Ethernet tester to help increase bandwidth and prevent downtime

14-01-2021 | IDEAL Networks | Test & Measurement

Ideal Networks is launching SignalTEK 10G, a new handheld Ethernet tester designed to measure the maximum bandwidth available on networks, identify bottlenecks and find ways to increase bandwidth without the need to replace expensive data cabling.

There is an ever-increasing demand on LAN networks from bandwidth-hungry services, such as video streaming, video conferencing, CCTV cameras and Wi-Fi access points. This extra pressure on networks can lead to expensive downtime and lost productivity but replacing all cabling to improve bandwidth is cost-prohibitive for many organisations.

“There are 111 billion metres of Cat5e/Cat6 cabling installed globally that is limited to 1Gb/s bandwidth speeds due to the current switches deployed,” says Tim Widdershoven, Marketing Director for IDEAL Networks. “In the past, there was no simple way to check the maximum bandwidth that existing cabling would support if you upgraded to Multi-Gigabit switches delivering 2.5, 5 or 10Gb/s speeds.”

“SignalTEK 10G solves that problem, enabling you to prove the system will support the bandwidth required before you make an expensive investment,” he continues.

“SignalTEK 10G is a feature-rich tool for data cable installers, systems integrators, IT enterprises and AV installers alike,” says Tim. “As well as providing accurate 10G transmission testing, SignalTEK 10G can also be used as a wiremapper, PoE (Power over Ethernet) tester and for troubleshooting and maintenance of active and passive copper and fibre networks.”

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