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The Networks Division of Ideal Industries, a provider of data communications solutions, has introduced the IENet Pro industrial Ethernet cable tester for manufacturing and processing plants.

Optimised for local-area-network (LAN) testing efficiency, the IENet Pro enables network professionals to instantly verify the integrity of two-pair and four-pair industrial Ethernet cables and to assure proper terminations by detecting opens, shorts, miswires, reversals and split pairs in a fraction of a second.

With its integrated RJ-45 (UTP/STP) and shielded M12 coax interfaces and Profinet-formatted results, the IENet Pro handheld tester is specifically designed for this cable type.

According to Tony Kumeta, general manager, the tester can troubleshoot hardened industrial Ethernet cable and can indicate a variety of wiring faults.

The IENet Pro’s ergonomic design gives the operator full-featured industrial Ethernet cable testing in the palm of his or her hand.

A single button push selects between voice, two- and four-pair data or video, keeping user interactions at a minimum to help prevent mistakes and unnecessary repetitions.

In addition to detecting wiring faults, the IENet Pro will measure cable length and indicate the correct wire map to T568A/B standards for shielded and unshielded cabling.

It will also warn the user of voltages on cables, blink network hubs for visual cable tracing and generate four unique tones to simplify fault isolation.

Straightforward ‘Pass’ or ‘Miswire’ results are displayed in the Profinet industrial Ethernet format on the unit’s LCD screen.

This bright backlit full dot matrix screen is said to be simple to read, even in dark wiring closets, and is viewable in extreme low-light environments.

The unit’s detachable remote enables one-person operation, eliminating the need for technicians to be at both ends of the cable during testing.

The standard IENet Pro package (part number 33-772) comes with one remote with an RJ-45 and an M12 interface.

It is also available with eight remotes (Part number 33-773).

Remote ID numbers are indicated on the LCD display.

Industrial Ethernet cables differ from standard network cables found in commercial or residential applications.

Industrial Ethernet cables are more ruggedly constructed to ensure optimum network performance and uptime, even when subjected to damaging electromagnetic interference, extreme temperatures, crushing, vibration, corrosive chemicals and ultraviolet exposure.

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