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Fluke MicroScanner PoE

Next-generation MicroScanner verifies voice/data/video cable and services with a revolutionary user interface.

MicroScanner PoE Capabilities:

  • Quickly determine if a problem is caused by a bad or unconnected cable, insufficient power, or a Powered Device (PD).
  • Information for the Network Engineer to investigate potential switch configuration or malfunctions.
  • PoE  Switch Verification – Determine if a switch port can provide enough power by reporting PoE class (0-8).
  • Powered Pairs – Graphically identifies powered pairs. Including Dual Signature where the switch port delivers power on 2 or 4 pairs (802.3bt or PoE ++)
  • PoE Injector verification – Display injector voltage level
  • Active Switch Detection – Determine if a cable is connected to a switch port and port speed up to 10G
  • Cable Testing – Identify any shorted, open or crossed wires at both ends, length of each pair, and send tones to find cables.

MicroScanner Series Features:

  • Straightforward Interface – Graphical wiremap, length, cable ID, and distance to fault displayed on one screen
  • Multimedia Support – Tests all common media types including RJ11, RJ45, Coax(MS2 only), with no need for adapters
  • IntelliTone Toning – Trace virtually any cable or wire pair with IntelliTone digital and analog toning
  • VDV Service Detection – Verifies today’s media services, including 10/100/1000 Ethernet, POTS, and PoE
  • Oversized Display – Large, backlit LCD makes results crystal clear whether in bright sunshine or a dark closet
  • Magnetic Strap (included in MicroScanner kits) – Allows technicians to keep their hands free and their tester safe from potential drops and accidents with strong rare earth magnet

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Draka Review of the Latest News on Cable

Draka Launches Space Saving High Density CAT.6 Cable

Cables and systems specialist Draka has launched a space saving high density Cat. 6 network cable. The compact design of the UC 400 HD C6 U/UTP cable will enable installers to save both time and money by running increased numbers of cables in cable trays and conduits when compared to standard Cat.6 U/UTP cables.

The high density Cat.6 U/UTP cable has an outside diameter of just 5.25mm, whereas the outside diameter of standard Cat.6 U/UTP cable is between 6.0mm to 6.3mm. As a result, Draka’s UC400 Cat 6 HD U/UTP cable has a cross-sectional area approximately 25% less than that of standard Cat.6 U/UTP cabling.

The advantage of the cable’s compact design can be seen using the example of a 300mm x 35mm cable tray. If market standard Cat.6 U/UTP cabling is
installed in the tray, it can carry 140 cable links. When Draka’s new compact cable is used, the tray’s capacity is increased to 195 links, a 40% improvement.

In addition to new build projects, the high density Cat.6 U/UTP cable will also be beneficial for existing system upgrades. The high density cable’s 5.25mm diameter is the same as that of a lower performance, standard Cat 5e cable. The similarity in diameter will enable the performance of existing installations to be upgraded with the new high density cable while reusing the current containment systems, generating significant cost savings in both materials and installation time.

Installers will also benefit from the compact cable’s improved flexibility, box packaging and reduced weight.  The Reelex® box packaging option makes the high density Cat. 6 cable easy to move on site; and when the cable is finished the empty cardboard box can be easily recycled. In addition, the compact cable’s reduced diameter means a 305m box of Draka Cat 6 HD cable is 2kg lighter than the equivalent 13kg box of standard Cat.6 U/UTP cable.

The UC400 Cat 6 HD U/UTP cable is the latest product to be developed by Draka’s market leading research team. The high density Cat.6 cable has excellent headroom of 5dB, which is the same high level of performance as Draka’s UC 400 Cat 6 U/UTP cable. It is compliant with all the relevant international standards including ISO/IEC 11801; ANSI/TIA 568 C-2; IEC 61156-5; EN 50173-1 and EN 50288-6-1. And it meets the fire performance requirements stated in IEC 60332-1-2; IEC 61034-2 and IEC 60754-2.

