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October 12, 2009

JDSU launches ValidatorPRO ethernet speed certifier

To address installation testing and speed certification requirements for LAN ethernet networks

By CBR Staff Writer

JDSU has launched the ValidatorPRO and ValidatorPRO-NT test instruments to allow enterprise network installers to speed certify ethernet cabling, perform optical power measurements, and verify connectivity of WiFi networks.

According to JDSU, both new ValidatorPRO offerings perform ethernet speed certification and include an optical power meter, and ValidatorPRO-NT adds PoE testing and wireless 802.11b/g/n PoE testing features. ValidatorPRO/PRO-NT is the complete offering to ensure performance of copper, fiber, and wireless LAN installations.

The company said that the ValidatorPRO offers faster processing speed, more memory, and increased functionality to optimise the installation process. Test capability includes speed certifying the data-carrying capabilities of copper ethernet network cables up to 1Gb/s by testing for noise in the network, detecting faults in the cabling, and ensuring that cables are able to support the speed capabilities of active equipment.

In addition, the new ValidatorPRO offering includes the JDSU Plan-Um software to create network layouts, document cable test results, show network topology, estimate cable length requirements, and record moves, adds, and changes.

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The ValidatorPRO tests for gigabit ethernet capability via BER tests; reports on signal quality that can impact high-speed data transmission by measuring SNR; provides skew measurements that report on the signal time delay between pairs that can impact ethernet data transmission; and provides continuity testing that detects opens, shorts, miswires, split pairs, reversals, and high-resistance faults, the company said.

Jim Nerschook, vice president and general manager of JDSU’s communications test and measurement business segment, said: JDSU designed the Validator to address the required installation testing and speed certification needs for today’s LAN Ethernet networks. Using the JDSU ValidatorPRO, installers can be assured cable runs support Gigabit Ethernet over copper and also can test fiber cabling, meeting the comprehensive challenge of cable testing in enterprise and home networks.

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