application

Cable

Components

Installation

USA

TIA/EIA 568-B.2

TIA/EIA 568-B.2

IEEE (e.g. 802.3)Ethernet

Fast Ethernet

Gigabit EthernetToken Ring

ISO/IEC (e.g. 8802-x)

Ethernet

Fast Ethernet

Gigabit EthernetToken Ring

ATM Forum

ATM LAN 155

ATM LAN 622

ATM 1.2G

ITU-T

X.21V.11

S0 Bus

S1/S2

TIA/EIA 568-B.2

TIA/EIA 568-B.2

ISO/IEC11801

IEC 61935

IEC 61156

IEC 60603-7

International

EN 50288

EN 60603-7

EN 50173

DIN EN50174-x

EN 50346

Europa

DIN EN50288

DIN EN60603-7

DIN EN50173

DIN EN50174-x

DIN EN50346

… EN50288-1

Basic specs

… EN50288-2

Cat 5 UTP

… EN50288-3

Cat 5E UTP

… EN50288-4

Cat 7 STP

… EN50288-5

Cat 6 STP

… EN50288-6

Cat 6 UTP

… EN50288-7

Control cables

… 60603-7-2

Cat 5 UTP

… 60603-7-3

Cat 5 STP

… 60603-7-4

Cat 6 UTP

… 60603-7-41 (E)

Cat 6a UTP.

… 60603-7-5

Cat 6 UTP

… 60603-7-51 (E)

Cat 6a STP

… 60603-7-7

Cat 7 STP

(… 61076-3-104

TERA)

… 50173-1

OFFICE

… 50173-2

SOHO

… 50173-3

Industry

… 50174-1

Specification/Quality Assurance

… 50174-2

Planing/Installation Inhouse

… 50174-3

Planing/Installationoutside

… 50346

Testing installed cabling

Deutschland

how to compare qualification vs certification
How to compareQualification vs. Certification
  • Suppose you want to determine if your race car can go 200MPH around a race track without crashing.
  • You have two options
    • Analytical testing
    • Practical testing
analytical testing
Analytical Testing
  • Measure every possible parameter of the track
    • Bank angle
    • Sharpness of turns
    • Pavement materials
    • Weather conditions
    • etc…
practical testing
Practical Testing
  • Put your driver into the car, launch him down the track and see if he makes it!
  • Certifiers (LANTEK) are analytical testers
  • Qualifiers (SIGNALTEK) are practical testers

Works or Doesn’t Work

introducing signaltek tm signaltek tm fo
INTRODUCING SIGNALTEKTM - SIGNALTEKTM FO
  • A new class of cable qualification tester that is less than a certifier but more than a verifier
    • Certifier: LANTEK
    • Verifier: LinkMaster, VDV, LinkMaster ProXL, NAVITEK
slide15

Package Content SIGNALTEKIDEAL Part# 33-975

  • Signaltek Display + Remote Unit
  • 1 Black nylon carrying case
  • 2x 12 (30.5cm) RJ11 silver satin cables
  • 2x 24 (61cm) RJ45-to-F patchcords
  • 2x 12 (30.5cm) RJ45 shielded patchcords
  • 2x 12 (30.5cm) RJ45-twin alligator clip cords
  • 8 AA alkaline batteries
  • 2x Universal (120-240V) AC-DC power adapter
  • 1 USB cable
  • 1 Quickstart guide
  • 1 CD-ROM User Manual
  • 1 Training DVD
  • Options:
    • Replacement cable accessory kit # 1219-91-0003Contains all original cables in SIGNALTEK™ kit
    • RJ45 to 8 head alligator clip K-7920
slide16