In addition, Draka’s UC400 Cat 6 HD U/UTP cable is certified as part of the Universal Cabling (UC) – Connect System and has approvals as part of a 3-connector link and 4-connector channel. As with all Draka UC branded cables this product comes with third party approval for cable performance giving end users complete assurance in the structured cabling system.

Optical Lan Solution

Simplifying Enterprise Passive Optical Networks (PON)

As optical fi ber moves closer to end users, rapid changes are underway  in both the data center and the equipment closet. As a result, new installation and maintenance techniques are being employed within enterprise applications. Passive Optical Network (PON) applications are now being deployed. Fiber is no longer limited to just access equipment. Fiber connectivity to a single user is a reality. TE Connectivity off ers complete, end-to-end PON infrastructure solutions called Optical LAN Solution (OLS). From the data center to the desktop, our customers have tapped the experience and innovation of TE to build their PON networks. TE’s suite of end-to-end connectivity solutions is truly comprehensive. This ordering guide highlights the most commonly used components that feature fi eld-proven attributes that can save time, money and help improve customer satisfaction. The diagram below highlights a PON deployment using one of the TE OLS solutions. Each number corresponds to a specifi c innovative TE
product which is described in more detail in this ordering guide.



  • Equipment is replaced by a single Fiber Distribution Hub (OLH) that can be wall mounted for significant space savings
  • Reduced troubleshooting and maintenance costs
  • Power and environmental savings with OLS versus traditional LAN architectures
  • Indoor and outdoor environmental protection
  • Advanced cable management
  • Time-saving cross-connect options
  • Field-proven performance and reliability
  • Pre-terminated and plug-and-play options
  • Rigorous quality standards


Cat8/Category 8

What is Cat 8?
Currently there are a number of similar but different Category 8 (Cat 8) solutions being considered by the standards bodies for 40Gb/s over twisted pair copper.

In the USA, TIA/EIA is considering Cat 8 based on an extended performance Cat 6A cable. Meanwhile in Europe ISO/IEC is looking at two options currently tagged Cat 8.1 based on an extended performance Cat 6A cable and Cat 8.2 based on an extended Cat 7A cable. Interestingly all of these are based on shielded cables and connectors because of alien crosstalk difficulties.

As yet, there is no clear choice of connector – though there is a significant body of weight in favor of the RJ-45 footprint rather than the larger ‘square’ contender. This is partly in order to achieve high density patch panel and switch configurations and partly because RJ-45 is what almost everyone in the industry is used to and comfortable with.

It looks likely however, that even if a RJ-45 profile jack is used, to ensure the necessary crosstalk performance, its pin configuration will mean that it will not be backward compatible with 10GBASE-T and lower speed standards. Whilst this is unlikely to create a problem in the data centre, it might not be so acceptable if Cat 8 ever reaches the enterprise LAN.

Thermal Adhesive Coated (TAC) Fiber System

TE Connectivity’s (TE) thermal adhesive coated (TAC) fiber system provides fast, flexible and nearly invisible installation of fiber cable within a home or business.

Utilizing a lightweight, portable handheld fiber tool and 900 micron fiber microcable with integrated adhesive, installers are able to quickly and easily install fiber around baseboard, windows and trim work.

When turned on, the handheld device triggers the heat-activated adhesive in the fiber – allowing the fiber to bond continously to the surface area as it is applied.


  • Fiber bonds consistently to common surface types in any indoor environment
  • Does not require messy caulking, staples or brackets
  • Installed cable almost undetectable to the casual observer
  • Reduced bend radius fiber technology is less susceptible to attenuation loss as a result of handling and tight bends
  • Microcable compatible with field installable connectors, or can be fusion spliced into the network
  • Cordless, portable – fiber dispenser tool travels anywhere


  • Microcable fiber adheres to surface with heat activation
  • Ergonomic, battery-operated handheld fiber dispenser tool
  • Removable sleeve on handheld device enables quick disengagement of fiber cable
  • Available in 300, 500 and 1000 foot cable spools