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June 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM


That’s right. We said it. 


Sure, Buzzfeed has lots of great stuff. But can you find helpful tips about testing equipment that might be useful to your network application?


Most likely not.


In this post, we’re going to explore the world of testers. After reading these tips and pointers, you’ll be able to navigate the variety of testers available today and learn how they are used. 


Does your application call for environmental testing, electrical verification or simple cable continuity testing?


Stay tuned. 


We’ll look at four categories of testers, from fiber testers to electrical testers, to testers that even measure sound levels.




Electrical Testers



Voltage problems, anyone?


Look no further. This series of testers function for detecting live electrical circuits, loose electrical wiring and include testers such as POE testers and voltage detectors.


One example of an electrical tester is the Model AX502 by AEMC Instruments. With dual 30V outputs, it has the ability to display both voltage and current for each output. The Model AX502 offers a unique master/slave tracking arrangement whereby the ratio between the master and slave can be setup on the fly as needed during the test. Adjusting the master voltage causes the slave to track. Adjusting the slave voltage causes the ratio from master to slave to change accordingly. 


In addition, this electrical tester offers a Coarse and Fine voltage adjustment as well as a current limiting adjustment. It is built to provide many years of reliable, precise, easy-to-use operation and will be a welcome addition to any lab, test bench or production line. 




Environmental Testers



This group includes testers such as light meters, sound lever meters, and thermometers. Worried about an obscene amount of noise harming your co-workers or employees ears? You might want a sound level meter.


The Sound Level Meter Model CA832 by L-com is designed to assess sound ambiences or nuisances in accordance with international safety and quality standards. It complies with the IEC 651 standard. The Model CA832 is a portable, compact instrument with a 2000-count backlit LCD. It is designed for simple, one-hand operation and may be fitted on a tripod for long duration measurements. It features two weighting curves, A and C, for measurement integrating the sensitivity of the human ear according to sound frequency.




Copper Cable Testers



Choose yours from a selection of products for coaxial, Cat5/5e/6, fiber optic, USB, D-subminiature, Firewire, Telco RJ11/12 and more. 


At L-com we stock both simple go-no-go Cat5 cable testers as well as advanced network tester solutions which map IP addresses and cable routes. The AEMC CA7028 Wire Mapper Pro LAN Cable Tester is a hand-held structured cable mapping and troubleshooting tester designed for use on UTP, STP, FTP and SSTP cabling equipped with RJ-45 connectors and wired to either TIA 568A/B (ISO 11801 and EN 50137), USOC or ISDN specifications. It detects open circuit pairs, shorts, crossed wires, crossed pairs, reversed pairs, split pairs and shield faults. 


Some manufacturers you’ll find include L-com, Fluke Networks, AEMC, and Advanced Fiber Solutions. 




Fiber Cable Testers



A fiber optic test kit allows users to quickly test multimode and single mode fiber cabling. Applications where these might come in handy are:


  • •Fiber cable build shops
  • •Fiber Installers
  • •Network Technicians


The AFS OTDR's for Multimode and Single mode Fiber cabling by L-com measures the attenuation in optical fibers and splices, as well as the length and the distance to any event, such as a break in the fiber link. The Micro OTDR is accurate enough for laboratory use but portable and rugged enough for field applications. 


These OTDR's are used in conjunction with a PC or Laptop with a USB interface, eliminating the need for batteries completely! The USB connection allows the Micro OTDR to be controlled from a laptop or PC and runs off of Windows 9x/NT/2000 and XP versions.


As you can see, L-com not only offers continuity cable testers but also test equipment developed for testing light, sound, temperature, power and more. 



Have a look at L-com's Test Equipment here:   




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