When installing or maintaining a network, an OTDR (Optical Time Domain Reflectometer) is used to perform Tier-2 certification for fiber optic cabling.Read more
A common question that comes up with certification is “how can a cable fail a certification test yet still pass data”? To answer this question, it is necessary to understand the differences between the performance requirements for various data speeds and cabling performance categories.Read more
The NaviTEK NT series of network troubleshooting testers has grown in popularity every year and the most recent software updates support this demand by offering extra functionality.Read more
Dan Barrera, Global Product Manager for IDEAL Networks and Brian Hanchey, Product Line Manager from CommScope will be delivering a webcast seminar (produced by Cabling Installation and Maintenance) on Thursday the 19th of October, exploring some of the latest innovations that enable structured cabling systems to support evolving requirements.Read more
Poor test data sharing processes are resulting in lost test results, delayed job completions and cash flow problems, says IDEAL Networks in a new White Paper exploring issues within the data cable installation and testing industry.Read more
Recent research by IDEAL Networks showed that many data cable installers are sharing certifiers between their workforce in an attempt to reduce costs. Tim Widdershoven from IDEAL Networks explains why sharing data cable testers doesn’t benefit businesses.Read more
Cabling systems are the bridges that transport information between various points in a network – from source to receiver. Ensuring that this network is functioning at its optimum levels means confirming that the cables are performing well.
To do that, a solid understanding of what to look for when measuring cabling performance is essential.Read more
Beyond finding faults in components or installation workmanship, the other important element is to determine the true performance of an installed data cabling system. Because performance of LAN cabling is not a function of safety, most governmental jurisdictions do not require 3rd party testing to ensure that products provide the level of performance shown on the packaging or marketing literature.Read more
Industrial Ethernet specialist Forense-Industrial has transformed its troubleshooting and network testing processes, saving several hours on every job and reducing equipment costs.Read more
With some IT technicians unsure which network infrastructure testing equipment is the right choice for the job in hand, IDEAL Networks is offering some simple guidance to improve understanding of the different network layers and the different testers they require.Read more
Even the most experienced experts are guilty of the occasional slipup when installing data cable networks.Read more
For data cable installers and technicians buying or using a cable certifier, it is important to choose a care plan which provides a low cost of ownership while helping to reduce downtimeRead more
As mobile device use increases, hospitals rely ever more on IT networks, making it mission critical that network downtime is minimized and issues are rectified quickly.Read more
For many network and data cable installers, tracing UTP cables often relies upon trial and error and can be disruptive, as well as costly in terms of labor and customer downtime.Read more
TheSureTrace® circuit tracer from IDEAL Industries is an essential piece of kit for all network and data cable installers to use alongside their IDEAL Networks testers. This innovative circuit tracer avoids disruption or downtime by allowing you to trace UTP cables (such as Cat5e and Cat 6) in a live data rack without disconnecting the cables from the system.Read more
A new White Paper from IDEAL Networks is now available to help simplify Tier-2 fiber optic certification. This provides the next level of knowledge for installers and maintenance technicians following the recent IDEAL Networks White Paper focused on understanding different fiber optic certification tiers and testers.Read more
IDEAL Networks has extended its reach in Asia with the opening of a new IDEAL INDUSTRIES office in Shanghai, China.
