Gigabit network tester

IDEAL LanXPLORER in-line gigabit network tester troubleshoots passive and active networks.

Sycamore, Ill., April 14, 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.

Devices such as 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.

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