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16.0 Cable Testers for Category 5 (Data Communications Cabling)




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This article is from the Data Communications Cabling FAQ, by Peter Macaulay pmac@fox.nstn.ca with numerous contributions by others.

16.0 Cable Testers for Category 5 (Data Communications Cabling)

"LANcat V" by Datacom Technologies
Everett, WA
Tel: 800/468-5557

"DSP100" by Fluke Corporation
P.O. Box 9090
Everett, WA 98206-9090
Tel: 206/356-5400 800/44-FLUKE

"PentaScanner" by Microtest, Inc
4747 North 22nd St,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Tel: 602/952-6400 800/526-9675

"WireScope100" by Scope Communications, Inc
100 Otis St,
Northboro, MA 01532
Tel: 508/393-1236

"LANTech PRO" by Wavetek, Inc
9145 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA 92123
Tel: 619/279-2200 800/854-2708

At present some vendors are calling their instruments "CAT 5
conformance" testing devices. Be aware that there is an on-going
standards process to define field testing of CAT 5 cables. These
standards or guidelines (currently called PN-3287) will not be
complete until the June 1995 timeframe.

The TIA TSB number will be TSB-67 when PN-3287 is approved.

The standard is expected to define two accuracy levels of test
equipment, and provide minimum performance standards for each.
Current test equipment is likely to fall in the lower level. The
higher class ("Accuracy Level II") is intended for subsequent
generations of test equipment capable of performing the
increasingly numerous and stringent tests now being developed.

 

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