New software update for testing MPTL with the LanTEK III Cable Certifier
IDEAL Networks is helping installers certify Modular Plug Terminated Links (MPTL) thanks to a new software update for its LanTEK III cable certifier.
How to test MPTL with the new LanTEK III Software Update
The existing IDEAL Networks cat 6A Channel Adapter for the LanTEK III cable certifier already uses the approved “centred” jack that can be used to measure the performance of RJ45 plugs. So, to equip the tester with the capability to test MPTL, you can simply download a free software upgrade from IDEAL Networks. Once the software is installed, by configuring a LanTEK III with a Channel Adapter on one handset and a cat6A Permanent Link Adapter on another, a proper MPTL certification test can be performed.
Channel Adapters for MPTL testing
Following the free software update, the LanTEK III cable certifier with Channel Adapters will be ready to use for MPTL testing. Those that do not have LanTEK III Channel and PL Adapters already can purchase these individually from IDEAL Networks, providing the best value solution to the challenges of MPTL.
The right RJ45 plugs for MPTL Testing
Having the right tester is not the only factor for ensuring MPTL installations can pass the standardised test. As explained in IDEAL Networks’ White Paper ‘The Rise of Modular Plug Terminated Links’ the type of male RJ45 plugs typically used in these installations are low cost, low quality plugs. These are not of a suitable quality to pass certification, so tests will return a fail result. Therefore, installers that need to certify MPTL must first ensure that the installation uses proper field-terminatable plugs for cat 6/6A (and higher) performance to obtain accurate test results and proof of performance for customers.