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LAN cable tester software promises proper certification

Posted: 13 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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WireScope Pro

Agilent Technologies Inc. has released a new version of software for its handheld LAN cable tester, WireScope Pro, which ensures proper certification of structured cabling in the presence of PoE mid-span devices and AC coupled patch-panels.

PoE technology extends the use of LAN cables from pure Ethernet connectivity to power supply. The continuous deployment of new wireless access points, IP phones and IP-based security cameras demands less complex powering schemes. PoE provides central power supply to networked devices through the LAN cable, replacing dozens of individual power adapters. PoE mid-span sources make it possible to connect new PoE-powered network devices to legacy Ethernet switches with no PoE support.

PoE mid-span cabling configurations are generally AC-coupled so that DC power is applied in the direction toward networked devices but not toward the legacy switch ports. Agilent's new WireScope Pro tests AC-coupled cabling configurations across PoE mid-spans or across PoE patch-panels.

With a frequency range of up to 1GHz, Agilent's WireScope Pro is capable of testing all common cable standards, even beyond the ISO/IEC Class F limit of 600MHz.

"Enterprises are increasingly deploying Power over Ethernet solutions," said Alois Hauk, VP and general manager of Agilent's Photonics and Network Test Division. "With the new software version 2.5, WireScope Pro customers are now optimally equipped to certify PoE LAN cabling infrastructure, a rapidly growing business segment."

The Agilent WireScope Pro version 2.5 software is available today. Registered users can download the software update free of charge from the N2640A WireScope Pro technical support area at

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