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All-in-one voice, data and video tester

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FLUKE Networks has announced the worldwide availability of MicroTools voice, data and video (VDV) installation and testing solutions.

The new line features Business in a Box, a bundled tester and training package aimed at electrical contractors and other new installers of residential and light commercial cabling.

The number of VDV installers targeting residential networking as well as small-to-medium sized commercial network installation is swelling as electrical contractors move toward datacom.

Over one million new VDV installation technicians worldwide are expected to serve the burgeoning demand for VDV network installation in homes, apartments, hotels, office complexes and other commercial enterprises over the next three years.

"With the convergence of voice, data and video applications within both homes and businesses, electrical contractors are now faced with becoming IT professionals in addition to being electricians," says Mark Johnston, RCDD, Copper Products and Standards Manager for Fluke Networks.

"It is our job to provide them with the proper tools and resources to understand, install and be able to verify multimedia structured cabling to current standards."

Fluke Networks' new Business in a Box contains an educational reference CD-ROM and the MicroScanner Pro, the network cable tester and flagship of the MicroTools line.

The CD-ROM will focus on the basics of voice, data and video applications as well as explain cable types, cabling preparation, termination, installation standards and practices, and proper testing methods. It also contains a verification report template so installers can provide end-users with a documented record of the work performed.

Currently, the MicroTools line includes the MicroScanner Pro, MicroProbe, MicroMapper and MicroNetBlink.

MicroScanner Pro is a network cable verification and troubleshooting tool that tests both coaxial and all twisted pair cables and can troubleshoot other wires (i.e., speaker, security networks or telephone cable). It accurately measures length, checks wiremapping for proper configuration and pinpoints distances to faults and miswires.

MicroProbe is an inductive probe used for locating cables hidden in floors, ceilings, walls and in bundles. The probe emits a sound that gets louder as the Probe gets closer to the cable.

MicroMapper is a compact handheld cable tester that verifies the integrity of twisted pair cabling in one step for opens, shorts, crossed, reversed and split pairs. It also has a built-in tone generator to allow cable tracing through the walls, floors and ceilings.

MicroNetBlink identifies network ports and cables through both analog toning and digital signal methods. It will flash hub and switch port lights for immediate port location in a busy wiring closet.

It can also verify cable continuity, pair condition, line polarity and voltage in network cabling systems, modular telephone lines and coaxial systems. Fluke Australia 02 8850 3333.

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