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Network Certifier Comparison Chart

tool kits, tool cases As the range of demands faced by LAN installers continues to expand and become more complex, the already important role of the multi-function LAN tester is becoming increasingly critical. Field installers need to be able to test, diagnose and certify many different types and grades of cabling, including both copper and fiber, configured into a wide range of specific installations, including workgroup level LANs, horizontal links, permanent links, campus level backbones, etc. The following chart compares the features and specifications of four models of LAN Testers.


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LAN TESTER COMPARISON CHART
Fluke DSP
4100/4300
Microtest
Omniscanner2
Agilent
Wirescope 350
IDEAL
LANTEK 6 & 7
GENERAL
CAT 6 Trade Value
$5,995 - $6,700
$5,995
$5,995
$5,995
CAT 7 Trade Value
NA
NA
NA
$6,995
Standard Internal Storage Capacity
504
1,000
1,000+
6,000+
Graphic Display of Results
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Stroage of Graphic Data
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Flash Storage
16MB
32MB
32MB
32MB
PCMCIA Universal Interface
No
No
No
Yes
USB Port
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Tone Generator
No
No
No
Yes
Color Display
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Talk Over Copper
No
No
Yes
Yes
Talk Over Fiber
Yes
No
No
Yes
Auto Test Button
Yes
No
No
Yes
Display (on remote)
No
No
No
Yes
PHYSICAL
CAT 7/Class F up to 600MHz
No
No
No
Yes (LANTEK 7)
CAT 7 Upper Freq. MHz
NA
NA
NA
750 (LANTEK 7)
CAT 7 Time To Rest
NA
NA
NA
app. 35 seconds
CAT 6 Upper Freq. MHz
350
300
350
350 (LANTEK 6)
CAT 3, 5, 5E, 6 Class E
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
CAT 6 Test Time
46 seconds
38 seconds
45 seconds
app. 25 seconds
Ring Signal Voltage Protection
Minimal
not claimed
not claimed
Yes
Battery Capacity
10 hours
10 hours
5-6 hours
4-8 hours
Battery Recharge Time
4 hours
3.5 hours
2 hours
2 hours
Ambient Temp. Setting
Yes
No
Auto
Auto
Adapter Configuration
External
External
External
Internal
AUTOTEST TEST (Copper)
Wiremap
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Length
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
NEXT
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Insertion Loss
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Return Loss
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ACR
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ELFEXT
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Delay & Skew
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Power Sum Next
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Power Sum ACR
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Power Sum ELFEXT
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
FAULT FIND (Copper)
DC Loop Resistance
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Capacitance
No
No
Yes
Yes
Impedance
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Length (TDR)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
TEST LEAD AVAILABILITY (Copper)
Category 7 / Class F Adapter
Universal Channel / Permanent TERA
No
No
No
Yes
Universal Channel / Permanent GG45
No
No
No
Awaiting NEXANS
Universal Channel / Permanent Mini-C
No
No
No
Awaiting CTN
Category 6 / Class E
Universal Channel / Permanent RJ45
No
No
No
Yes
Category 5 / 5e / 6
Field Calibration
Special Adapter
Special Adapter
Special Adapter
Channel Adapter
FIBER
MM Fiber Adapter Kit List Price
$3,000
$3,000
$2,100
$1,995
SM Fiber Adapter Kit List Price
$5,000
$5,500
$4,000
$4,495
Length & Delay
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Distance to Fault
No
No
No
TRACETEK
$2,995
Event Tracing
No
No
No
TRACETEK
$2,995
Bi-Directional Loss Measurement
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Test Fiber in Pairs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Test 2 Wavelengths (simultaneaous)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Multimode (850/1300)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Singlemode (1310/1550)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Voice Over Fiber
Yes
No
No
Yes
Fiber Optic Cable Library (TIA/ISO/NW)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
OTHER TESTS (Fiber, Active System Testing)
Power Meter Mode
No
No
No
Yes
FIBER (Standards)
Network Specifications
ATM, FDDI, Fiber Channel
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
100BASE-SX
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
100 Base-F, 10 Base-FL&FB
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
1000 Base SX&LX
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
SOFTWARE
Extensive On Board Help
No
No
No
Yes
PC Graphic Reports
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
USB & Serial Uploads
Serial Only
USB & Serial
USB & Serial
USB & Serial
Graphical Color Report Generation
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
WARRANTY
Duration
2 Years
2 Years
2 Years
2 Years


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