IDEAL Networks is known for fast and efficient data cable testers, but did you know that owning one of IDEAL Networks’ devices not only helps your data networks, but also teaches your technicians valuable skills? Here are just a few of the essential skills your team could be learning from an IDEAL Networks device.Read more
Network installation and support company Staley Technologies has cut the cost of equipping their fleet by 68% by purchasing a combination of IDEAL Networks certifiers and network transmission testers, equating to a saving of over USD $1 million.Read more
To help cable installers and maintenance technicians select the correct fiber optic testing equipment, IDEAL Networks has published a new, free White Paper which offers guidance on the different tiers for certifying fiber optic cabling.Read more
The SignalTEK CT Data Cable Tester from IDEAL Networks is not only affordable, but it comes with plenty of useful features that streamline cable testing. Here are just some of the ways that you can use the SignalTEK CT to enhance the performance and efficiency of your cable testing.Read more
Communications services provider, Granite Telecommunications has sped up testing time and reduced unnecessary costs by using the SignalTEK™ NT network transmission tester from IDEAL Networks.Read more
More and more network technicians are finding that the SignalTEK NT suits their network testing needs more than other devices on the market. In case you missed the news surrounding the release of this network transmission tester from IDEAL Networks, we’ve outlined the top reasons why the SignalTEK NT is gaining popularity and proving itself to be one of the best network testers out there.Read more
The VDV II cable verifier series from IDEAL Networks is
helping network installers to keep productivity high and operational costs low
when it comes to troubleshooting in voice, data and video cable
IDEAL Networks has launched the new Optical Certifier I (OC I) Tier-1 certifier for multi-mode and single mode fiber cabling. The OC I delivers the fastest automated loss, length and polarity certification of fiber links against international industry standards, maximizing efficiency and reducing the cost of ownership.Read more
The international standards to which fiber optic cabling and encircled flux compliant light sources are field-tested are changing. Tim Widdershoven from IDEAL Networks says that new ISO/IEC and ANSI/TIA standards will have a notable impact on the test equipment required by installers.Read more
IDEAL Networks are pleased to be a silver sponsor of the BICSI Annual Technology Conference held in Bangalore, India on the 23rd of September, 2016. Alongside showcasing our top products and offering event sponsorship, we will also be providing a keynote speech.Read more
The NaviTEK NT Plus and Pro network testers from IDEAL Networks have received a number of time- saving updates to help technicians carry out network troubleshooting and maintenance on both copper and fibre cable even more efficiently.Read more
International standards development organizations including ISO/IEC and ANSI/TIA are updating several key standards documents that affect field-testing of fiber optic cabling. In particular the standards now describe the use of Encircled Flux compliant light sources.Read more
IDEAL Networks and IDEAL Electrical are delighted to welcome our new Operations Manager, Russell Stratton to the team.Read more
IDEAL Networks, global manufacturer of cable and network
testers, has launched the OTDR II, a Tier 2 fiber optic cable tester that
addresses the need for user-friendly and accurate fiber troubleshooting for
network installation technicians
To help celebrate 100 years of IDEAL Industries this year, we're giving you the chance to win a SignalTEK NT and an Apple iPad Mini 4!Read more
After an exciting start to the year, the Light + Building exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany has once again proved its position as the world's leading exhibition for lighting and building services technology. The world's largest exhibition for electrical systems and building automation has exceeded our expectations with record visitors and was the perfect place for our 100 year company celebration.Read more
IDEAL Networks upgrades the LanXPLORER Pro network troubleshooter with professional PDF reports and compatibility with the IDEAL AnyWARETM mobile app.Read more
IDEAL Networks has launched a new extremely durable Permanent Link Adapter to accompany the LanTEK III cable certifier. The RJ45 Permanent Link Adapter is smaller and designed to give superior resilience while still ensuring high performance and low cost of ownership.Read more
As a test equipment manufacturer, perhaps the most frequently asked question regarding testing of fibre optic cabling is “How much loss am I allowed to have”? Unfortunately, the answer is “it depends”. So what does it depend on?
IDEAL Networks has launched SignalTEKTM NT, a network transmission tester which costs up to 30% less than comparable equipment while still offering high quality reporting that proves the speed and reliability of a data cable and network installation. Uniquely, SignalTEK NT can be used with both copper and fibre cabling, reducing costs by removing the need to invest in more than one tester.
IDEAL Networks is pleased to announce the appointment a new HR Manager for IDEAL INDUSTRIES. Erin Melia, a Human Resources professional from Northampton, UK, has joined the IDEAL INDUSTRIES team as Group HR Manager for EMEA, India and North America, working across the IDEAL Networks, IDEAL Electrical and Cassella Solutions businesses.Read more
With our great heritage and expertise in LAN installation and maintenance, IDEAL Networks continues to offer the best level of product, choice and versatility coupled with unparalleled support to customers from our sales and technical offices in Warrington, UK; Paris, France; Munich, Germany; Sycamore, USA; Haryana, India; Ontario, Canada; Jalisco, Mexico and Beijing, China.
