Ideal Networks releases PoE validator
Ideal Networks has released a new handheld tester that will simplify the process of installing, maintaining and troubleshooting Power over Ethernet (PoE) devices and data cabling, measuring and reporting PoE class voltage/voltage drop, watts and injector type and making it easy to see how much power is available.
PoE powers a variety of home and business technology features including VoIP phones, smart lighting systems, CCTV, digital signage, WiFi access points, intercoms, sensors and more. With PoE continuously growing, technicians need fast, accurate PoE validation to eliminate guesswork and get the job done faster.
Ideal Networks marketing director Tim Widdershoven says that the new device eliminates trial and error when installing or troubleshooting PoE systems as installers could now get an accurate measurement of maximum power available to PoE devices in any installation.
“Previously technicians had to understand all the various standards, device power outputs and cable lengths to be sure a device will operate successfully. There was a lot of guesswork involved,” he explains.
But, with the PoE Pro, users can see whether the correct power is provided to a device and see whether any subsequent problem lies with the power supply or the cabling. The device screen displays the voltage, PoE class from 0 to 8, and type, whether 802.3 af, at or bt, regardless of cable length, cable quality or other factors.
Tim says: “Fault finding is fast with the PoE Pro helping to minimise disruption and potential damage to fixtures and fixings.”
There is also ethernet speed detection (10/100/1000 Mbps) and it quickly determines which media service is running over the cable, such as Ethernet, ISDN, PBX and PoE resulting in faster fault diagnosis.
Tim adds: “PoE Pro is a convenient tool for security, IT, communications, PoE lighting and building automation professionals. Whatever the job, the integrated RJ11/RJ12 (voice), RJ45 (data) and F-Type (video) connectors allow faster testing of most types of low-voltage cables. It’s the ideal way to validate PoE and deliver accurate proof of performance.”