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3M approves cable certifiers

22 February 2010

Ideal Industries Network Division has announced that its LanTEK I and LanTEK II series of cable certifiers have now been approved by 3M. 3M has approved the LanTEK I and II series for certifying copper Class E, Class EA, CAT6 and CAT6A 3M cabling systems, according to ISO/IEC 11801 Amendment 1 and 2, EN 50173 series and TIA/EIA-568-B-2-10 standards.

3M approves cable certifiers
3M approves cable certifiers

The approval is valid for cabling systems and tester models in either permanent link or channel in UTP, FTP or fully shielded systems.

Rosemary McGlashon, European marketing, enterprise network solutions at 3M commented: "We are very pleased that our installer base now has an even wider choice of approved cable certifiers for certifying installed 3M data cabling solutions."

Ideal’s LanTEK II cable certifier series provides certification to TIA, ISO and IEC LAN cabling standards. In addition, Ideal’s FiberTEK FDX fibre optic modules enable the LanTEK II to certify multi-mode and single mode fibre to TSB Tier 1 standards.

Gilbert Owens, sales manager at Ideal Industries Network Division commented: "The approval from 3M once again demonstrates the high reliability and performance of the LanTEK II, which we believe is now the most technically advanced and cost effective package available for copper and fibre cable certification."

IDEAL’s patented measurement system, which provides reduced cost of ownership by eliminating expensive permanent link adaptors. The unique DUALmode test function enables the user to test a copper link against two different standards with a single Autotest, making it easy to test a link to current standards, as well as measure the performance margin against future standards with higher performance requirements; while adding only one second to the Autotest time.

The FiberTEK FDX modules for certifying fibre links or backbones simply plug into the adapter bay of the LanTEK II certifier.

The unique full duplex capability of the FiberTEK FDX makes fibre certification as easy as copper certification. A single strand of fibre connected between the handsets is tested at two wavelengths and in both directions at once. Fibre length is accurately measured as well. Never before has it been possible to measure a single strand of fibre and report the length and all four insertion loss tests without swapping test instruments or connectors!

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