Cable Certification VS Transmission Testing

27/02/2018

Cable Certification VS Transmission Testing

Distinguishing between when to use a cable certifier or a transmission tester can make selecting the right tool challenging, particularly when there is conflicting information in the industry.

To help simplify things, we have listed out the key differences between certification and transmission testing.  Essentially, cable certifiers only need to be used if required by a cable manufacturer’s warranty, or specifically stated in the job specification. In all other scenarios, a transmission tester is the most effective and economical way to provide proof of performance to an international standard. 

Cable Certification

When required by the project specification or a cable manufacturer warranty is required, a certifier remains an essential part of an installer’s kit. The test and accuracy requirements for cable certifiers are defined by ISO and TIA cabling standards. All certifiers must meet certain criteria and an examination of the literature for a few key terms will help identify a certifier from other testers. Look for:

  • Meets ISO/IEC 61935 and TIA 1152-A accuracy requirements
  • ETL Level III/IIIe verified accuracy
  • Measures NEXT, PSNEXT, Return Loss, Insertion Loss and ACR-F
  • Specifies a test frequency range of at least 500 MHz

A certification tester must test for all the distinct parameters required by the standards in order to certify a link. When it comes to TIA and ISO standards, certification gives testing results in a “Pass” or “Fail” result based on the category or class of cabling tested.

If a job calls for a cable certifier, the LanTEK III is the best tool to guarantee installed cabling meets the stringent performance requirements defined by the ISO/IEC and ANSI/TIA standards bodies. They find faulty components, sources of installation mistakes and help ensure that the materials are genuine quality products.

Transmission Testing

Where cable manufacturer warranties are not required, the SignalTEK NT is a cost effective way of proving your copper and fibre networks provide error-free performance. By simulating network traffic users are able to test and document network and data cable performance to the IEEE802.3ab Gigabit Ethernet standard.

Automatic pass/fail test reports are generated in PDF or CSV format using the free IDEAL AnyWARE™ app. These reports are used to support the cable installers own warranty and prove the installation was completed successfully, therefore future call backs would be chargeable. What’s more Transmission testers are very easy to use compared to a certifier and don’t require annual calibration.

For more information on what cable certification and transmission testers are available to you, visit http://www.idealnetworks.net/.

Recent articles

  • Need Help Testing Modular Plug Terminated Links? 18/09/2018

    IDEAL Networks explains answers common questions about the challenges of the testing and certification of Modular Plug Terminated Links.

    Read more
  • Why certify LAN cabling installation? 04/09/2018

    LAN cable certifiers are the go-to method of testing twisted pair cabling. But why do installers need to certify cabling? And what is the difference between a certifier and other types of LAN testers? Dan Barrera, Global Product Manager from IDEAL Networks explains.

    Read more
  • New Online Shop for IDEAL Networks UK Customers 28/08/2018

    IDEAL Networks customers in the UK can now experience a new way to purchase a wide range of data cable, network and CCTV testers with the launch of its online shop.

    Read more
  • Free September Webinar: Troubleshooting Inactive Networks and Data Cabling 23/08/2018

    A free webinar from IDEAL Networks in September will help data cable installers and network technicians learn top troubleshooting tips for networks and data cabling.

    Read more
  • New software update for testing MPTL with the LanTEK III Cable Certifier 09/08/2018

    IDEAL Networks is helping installers certify Modular Plug Terminated Links (MPTL) thanks to a new software update for its LanTEK III cable certifier.

    Read more