Package Contents

SIGNALTEK FO

  • All Signaltek FO version are shipped with the standard accessories like in Signaltek 33-975( carrying case, batteries, cables etc… )
  • 33-984 : SIGNALTEK FO with 2x 850nm SFP modules 2x 50µm and 2x62.5µm fiber test leads
  • 33-985 : SIGNALTEK FO with 2x 1300nm SFP modules 2x 50µm and 2x62.5µm fiber test leads
  • 33-986 : SIGNALTEK FO with 2x 850nm and 2x 1300nm SFP modules , 2x 50µm and 2x62.5µm fiber test leads
  • 33-988 : SIGNALTEK FO Fiber ready tester without SFP modules
applications
Applications
  • Cable Performance
    • Measure the Bit Error Rate of end-to-end cabling links
    • Requires the SIGNALTEK display and remote handsets

Patch & Equipment

Cords

Server

Work Area

Patch Cords

Patch Panel

Horizontal Run

Copper or Fiber Run

applications1
Applications
  • Active LAN Testing
    • Verify connectivity of Ethernet devices by using the ping function
    • Requires the SIGNALTEK display handset only

Patch & Equipment

Cords

Server

Work Area

Patch Cords

Patch Panel

Horizontal Run

Copper or Fiber Run

key features
Key Features
  • SIGNALTEK provides needed functions to fill the gap between verifiers and certifiers
    • Performance measurement data
    • Active LAN network test data
    • Test storage and organization
    • Print test reports directly to a printer or from a computer
    • Copy test data to memory sticks

1Gbit

100MBit

10MBit

key features1
Key Features
  • Performance MeasurementQualifying the cable for a service
    • One-button Autotest
    • Wiremap with Length
    • Maximum Link Speed
    • Cable Performance Test
    • Optional Tests for
      • VoIP (Voice over IP)
      • Web Browsing
      • Video over IP
key features2
Key Features
  • Performance MeasurementON FIBER LINKS
    • Same functions like on copper links
    • Difference:Attenuation testinstead of wiremap
key features3
Key Features
  • Active LAN test Verify connectivity of active devices
    • Wiremap with Length (Copper only) (even against active device)
    • Maximum Link Speed
    • DHCP Test
    • PING Test
    • BOTH ON COPPERAND FIBER
key features4
Key Features
  • Easy Test Data Storage
    • Store test data in jobs and combine this information with customers address
    • Save test data to USB sticks or directlyto the PC via USB(USB plug&play device)
key features5
Key Features
  • Easy Test Data Printing
    • No PC software necessary !!
    • Print directly from tester
    • View and print test data from PC with Internet Explorer!
ideal datacomm tester portfolio
IDEAL DataComm Tester Portfolio

Features/Performance

Verification Certification

€5-8.3k

<$100 Price >$8000

€15-350

signaltek completes the line
SIGNALTEK Completes the Line

Features/Performance

Verification Certification

Qualification

€5-8.3k

€2395

€1395

<€100 Price >€8000

€15-350

Copper

and

Fiber

Copper

strengths
Strengths

Provides most comprehensive testing compared to competition

  • True Gigabit Ethernet Qualification
  • Easy to use Autotest functions
  • Feature set – USB connectivity
  • Cost of operation/ownership
  • Fiber link qualification !
opportunities
Opportunities
  • Growth of IP-centric services/devices puts this product in an expanding market
    • IP cameras, home automation, A/V controls are all going to IP
    • Retail environments are moving from RS-232/488 terminals to IP based terminals
    • INDUSTRIAL ETHERNET
    • Residential cabling
who does not need signaltek
Who Does NOT Need Signaltek?
  • Large installation companies that focus on corporate jobs need certifiers:
    • To provide documentation that complies with TIA-568 requirements
    • To obtain system warranties(Certifiers are the only tool to obtain manufacturers warranties !)
who needs signaltek
Who Needs Signaltek?