In 2016 IDEAL Networks celebrates the 100th birthday of parent company IDEAL INDUSTRIES INC., which has been designing tools and solutions that make a true difference for millions of professional tradesmen.Read more
The new series of NaviTEK® NT hand held testers from IDEAL Networks is helping technicians to work more effectively, with a comprehensive suite of test and troubleshooting functionality only found on dedicated hand-held testers.Read more
The LanTEK® III copper and fibre cable certifier from IDEAL Networks is the ultimate tool for productivity. The instant report generator and other innovative features have significantly simplified the cable installation processes involved on-site. By eliminating the need to leave site to collect other equipment or to collaborate with colleagues, the LanTEK III cable certifier saves vital time and money for technicians, companies and clients.Read more
When using a cable certifier, choosing the correct test method between Permanent Link test and Channel test is imperative in order to comply with ISO and TIA test standards. We’ve outlined the main differences between a Permanent Link test and a Channel test so you can choose the right test procedure for your network topology.Read more
Three types of testers are available to installers of local area network (LAN) cabling who require testing beyond what a verifier (wiremapper) provides: qualifiers, transmission testers, and cable certifiers. At the top end, cable certification testers perform comprehensive, high-frequency measurements of the electrical characteristics of a cabling system to ensure it meets the requirements of the TIA-568 and ISO 11801 standards. Up until the mid-2000s, certifiers and verifiers were the only options installers had for testing LAN cabling.Read more
IDEAL Networks, manufacturer of cable and network testers, has introduced a free app that allows field technicians to share test data with colleagues and mobile devices. Used with the new LanTEK® III cable certifier, which can serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot, this helps increase productivity and reduce downtime.Read more
For technicians who install and maintain data cabling, proving performance with test reports is an essential, yet lengthy, and often, complex process. Thanks to the all new SignalTEK® CT from IDEAL Networks however, what was once the time-consuming task of creating a test report, can now be generated digitally, in an instant.Read more
IDEAL Networks has launched a new series of NaviTEK® NT network testers, designed to help networking professionals quickly pinpoint and solve issues for both copper and fibre optic cabling.Read more
IDEAL Networks, manufacturer of cable and network testers, has joined the NBASE-T Alliance, an industry-wide consortium that works to promote the development of 2.5 and 5 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) over twisted pair copper cabling (2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T), through promotion of the IEEE 802.3bz standard, amongst other activities.Read more
It’s been a productive and inventive 2015 for IDEAL Networks. From launching innovative new data cable and network testers to attending influential events and giving our website a fresh face-lift, it's been all hands on deck...Read more
The all new online Quote Builder from IDEAL Networks enables network cable installers to easily select a LanTEK® III cable certifier package that meets their specific job requirements, helping to drive down purchase costs.Read more
IDEAL Networks, global manufacturer of innovative data cable and network testers have introduced LanTEK® III - a new cable certifier that helps reduce cost and increase productivity when installing cabling.Read more
We have launched a new mobile app, IDEAL AnyWARE™ that will allow users to send their test reports to colleagues and clients anywhere.Read more
Testing cabling performance
Three types of testers are available to installers of LAN cabling who require testing beyond what a verifier (wiremapper) provides: qualifiers, transmission testers and cable certifiers.
Article published in Netcomms Europe Volume 5, issue 5, September 2015.
Click here to read the full article.Read more
BICSI conference in Mumbai
We recently attended the BICSI conference in Mumbai, India and launced the SignalTEK® CT at the Marriott Hotel the day before.
At the SignalTEK CT launch event we invited key system integrators, consultants, distributors, OEMs and end users to show the benefits of the SignalTEK CT data transmission tester.
At the BICSI conference Konstantin Huedepohl delivered a key note presentation to 300 delegates about cable testing of Ethernet networks.