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13 Nov 2018, 14:15

Reduce verification test time and technician errors with Fluke Networks

Over the years a lot has changed in the network cabling world, with industry economics requiring installations to be done faster, more accurately and with a minimum of callbacks to the technicians. But at the same time converging voice, data and video technologies have given rise to new requirements for service testing and multimedia support.

Fluke Networks has looked at the way verification testing is carried out and designed the MicroScanner2 to streamline the process with a time-saving interface and multimedia support enabling technicians to perform their jobs faster and more accurately. 

Fluke Networks revolutionary changes in voice, data, and video cable testing are incorporated into the MicroScanner2 cable verifier and they revolve around the following key points:

1. Revolutionary Interface

It all starts by taking results from four different test modes and displaying them all at once, whereas in older verification testers, you would need to toggle between different screens, which would slow you down and possibly lead to user errors. The MicroScanner2 displays these key test results – wire map, pair lengths, distance to fault, cable ID, and far end device – all on one large clear display.

2. Multimedia Support

Another issue with older testers was the need to additional adapters for the various voice, data and video media types, however, these were often lost or broken, with the MicroScanner2 this is a thing of the past with built-in RJ11, RJ45 and coax support. Both the main unit and the far-end identifiers can be used to test telephone jacks, Ethernet jacks, and CATV outlets right out of the box. 

3. Rule out service problems fast

It’s not just cabling issues to deal with, in today’s world communication technicians also have to determine if it’s a service issue before determining the cause of a connection problem. The MicroScanner2 can help with this to verify today’s most common voice, data and video service issues, like

  • Is there a telephone voltage?
  • What’s the polarity?
  • Detect the presence of POTS voltage and verify polarity.
  • Verify powered 10/100/1000 Ethernet switches at the far end.
  • Confirm proper PoE voltage and pairs.

4. IntelliTone Toning

The MicroScanner2 also features built-in IntelliTone digital and analogue toning to precisely locate almost any cable or wire pair, regardless of the work environment. By using its digital mode you can locate high-grade data cabling (Cat 5e/6/6a) in bundles, at switches, patch panels or wall outlets, this digital mode especially performs in environments with high data, RF, or electromagnetic interference. 

When used in conjunction with the IntelliTone 200 Pro Probe (513-6463), you can use it to verify cable wire map from either the tester end or the probe end and by using analogue mode you can also verify voice-grade cabling (Cat 3 and below), as well as coax, security/alarm, and speaker wiring as these cables are optimized for lower frequency transmissions so therefore are more easily isolated with a low-frequency tone. 

The MicroScanner2 uses a smart analogue tone, which changes the songs each time the pair under test is shorted together, this helps to eliminate guesswork locating individual wire pairs during installations.

Key Features of MicroScanner2:


Fluke Networks MicroScanner2 Products available from RS:

  • MS2-100 (036-9564)
    MicroScanner2 Cable Verifier with main wire map adapter, multi-language Getting Started Guide, batteries, and Fluke Networks carry pouch.

  • MS2-KIT (036-9554)
    The MicroScanner2 Professional Kit Includes MicroScanner2, Cable Verifier with main wire map adapter, IntelliTone™ Pro 200 Probe, Remote Identifiers #2-7, patch cords (shielded RJ45, RJ11, coax), multi-language Getting Started Guide, batteries, Magnetic Strap Attachment, and deluxe Fluke Networks carry case.

With a background in electronics and electrical engineering, with a keen eye on innovation and how things work.

13 Nov 2018, 14:15