New SignalTEK 10G Ethernet Tester to help increase bandwidth and prevent downtime

TREND 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 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 TREND 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 10GBy simulating actual network traffic SignalTEK 10G enables users to test, troubleshoot and document network and data cable performance up to 10 Gigabit Ethernet standards. With a max throughput test, the tester verifies what the maximum error-free bandwidth the cabling or infrastructure can support and establishes what hardware or applications would work on an existing link. This saves significant time and cost compared to replacing data cabling.

Once the upgrade is installed, SignalTEK 10G can be used again to test and prove performance to international standards. With built-in Wi-Fi connectivity it connects to the free TREND AnyWARE Cloud test management system to generate professional reports for the client.

The AnyWARE Cloud management system also allows real time collaboration between Project Managers and Field Technicians. Project Managers can pre-configure the jobs and tests in the AnyWARE Cloud, eliminating potential mistakes and reducing the time taken to prepare reports for customers. As it is cloud-based, it can be accessed from any location with an internet connection and web browser, making it an ideal solution for teams where members may be working from home.

Via the TeamViewer Live Support feature, Project Managers can also connect from any location to SignalTEK 10G on the jobsite to troubleshoot failed links, minimising troubleshooting time and reducing call-backs, while limiting personal interaction. Access can also be granted to cable manufacturers and TREND Networks Technical Support to allow further troubleshooting if required.

“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.”

The new tester brings together a range of diagnostic tools to support faster troubleshooting and reduce downtime. For instance, one feature of the SignalTEK 10G will log all network events over a 72-hour period to help diagnose intermittent connectivity issues faster, reducing hours onsite and trips to site.

SignalTEK 10GIt also has features which eliminate guesswork when installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting where PoE is deployed up to 90W (PoE++), as maximum power can be measured accurately, and installations can be verified to IEEE standards.

“To maximise their investment, businesses can order SignalTEK 10G now, then upgrade and unlock additional features only as needed,” explains Tim. “This is a future-proof tester, designed to meet your network needs today and tomorrow.”

SignalTEK 10G is available to pre-order now from TREND Networks’ distributors or direct from TREND Networks’ online shop.

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