Platinum Tools will feature the Net Chaser Ethernet Speed Certifier and Network Tester during CEDIA 2016 (Booth 2123). Net Chaser is now shipping, and has an MSRP of $1,899.95.
“Made in the USA, the Net Chaser Ethernet Speed Certifier and Network Tester offers a complete solution to test and speed certify the data-carrying capabilities of ethernet network cables up to 1 Gbps by testing for noise in the network, detecting faults in the cable wiring, and ensuring that cables are able to support the speed capabilities of active equipment,” said George Jang, Platinum Tools product manager. “The Net Chaser’s advanced discovery gives the clearest vision of network layout and interfaces between active components such as servers, switches, routers, etc. All the information is collected, stored, and ready for reporting ethernet speed certification (Speed Certification to IEEE standards 802.3ab; Cable testing to TIA568A/B). Installers have asked for a tester that validates data cables by testing all the parameters they need to test beyond verifying proper terminations. The Net Chaser is a proven product that does just that.”
To certify Ethernet speed performance of cable runs, the Net Chaser conducts Bit Error Rate (BER) tests by sending data packets down specified cable runs at defined data rates to check for errors at the maximum throughput of the link. The Net Chaser reports on signal quality that can affect high-speed data transmission by measuring signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Skew measurements report on the signal time delay between pairs that can affect gigabit data transmission. Finally, the Net Chaser unit provides continuity testing that detects opens, shorts, miswires, split pairs, reversals, and high-resistance faults while accurately measuring distance to faults and total cable length.
Additional feature sets include the ability to measure and display length for each pair in feet or meters, and improperly terminated cables are clearly displayed on a color graphical wire-mapping display. The Net Chaser verifies continuity for RJ45 and coax cables, generates professional test reports with company details and logo, and features tone generation, ID only remotes (network and coax—up to 20 available) and testing and ID remotes (up to eight available).
The Net Chaser also includes a comprehensive set of features for testing active network capabilities, including measuring power over ethernet (PoE) to ensure the correct power is available on the correct pins, and using Port Discovery to ensure the correct speed and duplex capability are available. It can connect at gigabit ethernet and run ping tests to verify connectivity to IP hosts; and discover network devices using Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) or Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP). It also features VLAN discovery and a Traceroute function, which displays the path internet packets travel to reach a specified destination. The Net Chaser also saves test reports and exports to PCs in PDF or CSV format.
The Net Chaser features a 3.5-inch color touchscreen display and a compact form factor, and is powered by third-generation rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. It features modular cable interfaces, field-upgradeable firmware, and is SD card compatible for data file transfer of cable tests.