Anyone who installs cabling and wants to:

  • Check the performance abilities of the link
  • Provide proof/documentation of performance
  • Limit liability by maintaining records that prove operation immediately after installation
  • Organize their own records by maintaining internal documentation of cabling they install
  • Grow business by offering more professional services to their customers
who needs signaltek1
Who Needs Signaltek?
  • Target Customers (with examples)
    • SOHO and residential installers
      • In more and more private houses, a LAN cabling is installed.
    • Installers of small commercial sites
      • The classical “10 computer company” is not so much interested, if their cabling complies to CATx. They rather want to know, if they can run Gigabit Ethernet, VoiP, Web Browsing , etc…
    • System administrators
      • During upgrades: “Will my old CAT5 system support VoIP?”
      • Trouble-shooting: A new PC with GigE card can´t connect to the Server
    • Industrial Ethernet
      • Factories deploying Ethernet
competitor comparison signaltek

IDEAL

Test-Um

Test-Um

Fluke Networks

ByteBrothers

Category

Feature

SIGNALTEK

Validator

Validator-NT

CableIQ

Real World Certifier

Form Factor

$1,195

$1,195

$1,495

$1,075

$595

Display size

8 x 3.5 x 1.5

9 x 4.5 x 2.1

9 x 4.5 x2.1

6.75 x 3.5 x 1.75

5.75 x 3.25 x 1.5

Remote size

5.6 x4.4 x1.8

5.6 x4.4 x1.8

Keypad

Alpha-numeric

Alpha-numeric

Alpha-numeric

Knob/Basic Keys

3-Key

Display

Size

2.8" QVGA

3.6" QVGA

3.6" QVGA

2.5" Dot Matrix

1.8" Dot Matrix

Color

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Interface

RJ45 - Data

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

RJ11-Voice

Adapter

Yes

Yes

Yes (Integrated to RJ45)

No

Coax - Video

Adapter Cable

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

USB

A/Mini B (Host/Slave)

B (Slave)

B (Slave)

Mini B (Slave)

None

Bannana jack

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

Alligator Clips

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

RS-232 Serial

None

Yes

Yes

None

None

Measurements

Wiremap

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

TDR

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Length Range

140m/460ft

460m/1500ft

460m/1500ft

300m/1000ft

Not Specified

Packet Loss Test

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

802.3ab Compliant

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Autotest Time

20+s*

30s

30s

4s

2min 15s*

Adjustable Test Duration

Yes

Manual Mode Only

Manual Mode Only

No

No

Adjustable Packet Size

Yes

No

Yes

N/A

N/A

Service Detection

10/100/1000

10/100/1000

Yes

10/100 or 1000, HiVolts, CATV

10/100 Half Duplex

Remote Service Detection

10/100, 1000

No

No

No

No

Fixed/Random Packet Fill

Yes

No

No

No

No

Tests w/o own Remote

Length/Map/Skew/Link/ DHCP/Ping

Length

Length

Length/Signal Performance

Split/LengthSkew

Competitor Comparison SIGNALTEK
competitor comparison signaltek1

IDEAL

Test-Um

Test-Um

Fluke Networks

ByteBrothers

Category

Feature

SIGNALTEK

Validator

Validator-NT

CableIQ

Real World Certifier

Network Features

Configurable IP Addressing

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

DHCP Check

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

Selectable Ping

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

Multiple Target Addresses

Yes

No

No

No

No

Links to Active Network

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

Memory

Size

64MB (32Useable)

32MB

32MB

Unk. 250 Tests Max

Unk. 250 Tests Max

Type

SD(Internal)/USB

CF-Firmware on card

CF-Firmware on card

Internal

Internal

Expandable

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Power

Battery Type

AA x 4

Li-Ion

Li-Ion

AA x 4

9V x 1

Rechargable

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

DC Power Port

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Power Adapter

Option

Yes

Yes

No

No

PC Software

Proprietary PC Software

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Printed Reports

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Direct Printing

Yes

No

No

No

No

XML Reporting

Yes

No

No

No

No

Competitor ComparisonSIGNALTEK
competitor comparison signaltek fo
Competitor ComparisonSIGNALTEK FO
  • SIGNALTEK FO is a unique product
  • There is nothing comparable on the market
  • NO OTHER TESTER offers copper and fiber Gigabit Ethernet Qualification

X

X

X

X

live demo
Live Demo!
  • Device Setup
  • Running Tests
  • Viewing Stored Records
  • Transferring Tests to PC and USB memory devices
  • Open and View Test Reports