To simplify network testing, IDEAL Networks has released free software updates for the SignalTEK NT network transmission tester, SignalTEK CT cable transmission tester and the NaviTEK NT Plus and Pro network troubleshooters. For significant enhancements, such as improved wiremap and port discovery information, users can download the free updates from the IDEAL Networks website.
Following substantial development, the updated software for SignalTEK NT provides an extended list of wiremap templates for common Ethernet cable types including CAT 6A/7A/8, and non-Ethernet cable, such as Profinet, ISDN and Deutsche Bahn (German Rail system).
Originally introduced on the NaviTEK NT Plus and Pro testers in 2017, this troubleshooting functionality enables customers using twisted pair cabling and non-standard connector terminations to use fixed templates to achieve more accurate pass/fail wiremap results.
For maximum versatility, users can also create custom templates for wiremap testing so the SignalTEK NT tester can be used to easily test wiremap of custom or proprietary cabling systems.
In addition to the IP address assigned to the SignalTEK NT, the subnet, gateway and DNS addresses are now shown to give technicians at-a-glance insight on how the network is configured when DHCP is used to connect SignalTEK NT to the network.
The software updates also improve distance to fault accuracy when multiple faults are detected. This caters to a wider range of the test scenarios that installers and technicians may encounter, making troubleshooting easier.
To provide compatibility with switches from a wider range of manufacturers, the update offers improved CDP/LLDP decoding.
When plugged into a network port, the CDP/LLDP data is automatically displayed on the home screen so users can quickly see the brand name, switch ID/MAC address and switch port number; providing at-a-glance access to critical diagnostic and troubleshooting information.