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New IDEAL LanXPLORER In-Line Gigabit Network Tester Troubleshoots Passive and Active Networks

SYCAMORE, IL, April 1, 2011 – IDEAL has launched the new LanXPLORER PRO , an in-line gigabit network tester capable of troubleshooting passive and active LAN connections over both copper and fiber, and featuring a Network Discovery/Verify function to identify all active network devices and compare them against previous device lists.

"Network faults or slow performance can have a direct impact on the profitability of any business, whether a small enterprise or a large corporation," explained Dan Payerle, Business Unit Manager, IDEAL DataComm Test. "Our new LanXPLORER PRO has been designed to resolve issues quickly to reduce downtime and costs. It is the most comprehensive network tester on the market today with extensive test capabilities, from locating simple cable faults to identifying causes of network slowdowns."

Aimed at installers, IT administrators, network technicians, system integrators and cable installers, LanXPLORER PRO cost-effectively meets the testing needs of professionals installing or maintaining IT systems in an enterprise, campus or industrial Ethernet environment. In addition to testing active LAN connections over copper and fiber, the LanXPLORER PRO can wirelessly connect to LANs via Wi-Fi (802.11 b, g and n), meaning the user doesn't need to make physical contact with the network.

Network Discovery/Verify

Devices like printers are often added to networks without the IT administrator's knowledge - and when such items are configured incorrectly, problems can occur. The LanXPLORER PRO has a Network Discovery/Verify function that will immediately identify these rogue devices. It further reduces downtime by being able to compare a previously stored network device list against the current device list, making any changes to the network easily identifiable.

The inline test capability can also monitor the performance of devices such as PCs, and can identify any devices that are consuming bandwidth and resulting in poor network performance. The user can select peak, instant, 30-second or continuous bandwidth monitoring. Powerful VoIP testing features also help to identify causes of poor call quality or drop-outs by measuring jitter, packet loss and maximum bandwidth, as well as to identify the network's Top Ten talkers.

Advanced Wiremapping

An advanced, best-in-class wire mapping function provides cable length and distance-to-fault information, and can test by pin and pair, displaying wiring faults such as opens, shorts and split pairs.

PoE Testing

LanXPLORER PRO can test Power over Ethernet (PoE) with load simulation to fully examine PoE power supply equipment, or can be used inline to measure power consumption of PoE and PoE+ devices. This functionality will be welcomed by network administrators hosting IP network video cameras which are increasingly leveraging PoE as a power source.

Touch "n" Test Ease

Competitors' network testers are complicated to use as well as to interpret. In contrast, the LanXPLORER PRO achieves a high level of test capability, yet is simple to use and easy to understand. Most tests can be completed in just three steps, thanks to a "virtual keypad" for faster data input, a 3.5-inch color touchscreen interface, and an icon-driven menu navigation system. Even a novice can learn to operate the product in minutes, without any real need to consult the instruction manual.

Results of any test carried out are quickly delivered and easily interpreted via a clear, color graphical display, significantly saving time when fault finding. To assist users further there is an internal memory for up to 100 tests and a job manager function for efficient organization. In addition, an auto test pre-programmable option makes common tests even easier.

The LanXPLORER PRO can be directly plugged into a wall socket for power, or run off a rechargeable battery pack or standard AA batteries. It is supplied with a convenient carrying case including a CD instruction manual, quick reference guide, two RJ45 STP patch cables, a smart remote adaptor and six dry cell batteries. The LanXPLORER PRO - PREMIUM version also comes with a NiMH rechargeable battery pack, a power supply with adaptor, and an IDEAL amplifier probe.

For more information, phone 1-800-947-3614.


IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. has been serving the electrical industry since 1916. IDEAL is one of the world's leading manufacturers of professional quality tools and supplies serving installation professionals in the construction, maintenance, data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries.

Editorial Contacts:

Dan O’Connell
O’Connell Communications, Inc.

Jeremy Corn

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